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    Default Poaching a whole chicken?

    So my oven isn't working and I have a whole chicken defrosted for tonight...

    has anyone tried poaching a whole chicken before? Any tips?

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    Do you have a slow cooker? Whole chook in the slow cooker is great (but it is probably too late in the day now)
    I'm sure you can boil or steam a chook ( I've steamed one in the thermomix before)

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    You could do Hainanese chicken. Or cut it in half and fry it Portuguese style?

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    When I do a whole poached chicken, I add it too a large pot with onions/leeks/spring onions, carrots, celery, bayleaves, garlic and any other herbs. Season it generously with sea salt and pepper and let it gently poach for a couple of hours - you're left with a beautiful chicken stock and lovely shredded chicken.

    I usually just dice some fresh veg (carrots, celery, peas etc...) and pop back into the strained stock, then add back the shredded meat and some noodles to help bulk the soup up. it makes heaps so I always freeze some for another day.

    Otherwise you could do it whole on the BBQ if you have a hood, or butterfly it?

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    Add some large slices of peeled ginger and a little star anise to the water as you poach. Shred the meat off after and it makes a great addition to any Asian salad.

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