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How to steam whole chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 387 kcal
Author: Sophia

A whole chicken is one of my favourite choices for steaming and probably one of the most traditional ways to utilise your Varoma® for steaming meat. It is best steamed using the Varoma® dish because it allows for maximum capacity and airflow during the steaming process. The water in the mixing bowl will catch all the chicken juices and produce a wonderful chicken stock during the process, so make sure not to waste it afterwards but to use it to make your favourite chicken soup or as part of a broth for dinner.

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  • 1500 g Whole Free-Range Chicken
  • 1000 g water


  1. Place the whole chicken in the Varoma® dish lined with greaseproof paper.

  2. Pour the water into the mixing bowl and place the Varoma® into position. Steam 60 Min. / Varoma / Speed 2.

  3. Check that the chicken is cooked by inserting a meat thermometer after the cooking time. It should have 82C in the thigh and the breast.
  4. You could finish the chicken off in a hot oven or under the grill to crisp the skin or leave to cool entirely, then debone and use for shredding the next day.
Nutrition Facts
How to steam whole chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 139mg6%
Potassium 340mg10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 252IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.