Cooking meat in water (no oil)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Did you know you can cook your meat in water? I just started it a little over a month ago, and now I'm addicted! Before, I would cook chicken breasts, for example, in a little oil on the stovetop or in the oven, seasoning it right before cooking, and the results were usually a dry breast devoid of flavor. I've never been good at cooking meat. Now I marinade the chicken breast overnight in pepper, sea salt, basil, etc. Heat up some water in a pan (not enough to submerge the chicken at all (i.e. not to boil it), but enough to produce some steam to cook the meat), put the chicken in when the water starts steaming, and place a lid over the top while it steams and cooks. You have to watch it closely, adding more water as needed, but the results are surprising. For the first time, my chicken breasts are moist. And you don't have all of the fat from the oil! I find that this method doesn't work well with chicken strips, narrow in width, but with full chicken breasts, it comes out incredibly moist.