I have never, ever steamed chicken before. I didn’t even know you could steam chicken and I admit I googled ‘steamed chicken’ to make sure I wasn’t missing something in Mema’s recipe. Well, it’s done exactly like you steam vegetables and now that I’ve tried it I will never boil chicken again. The meat was so moist! The combination of parsley, shallot, and lemon rind was wonderful but if you just need cooked chicken for another dish, I would try steaming instead of boiling. I don’t have an electric steamer so I used our steamer rack in a big pot of boiling water. I also used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken or chicken parts. Mema doesn’t have a cook time written on her recipe card but it took about 30 minutes to cook 3 large chicken breasts (about 2 lbs. total).
1 whole chicken or chicken parts
2 T. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. finely chopped shallot
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
Place chicken in steamer with herbs and lemon rind sprinkled on it (if using a steamer rack in a pot of water, bring water to boil before adding chicken). Just before chicken is done, add fresh vegetables to steamer to cook while chicken is finishing.