Steamed chicken

What could be better, for a quick lunch, than a lovely steamed chicken breast? Steaming allows you to reduce your consumption of unnecessary fats and sauces to a minimum. Moreover, removing the skin will make the chicken even more lightweight and lean. If you must season or flavour your chicken breast, do it after cooking: a drizzle of raw olive oil is always good, and is excellent for the cardiovascular system! Do as we did: flavour your oil with parsley, or perhaps with your favourite spices, then add it after cooking your chicken. All this should be accompanied by fresh vegetables, raw or steamed - then enjoy! You'll find that steaming food is not at all sad and tasteless, on the contrary it can be delicious, allowing you enjoy the original flavour of the constituent parts of the dish, when your palate has become used to overly rich sauces and spices.


  • chicken breast 2 whole chicken breasts
  • zuchinis 6 small or 2-3 large courgettes
  • parsley Plenty of parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt To taste
30 minutes Total time
20 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Halve the chicken breasts and bone them. Put them in the steaming basket and cook for 10 minutes in a covered pan. After 10 minutes add the courgette, washed and cut into pieces. Wash plenty of parsley, dry and chop. Put the parsley into a bowl with 5 tablespoons of olive oil and let it rest. When the chicken and courgette are cooked, place them on a serving dish, sprinkle with the olive oil and parsley, season with salt and serve.

When you buy chicken for any recipe, remember that you will need about 300g per person. Buy it often: its meat, as well as being cheap, is also light and healthy, is low in fat (if you remove the skin), and rich in vitamin B, phosphorus and potassium. And of course, it’s an excellent source of protein!
A ‘wild’ chicken can live for ten years, although farmed versions never live for more than 14 weeks. Leafing through the Guinness Book of Records, you’ll see that the world's oldest chicken lived for 16 years. A real curiosity: although they have wings, chickens are not really able to fly. The longest flight they are capable of is only a metre or two.

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