A whole chicken, cut in half lengthwise, takes about 30 to 35 minutes of steaming to cook through. Always use a meat thermometer to check the thickest parts of the breasts and thighs of the chicken to ensure it registers at 165 degrees Fahrenheit in multiple places.
To steam a whole chicken:
- Choose a large enough pot
- Bring to a boil
- Prepare the chicken
- Check the internal temperature
Use a pot with a large steamer rack that is large enough to accommodate both halves of the whole chicken.
Fill the large pot with water until it reaches within 1/2 inch of the rack's bottom. Cover the pot with a lid and bring the water to a boil.
Cut the whole chicken in half lengthwise and pat dry. Place the chicken in a bowl that is large enough to hold both halves of the chicken and still fit on top of the steamer rack. Season the chicken as desired.
Place the bowl on the steamer rack and cover the pot with the lid. Steam the chicken for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Add more water to the pot as necessary during the steaming process.
Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken in multiple places. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F before removing the chicken from the steamer.