Poached Chickens

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 45 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
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
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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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