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Tea Poached Chicken


Tea Poached Chicken

Tea Poached Chicken



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A beautifully tea poached chicken recipe with lots of aromatics. Served with a creamy malai chai sauce and masala mashed potatoes.


  • For the tea:

    1 stalk lemongrass

    2 green cardamoms

    1 cinnamon stick

    3-4 mint leaves

    1 tsp ginger, bashed

    1/2 tsp orange zest

    1 Tbsp honey

    3 tsp tea leaves

    1 liter water

    For the chicken:

    3 chicken breast

    Salt, to taste

    Olive oil

    pepper, to taste

    For the malai chai sauce:

    2 lime leaves

    1 tsp lemongrass, chopped

    2 Tbsp cream

    1 Tbsp butter

    1 tsp lime juice


For the tea poached chicken:

In a pan boil water with lemongrass, green cardamoms, cinnamon, mint leaves, ginger, orange zest, honey and tea leaves. Strain the tea.

Dab the chicken breast with a little salt, olive oil and pepper.

Place the chicken breast in a pan and pour the strained tea over.

Simmer the chicken (do not boil) for 9-12 minutes or till done.

Do not throw away the water, it will be used to make the sauce.

Pour over the malai chai sauce.

Serve with masala mashed potatoes.

For the malai chai sauce:

In a pan add 1 1/2 cups of the chicken breast poached stock.

Add lime leaves, lemongrass. Let it boil.

Add cream and butter. Let the sauce thicken.

Add some lime juice.

Pour over the chicken and potatoes.


Key Ingredients: Chicken, lemongrass, green cardamom, cinnamon, mint leaves, ginger, orange, honey, salt, olive oil, black pepper, cream, butter, lemon juice