Healthy Chicken and Charred Broccoli Sauté

Charred broccoli and tender poached chicken compliment each other perfectly in this deeply satisfying (and healthy) dish. Slideshow:  Fast and Healthy Chicken Recipes 

Healthy Chicken and Charred Broccoli Sauté
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
45 mins
2 to 3


Poached Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 4-5 sprigs Italian parsley, thyme or oregano, tied together

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound broccoli florets

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste

  • Fresh cracked black pepper


Poach the Chicken

  1. Rinse off the chicken breasts. Fill a medium stockpot with water and add the herbs, bay leaf, garlic, salt and peppercorns. Bring the water to a boil and add the chicken breasts.

  2. Return the water to a boil and then lower heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid and keep the chicken in the hot water for another 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

  3. Remove the chicken from the water and shred. Set aside.

Make the Broccoli

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then add the broccoli. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly charred and tender. Stir in the garlic, raisins, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 more minute and then toss the chicken in with broccoli mixture. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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