Easy Cooking Techniques Every 20-Something Should Know

When it comes to cooking protein, we admit we can get a little intimidated. There are so many different culinary terms, hot grills, open flames, and marinades galore. Does it really have to be that hard? You know what? It really doesn't! Here we present Foodiversity: Protein 101 to help demystify cooking the perfect protein. Want to get comfortable fixing up foolproof salmon, steak, chicken, shrimp, and tofu? We got you covered. Also, never feel stumped by fancy-sounding cooking terms again. Just be sure to throw them around when you're whipping up the perfect protein for your friends.

How To Poach Chicken

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Another term that sounds fancy: Poaching. What does it mean? Gently boiling a cutlet in chicken stock. This technique ensures that the chicken will retain its moisture, and the tender slices can be added to a salad, sandwiches, soup, or even served with a bowl of rice. The soy vinaigrette is also great on noodles or a salad. Happy poaching!

Poached chicken breast
Serves 2

1 8-10 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
About 4 cups chicken broth

For soy vinaigrette
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce

1. Place the chicken breast in a saucepan and add enough chicken broth to cover.

2. Turn the heat to high and when the broth boils, turn off the heat and immediately cover the pan.

3. Let the chicken breast gently poach in the broth until a thermometer stuck in the middle reaches 155-160 degrees or when sliced in the middle the chicken should be juicy but no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Cover the chicken with foil and let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

5. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Drizzle over the chicken.