Poaching is an easy method of cooking chicken in liquid which keeps it from getting tough. Lately I’ve been experimenting with poaching in my slow cooker.
Pour a few cups (just covering the chicken) of something flavorful like chicken stock into your slow cooker. Then throw in some celery leaves, onions, parsley, peppercorns, bay leaves, salt and garlic – go wild. I also like to add 1/2 cup of white wine or lemon juice to bring out the flavors.
Now put your raw chicken (I do 2-4 breasts at a time) in your slow cooker and heat for 5-6 hours until the chicken is done and ready to use as desired. You can drain the flavorful broth and save for a tasty chicken soup or other base.
I like to shred the chicken to use on salads like this Chicken Chickpea Salad.