There are those who claim microwaving food removes the nutrition from food and question the safety of eating microwaved food. Others staunchly disagree. I have no idea which is right. For those that want to avoid microwaving food or just don’t have a microwave to thaw their food here is another option. It isn’t as quick as a microwave but is much faster than sitting it on the counter to thaw. Do not do this with any meat that has instructions to thaw in the refrigerator such as turkey.
Place frozen meat inside a clean zippered plastic bag. Place the bag in a pan of very hot water. Check it every 15 minutes or so. Turn the bag as needed. Replace the hot water as it cools. Do not leave in water longer than 60 minutes before cooking or placing back in the refrigerator.