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purplelumpy Wed 30-Mar-05 13:54:40

I don't have the use of a oven /gril at the mo(long long story)and have some chicken breasts that need using up -hate fried chicken can i steam them??? if so how???

CountessDracula Wed 30-Mar-05 13:55:23


MistressMary Wed 30-Mar-05 13:55:50

Got a steamer?

snafu Wed 30-Mar-05 13:56:43

Don't know about steaming them exactly but you can 'poach' them with a bit of stock in a saucepan.

purplelumpy Wed 30-Mar-05 13:59:41

how do i poach

sophy Wed 30-Mar-05 14:01:26

Cut into strips and stir fry in a tiny bit of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Only takes 10 mins.

LIZS Wed 30-Mar-05 14:04:05

What about making a stew - fry off chicken with onion then add veg and stock with a dash of tomato puree, season and add herbs to taste. Cover and simmer for 45 mins-1 hour until chicken is tender. Or do you have a pressure cooker, as they'd probably only take 30 mins in there with a little liquid to create the steam .

snafu Wed 30-Mar-05 14:06:09

To poach - put chicken breasts in saucepan with enough stock to keep them moist but not cover them iyswim. Put lid on and simmer gently until cooked through.

Well, that's how I do it and no-one's died yet

purplelumpy Wed 30-Mar-05 14:07:48

how long do i cook them for snafu?

Potty1 Wed 30-Mar-05 14:08:05

I poach chicken in milk for dd. Just seal them in a bit of oil and then put about an inch of milk in the pan and simmer until they are cooked through. Use the milk to make a sauce.

throckenholt Wed 30-Mar-05 14:08:14

cut into cubes, fry in a pan with bit of butter, when no longer pink, add a bit of water, put on the lid and simmer for maybe 10 minutes. Add a bit of gravy if you prefer.

snafu Wed 30-Mar-05 14:09:37

Well depends how many you've got etc, but it doesn't take long. Just poke 'em with a knife to see if they're cooked like I do!

purplelumpy Wed 30-Mar-05 14:13:07

right so i put them in a saucepan with a little stock - right?

do i put the lid on??

throckenholt Wed 30-Mar-05 14:23:33

yep - seems to be better if you put the lid on. Give them a stir or a shake every now and again.

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