Poaching is a great way of cooking foods that cuts fat, enhances flavor and keeps delicate foods from turning tough. This simple cooking method involves slow simmering eggs, meat, poultry, fish, seafood or fruit in a flavorful liquid just long enough to cook it through.
SHALLOW AND DEEP POACHING
There are two main types of poaching: shallow poaching and deep poaching. With shallow poaching, you add enough liquid to cover the item to be poached by about two-thirds. And don’t forget to cover the pan so that steam will cook the part of the item that isn’t covered.
The item to be shallow-poached should generally be portion-sized or smaller to make sure it cooks through quickly. Shallow poaching is especially good for fish fillets and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Sometimes the poaching liquid is cooked down to reduce it and then enriched with butter to make beurre blanc, a rich sauce used to coat the poached food.
With deep poaching, the food is completely immersed in barely simmering, well seasoned liquid. Use this method to poach eggs, fruits and even whole poultry.
THE POACHING LIQUID
The poaching liquid, known as a court bouillon, typically consists of three components: the base liquid, an acidic ingredient and flavorings.
Liquids used for poaching include plain water, chicken stock and red or white wine. Any mixture of these three can be used as well.
Adding an acidic ingredient to the poaching liquid helps the proteins in the poached food hold together. Acidity also enhances flavor. Lemon juice, lime juice, sour orange juice, red wine, white wine, vinegar and verjuice can all be used.
Flavorings are optional additions to your court bouillon, but they add a lot of flavor. Finely chop any vegetables to make sure they release all their flavor. Herbs and spices can usually be left whole. Try finely chopped onions, shallots, carrots and celery. And don’t forget to season the poaching liquid with salt.
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One and a quarter cups of white rice ·
One pound boneless and skinless chicken breast ·
Three cups of chicken soup ·
*One medium sized onion, chopped ·
Two teaspoons of vegetable oil ·
6-ounce of tomato paste
1. In saucepan fry rice and the onion in oil, cover until onion turns translucent.
2. Cut the chicken into small cubes and add to the mixture
3. Add the tomato paste and then chicken soup in succession, simmer the mixture.
4. Cover pan and decrease the heat to low.
5. Cook in low heat until rice is tender, the liquid has been absorbed, and the chicken is fully cooked, about 25 minutes The dish serves 8 people.
- Oil — 3 tablespoons
- Chicken, cut into pieces — 2 1/2 pounds
- Onion, chopped — 1
- Bell peppers, chopped — 2
- Garlic, minced — 2 to 3 cloves
- Tomato sauce — 1 cup
- Chicken stock — 2 cups
- Fish sauce (patis) or soy sauce — 2 tablespoons
- Boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks — 1 pound
- Salt and pepper — to taste
- Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Add the onion and bell peppers and saute, stirring often, until cooked through but still crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook to reduce its volume a little, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients along with the reserved chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken and potatoes are both cooked through.
- Adjust seasoning and serve over steamed white rice.
- Chicken, cut into serving pieces — 2 to 3 pounds
- Eggplant, peeled and cubed — 1 large
- Tomatoes, seeded and chopped — 2 or 3
- Onions, thinly sliced — 2
- Hot chile peppers, chopped — 2 or 3
- Garlic, minced — 2 or 3 cloves
- Ginger, minced — 1 tablespoon
- Thyme — 1 teaspoon
- Bay leaf — 1
- Salt and pepper — to season
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Add all the ingredients to a large oven-proof pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the pot with one or two layers of aluminum foil and place the lid on top of the foil.
- Place the pot in the oven and bake for 2 to 3 hours. Remove the pot from the oven occasionally and shake it to keep the chicken from sticking.
- Remove the pot from the oven. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with couscous, attiéké (see note), rice or boiled yams.