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White Wine Poached Chicken Breast with Bay

White Wine Poached Chicken Breast with Bay Leaf is moist, tender, and flavorful. It’s ready in under 30 minutes for a wide variety of uses.

Chicken breast poached with white wine

You’re going to love the simplicity of this boneless, skinless chicken cooking technique because it almost doesn’t feel like cooking at all. Even someone who feels unskilled in the kitchen can be wildly successful with this recipe for White Wine Poached Chicken Breast with Bay.

Chicken Breast Poached in White Wine

Once cooked, you can use this White Wine Poached Chicken Breast with Bay Leaf for all sorts of salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. You are only limited by your imagination with how you’ll use it. Of course, you can eat it plain too. It’s that good!

Chicken Breast Poached in Wine with Bay Leaf

If you don’t count the water as an ingredient, this recipe technique only requires three simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, fridge, or freezer. They are; boneless, skinless chicken breast, white wine (cheap wine works well for this), and a bay leaf or two. From there, all you need is a medium size saucepan, and in under 30 minutes, you’ll have perfectly poached chicken.

Add water, wine, and bay leaf to a medium saucepan. Add the boneless, skinless chicken breast to the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and cool slightly. Cut or shred the chicken (using two forks) and season with salt and pepper if desired.

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Poached chicken with white wine and bay leaf
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White Wine Poached Chicken with Bay Leaf

Moist and tender white wine poached chicken breast with bay can be used for a multitude of recipes, or eaten plain.
Total Time25 mins
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1-2 bay leaf


  • Medium saucepan
  • 2 forks for shredding meat


  • Place all the ingredients in the saucepan and simmer for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove the cooked chicken and cool slightly.
  • Cut or shred the chicken for use in salads, sandwiches, casseroles, other recipes.


Try using other dried or fresh herbs for a change of taste.
Garlic cloves or shallots would also work for flavoring the poaching liquid. Smash lightly before simmering.
chicken breast cooked in wine

Here are a few recipe ideas for using the White Wine Poached Chicken Breast with Bay Leaf that I’ve shared over the years. Maybe they can help spark your imagination. 

Chicken Pot Pie Pockets:

Hand Held Chicken Pot Pie

Creamy Mascarpone Chicken Risotto:

Creamy Mascarpone Chicken Risotto

Orange Cashew Chicken Salad:

Chicken Salad with Orange and Cashews

Chicken and Avocado Picnic Wraps:

Chicken Wrap with Avocado

And since this post is about cooking with wine, it’s only appropriate that I coordinate it with this new apron design that I just finished painting. Talk about good timing! 

Cooking with Wine Hand Painted Apron

Did you know that all of my hand painted aprons are completely machine washable (no fabric softener, please) and dryer safe? I paint them with bright, vivid fabric paints that won’t lose their color in the wash. My aprons are of the highest quality fabric 65/35 cotton poly blend, making them not too hot, and not too bulky. They each have an adjustable neck strap, extra long waist ties (making them a perfect fit for anyone). They also have two large front pockets which to me is a must in a good apron. I offer aprons in black and white, and each design can be personalized at no extra charge if requested.

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from fabrics to glassware, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a price quote or visit one of my shops: Etsy, Wazala, or Kudos Kitchen Paints. Custom orders are always welcome and I will happily paint and design from any photo, idea, or description you send my way.

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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