Please Pass the Recipe

sharing recipes from one generation to the next

Chicken Poached in Master Stock

master stock aromaticsCold cooked chicken is so versatile when it comes to making summer meals . Hot roast chicken is delicious, but a significant amount of the weight is lost from the bird into the roasting pan, and unless the roasting is timed to perfection, the breast meat can be a little dry when chilled.

When the weather forecast is for a succession of hot days, I sometimes poach a whole large organic chicken, and make chicken and mango salad with curried yoghurt dressing or Vietnamese chicken coleslaw. Cold chicken salads are always well received in summer and after the cool change has swept through the fragrant stock makes a light Asian style noodle soup.

When cooking chicken by this method the meat juices accumulate under the skin and set into an unctuous jelly. Be careful when removing the skin from the cooked bird to collect the jelly and add it to the stock. Skim the fat and strain the aromatics from the stock. You can now freeze the stock to reuse as poaching liquor for another chicken at a later date or serve it as a delicious chicken soup.

1 X 1.7kg organic chicken

For the master stock

6 spring onions, washed

3 cloves garlic, smashed

5cm piece root ginger thickly sliced

1 orange

2 X 10cm sticks cassia bark

4 whole star anise

1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns

2 tablespoons Shao Xing cooking wine

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

Remove the chicken from the fridge.

Choose a lidded pot that will snugly contain the chicken. Put all the ingredients for the stock into the pan, half fill with water, then bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cover and simmer for 1/2 hour so that the aromatics are infused into the water.

Gently add the chicken to the stock breast side down, being sure that the cavity fills with hot stock. The chicken must be completely submerged so add a little more water if necessary.

Return the stock to the boil, then reduce the heat, place a simmer pad under the pot, and cover tightly with the lid. Low simmer for 40 minutes without lifting the lid, then turn off the heat and allow to rest for 1 hour. Transfer the pot to the refrigerator and allow the chicken to cool in the stock overnight.

Remove the chicken from the stock and drain the stock from the cavity back into pan.

Strain the stock and either chill or freeze.

You now have a deliciously moist poached chicken.



About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

14 comments on “Chicken Poached in Master Stock

  1. Pingback: Chicken Salad with Fragrant Herbs and Hoi Sin Dressing | Please Pass the Recipe

  2. Pingback: Thai Noodle Salad « Please Pass the Recipe

  3. Pingback: VIETNAMESE STYLE “COLESLAW” WITH CHICKEN « Please Pass the Recipe

  4. Fae's Twist & Tango
    January 28, 2013

    This is extremely interesting! 😀 Fae.


    • ladyredspecs
      January 28, 2013

      Welcome back Fae, I hope you enjoyed your break. It’s the best method I know of to cook a chicken with a guaranteed very moist and flavoursome result.


  5. trangquynh
    January 27, 2013

    the poached chicken looks amazing and mouth-watering, and I think it will be really flavorful thanks to the ingredients you used for the masterstock 😉


    • ladyredspecs
      January 28, 2013

      Yes, it’s a seriously tasty chicken recipe. Thanks for commenting and following 😀


  6. Pingback: My Chicken Rice « Please Pass the Recipe

  7. marymtf
    January 27, 2013

    I like poached chicken too. Sandra, I have to ask you, do you do as I do and let the liquid cool overnight in the fridge before putting in the freezer? I find that the fat tends to rise to the surface, then, and is easy to skim off.


    • ladyredspecs
      January 27, 2013

      Yep, I leave the chicken to cool in the stock overnight. I skim off the fat, strain, then freeze the stock, far easier than scooping off liquid fat, or trying to remove frozen globs later.


  8. Karen
    January 27, 2013

    I love poached chicken…it is so nice a moist.


  9. Leah
    January 26, 2013



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


This entry was posted on January 26, 2013 by in Chicken dishes, FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Light Savoury Dishes, Main Meals and tagged , .
%d bloggers like this: