How to poach a turkey breast

Alyn's Christmas turkey

How to poach a turkey breast

Poaching is a gentle cooking technique that helps keep the potentially dry turkey meat succulent and tender. It is important to cook the turkey breast on a low heat and not boil it as this will toughen the meat.



Put the turkey breasts, stock, vegetables, thyme, garlic and salt into a large saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer over a low heat
Cook for 8–10 minutes, the turkey is cooked when it is firm to the touch
Serve immediately


Poached turkey breast can be used in salads, curries and sandwiches, for example, Dominic Chapman uses poached leg in his Turkey, Stilton, chicory and walnut salad.