Poaching chicken breasts is a great way cut calories when trying to lose pregnancy weight. Many weight loss recipes feature poached chicken because it tastes fresh and delicious without having to add oils or breadcrumbs.
Skinless chicken breasts are one of the number one ingredients people watching their weight should have in the fridge. Skinless chicken breasts are high in protein, low in fat and versatile enough to feature in tons of different recipes.
healthy_eatingPoached chicken can be added to salads (like this one), sandwiches, wraps or served for dinner alongside steamed vegetables or brown rice.
This recipe is a zesty lunch option packed with vitamin C, folate, protein and fibre. It’s perfect for making for yourself, or if you’re having friends over and want a ‘cafe quality’ salad option that is different from your usual home made salad.


  • 1 blood orange, chopped into segments
  • 1 skinless chicken breast
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Half an avocado, sliced into pieces
  • 2 handfuls of lettuce mix
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cracked pepper

Optional Extras:

  • Use lemon juice instead of lime juice
  • Add cherry tomatoes or cucumber
  • Add a small can of drained chickpeas for added fibre and protein
  • Use a navel orange if you can’t find blood oranges


  • Place the chicken breast in a small pot or saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water until the chicken is covered.
  • Add a tablespoon of dried oregano and a bay leaf to the water, then bring to boil.
  • Once at the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer partly covered for 10-12 minutes.
  • After 10-12 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and leave the chicken breast in the hot water for another 10 minutes.
  • Fill a bowl with lettuce leaves, avocado and blood orange segments.
  • Slice the chicken breast and arrange of top of salad.
  • Squeeze lime juice over the salad, and top with cracked pepper.

Serves: 1. Calories per serve: 310
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