Poached Chicken with Creamy Turmeric Sauce

Poached chicken breast cilantro sauce recipe
Photo Credit: Margot Foster

June 28, 2017

By Tracey Seaman

This basic preparation for chicken is perfect for salads, soups and more. Serve the chicken warm or chilled with this simple cucumber, cilantro and garlic-studded Greek yogurt dressing.

Poached Chicken Breasts with Greek Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce

  • Serves: 4
  • Total Time:25 minutes
  • Active Time:25 minutes
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  • 3 scallions, trimmed
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each), trimmed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 kirby cucumber: peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)


  1. Place the scallions and 2 quarts water in a large, deep skillet and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the chicken breasts, smooth side down. Reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Place a plate or lid (smaller than the pan) directly on top of the chicken to keep it submerged and cook gently for 20 minutes, until chicken is firm. Let cool and chill, if desired.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and turmeric. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice the chicken and arrange on plates. Spoon the sauce on top. You can wrap the chicken in lettuce leaves, if desired,
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