Poached Chicken from Frozen

  • Author: Jill Hough
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


No need to defrost first—poached chicken from frozen is 100% easy and 100% delicious!


  • 4 (7-8 oz.) frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups cold water, or more if needed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 810 peppercorns (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed (optional)
  • a handful of fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Put the chicken in a skillet large enough to hold it in a single layer.
  2. Add the water and sprinkle the salt on top. (If the water doesn’t cover the chicken, add more until it does.) Add the peppercorns, garlic, and parsley, if using.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat.
  4. Maintain a gentle simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn the breasts over, then cover the skillet and remove it from the heat.
  6. Let the chicken sit in the hot water until the internal temperature is 150°F, about 12 minutes. (The time will vary depending on the size of the breasts.)
  7. Take the chicken out of the water and let it rest at least 5 minutes before slicing or serving.