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What to do with one whole poached chicken breast?

rcallner Jun 20, 2010 11:39 AM

Lovely dinner with friends last night - featured the better parts of two whole (free-range organic) chickens, among other things, but I realized while cooking that I'd have too much chicken if I cooked the second chicken's breast part. So, instead, I poached said portion in a lovely broth with herbs. It's fragrantly cooling on my counter now, and I'd love suggestions for best realizing its potential. (It's nice - moisty and quite flavorful just as it is). Whattaya think???

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    stephle Jun 26, 2010 05:02 PM

    OMG saw the title to this thread and got all excited - IMHO the best thing for a poached chicken is the Poached Chicken with Ginger-Scallion Sauce from Epicurious. Easy and perfect for warm weather eating. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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    1. re: stephle
      rcallner Jun 27, 2010 12:01 PM

      Thanks - that sounds really lovely. I'll try it with tofu or fish for my non-meat-eating companion, too.

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      kcfields Jun 23, 2010 08:38 PM

      I would shred the chicken, reserving some of the broth (maybe a cup). Cook a package or two, depending on how much shredded chicken you end up with, of the 10 minute style rice. Mix a can or two of cream of chicken (or mushroom, or celery) soup with the broth and some milk to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, maybe even poultry seasoning and sage. Combine all together for a delicious chicken and rice dish. And if you have it on hand, a smoked beef or kielbasa sausage, sliced, makes a tasty addition. This is good served with hot sauce.

      1. amyzan Jun 23, 2010 05:48 PM

        At this time of year, I like poached chicken breast with cold noodles, sliced cucumber, and a flavorful sauce or dressing. Alternatively, I make chicken salad or slice and make a sandwich with butterhead lettuce and homemade mayo.

        1. Gio Jun 21, 2010 05:45 AM

          I love a Vietnamese spicy cabbage salad. Green cabbage, quartered, cored and sliced in v. thin ribbons; grated carrots; chopped cilantro; a small red onion which is marinated in white vinegar for 15 minutes then drained and added to the veggies. Actually, any combination of salad greens and vegetables is terrific in this salad.
          The dressing is:
          2 Thai chilies, chopped
          1 clove garlic, chopped
          1/2 tsp sugar & a pinch of salt
          3 T fish sauce
          6 T Japanese rice vinegar

          ETA: I forget to say ...add shredded chicken to the dressing....along with the veggies.

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          1. re: Gio
            rcallner Jun 21, 2010 07:55 AM

            Thanks for the great suggestions! Living with a fish-eating vegetarian, I'm going to power solo through these options before the chicken disappears over the hill. I'm going to marinade some chunks of tofu and do a veggie version of Gio's delicious-sounding salad, for the sake of togetherness at the dinner hour.

            1. re: rcallner
              rcallner Jun 23, 2010 05:28 PM

              Another thing that was very tasty was - rye bread panini, spread with fresh pesto, then sliced chicken breast, then thinly-sliced red onion, fresh tomato, and fresh mozzarella. Good sammie.

          2. MMRuth Jun 21, 2010 05:17 AM

            I love a simple chicken salad sandwich - cut up or shred the chicken, add some mayonnaise and either chopped fresh chives or tarragon. Heaven. Sometimes I make a curried chicken salad - usually throw in some raisins, nuts, a little mango chutney. Maybe some apple if I have it around.

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              tastesgoodwhatisit Jun 21, 2010 03:07 AM

              I'm doing a chicken salad for dinner tomorrow night - cold poached chicken, diced, with finely diced onion, chopped apple and celery, toasted walnuts and a yoghurt based dressing.

              1. Emme Jun 20, 2010 09:55 PM

                my mother or grandmother would say, "eat it cold dipped in mayo."

                right now, what sounds good to me is shredded chicken topped with a light charred smoky tomato enchilada type sauce, topped with a poached egg.

                or a chicken salad with mayo, cranberries, celery, pecans, poppy seeds, and a dash of honey.

                or shredded with gravy and crepes or biscuits.

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                  vstock Jun 20, 2010 04:06 PM

                  Toast an English muffin. Poach an egg or two. Top with the poached chicken and hollandaise. Hmmm............

                  This is a favorite of mine from a restaurant and is a "non-pork" alternative.

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                    jenni49 Jun 20, 2010 01:44 PM

                    I'd suggest a summery chicken salad, with some fruit, maybe mandarin oranges or fresh cherries, pecans or walnuts for crunch and a bit of onion.

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                      Oboegal Jun 20, 2010 12:27 PM

                      Shred the meat for chicken and noodles? Use the broth, cook the noodles and vegetables, towards the end, throw in the chicken. Thicken the broth with cornstarch or flour. Mmmm....

                      1. c oliver Jun 20, 2010 12:17 PM

                        Chicken sandwiches or chicken salad would be my go-to's.

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