Light Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes en Papillote
Steaming has a reputation for delivering bland food, but our dish puts that notion to rest.
Why This Recipe Works
For our light chicken en papillote recipe, we first looked at how to select vegetables that were both compatible with the cooking time of the chicken and firm enough to keep their heft after being steamed. A dense vegetable like zucchini provided a sturdy base for the chicken and protected it from the direct heat of the oven. Tomatoes exuded a lot of moisture and created the steam needed for cooking. Simply by adding a little olive oil mixed with garlic, shallots, crushed red pepper flakes, and assertive herbs such as oregano to the vegetables before placing them in the foil packets, we enlivened the flavor of the chicken en papillote recipe overall.