I just have a microwave and a gas stovetop and I’m wondering which method is healthier to cook some chicken breasts and a bag of frozen veggies?
I’ve been stirfrying them together in olive oil but just recently thought maybe nuking them in a microwave would be better for me. As long as I keep the olive oil down the stir fries are ok, right?[/quote]
I would only use the microwave to thaw the chicken breast. I’d choose the gas cooktop over the microwave everyday. Infinitely adjustable gas allows you to control the process, and takes less time than the microwave.
A small saucepan full of frozen vegetables, water and some salt takes minutes to bring to a boil. When it does, drain the water, add olive oil, season and eat. Oh yeah, olive oil is good for you. Use it.
For the chicken breast, use a cast iron pan. They are cheap and durable and cook meat better than a thin aluminum non-stick skillet. As far as cooking the chicken breast, pound it flat after it’s thawed, and season with salt and pepper.
Heat the cast iron pan over medium heat, pour in the oil, swirl it around then throw the flatten chicken breast in the pan. Let it cook (don’t fuck with it) for a minute or two. You’ll see the meat turn from pink to opaque white from the bottom up. Flip it over and cook the top side.
When it’s done, the chicken should have a bit of a crust on the outside, and hot and juicy on the inside.
Microwaves heat food, they don’t cook it. Learn how to cook. It’s a skill that pays dividends day after day, meal after meal.