Chicken and vegetable parcels recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 40 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 158 kCal 8%
Fat 3g 4%
  -  Saturates 1g 5%
Salt 0.2g 3%
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  • Wrap chicken breasts and finely sliced vegetables in their own little packages and steam to perfection, these healthy chicken and vegetable parcels will be popular with the whole family – and there’s only 3g of fat per serving!


    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (2 medium and 2 small)
    • 4 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
    • 1 carrot, cut into matchstick strips
    • 1 courgette, cut into matchstick strips
    • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder (optional)
    • Pinch of ground ginger
    • 2 tsp light soy sauce
    • Ground black pepper


    • Cut 4 pieces of greaseproof paper or baking parchment, each measuring approximately 30 cm square.

    • Put each chicken breast onto a separate square of greaseproof paper.

    • Mix the vegetables together and place an equal amount on top of each piece of chicken. Sprinkle with five-spice powder (if using), the ginger, soy sauce and black pepper.

    • Fold up the paper to wrap up the chicken completely.

    • Put the parcels into a steamer (a fold-out steamer tray or a colander that fits inside a saucepan will do nicely). Cover and steam for 35–40 minutes.

    • Check that the chicken is properly cooked. Unwrap one parcel and insert a sharp knife into the thickest part. The juices should run clear with no traces of pink.

    • Serve the chicken in the parcels, along with vegetables and noodles, rice or potatoes.

    Top tip for making Chicken and vegetable parcels

    It’s important when steaming to make sure that the water never boils dry. Check from time to time and top up with extra boiling water if needed

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