Cantonese Poached Chicken

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients: Resource from

3 pound Chicken, at room temperature

2 whole Scallions, cut into large pieces

5 slices Fresh ginger


1. Clean the chicken, rinse it under cold water, paying special attention to the cavity

2. Fill a large stock pot with water, just enough to submerge the chicken completely.

3. Add the 2 scallions and the ginger slices. Bring it to a boil

4. Once boiling, slowly lower the chicken into the pot. The water will cook down, so bring it up to a boil again. Don’t walk away!

5. Once it’s boiling, use a large metal carving fork to lift the chicken out of the water very carefully. The goal is to empty any colder water that may be stuck inside the cavity. Put the chicken back into the water and bring it to a boil again. When the water is JUST starting to boil, turn the heat down. You want it to stay at a simmer

6. Cover the pot and keep the heat on low so that the liquid continues to simmer. Cook for about 45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. It may take a little less or more time to cook it through.

7. Test if the chicken is done by taking a fork and poking it into the thigh. If the juices run clear, the chicken is done. Carefully take the chicken out of the pot and transfer it to a large bowl. Let cold water run over the chicken for a minute or so. Wait until it’s cooked completely.

8. Slice up the chicken into pieces and serve with the warm ginger scallion sauce and white rice. You can also serve it with some soy sauce.


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