Poached Chickens

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
about 8 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Two 4-pound whole chickens
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 large fresh bay leaves
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Herb bundle of fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme
  • Salt
Directions

Place the chicken in a very large stockpot or divide by poaching the chickens in 2 pots. Add the peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, carrots, celery, onions, lemon slices and herb bundle tied with string. Sprinkle with salt. Cover the chickens with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, a rolling simmer. Simmer 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, then cool the chickens in their stock. Strain the stock. Remove the skin and bones from the chickens and pull the meat into bite-size pieces.


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