You can poach a whole chicken? I think I’ve only heard of eggs being poached. What is poached anyway? I apologize if you are reading this and thinking, what is wrong with this woman? She knows nothing about cooking. It’s true. I know NOTHING about cooking! But for those of you who are in the same boat, please realize that you can know nothing about cooking and still do it!!! If you haven’t noticed, I pick the easiest recipes in the world. They usually only have a handful of ingredients. But they taste great!!
I received an email from Honored Prairie, which is a fellowship of family farms. (I buy all of my meat from them. They are great!!). The email referenced an article by Jamie Oliver (who doesn’t love him!) discussing the ability to get multiple meals out of one recipe. You are going to love this!
Basically you are boiling the chicken and in doing so you create chicken broth. So once the chicken is cooked, you can eat the chicken alone or you can make chicken soup…or both, which is what I do.
- 1 whole chicken, rinsed
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery sticks, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- sprig of rosemary
- 1 garlic bulb, crushed
- 1 Tbsp salt
- ½ Tbsp pepper
- Put the rinsed chicken in a large pot. Fill the pot with water so that it's covering the chicken.
- Add in all ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Your house will smell amazing! I love that! When it’s done, remove the whole chicken from the pot and place it on a platter to cut. Depending on what each person is in the mood for I either serve sliced chicken with a side of veggies or I shred some chicken and serve it with the broth and veggies as soup. Before I sit down to eat, I do the following:
Make Richer Broth:
1. After I’ve removed meat from the chicken, I throw some bones back in the pot (legs, wings, etc.).
2. I reduce the broth (cook it until much of the water evaporates).
You will have plenty of extra chicken and broth. I usually put some in the fridge to have the next day and then freeze any extra broth to use in recipes.
Also, you don’t need all of these ingredients to poach a chicken. To be honest, I just made up the amount of each ingredient. :) Jamie Oliver says, add some carrots and maybe a few sticks of celery, an onion if you have one. I thought I’d make it sound a bit more structured BUT it doesn’t have to be!
Try it and let me know what you think! (Yes, Ang. I’m talking to you!!) :)