How to Poach Chicken in a Slow Cooker

How to Poach Chicken in a Slow Cooker

I decided to go ahead and post this because I’m working on some enchilada recipes.  My go-to chicken recipe is this one, which goes great in casseroles, soups, pastas, salads, and on and on.  But for enchiladas, shredded chicken is better.  I didn’t want to flavor the chicken as it cooks because I’m making 2 different sauces.  Poached, shredded chicken is a good stand-by when you are making a filling with chicken –things like stuffed peppers, burritos, and enchiladas.  (Enchilada recipes are coming soon!)


Total Time:  4-6 hours

Yield:  3-4 poached chicken breasts

Difficulty Level:  Easy



3-4 raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6 tablespoons of chicken base





  1.  Add the the chicken breasts to a slow cooker.  Pour chicken base over.  Pour in enough water to cover the chicken.
  2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  3. Remove chicken, and discard water.
  4. Shred chicken with a fork and a pair of tongs.