Barbecue Chicken in a pan – Calorie hacking and time hacking

wpid-20150603_145157_wm.jpgThere are some times in a year (or maybe a month)when you have been partying hard. Parties mean friends,food,drinks,feasting and mindless eating. And however hard you try sometimes it becomes really difficult to say ‘no’ to a friend who has been sweating it out in the kitchen whole day and excitedly dishes out his/her delicacy for you to taste.

It is when this partying ends,that the guilt of consuming high calorie and the not so nutritious diet overpowers you.It is during those guilt pangs the word “Calorie hacking’ (which I came across in a fitness column)comes to my mind.

‘Calorie hacking’ is a term which has taken over the world of fitness enthusiasts. It is a simple practice of hacking or chopping out the calories from the diet to affect weight loss.They vouch by the fact that making small hacks to your daily routine can make a big difference in the long run. Slashing the sugary drinks and alcohol from the diet,grilling and boiling the meats and veggies instead of deep frying, ditching the elevator for stairs,substituting fast foods with home made foods and watching your daily News while walking on the treadmill could be some effective hacks for a healthier lifestyle and achieving our fitness targets.

I found this cute video on YouTube which I wanted to share:

This chicken recipe is a healthy but delicious one because it requires minimal oil and has healthier vegetables like carrots and bell peppers instead of the popular fatty potatoes. It is simple to make and you are even hacking on the time used for outdoor grilling.

Barbecue Chicken in a pan

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken cut in 10-12 pieces
  • 2 tbsp. garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili paste
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. chili sauce
  • 1 tsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

Vegetables:

  • 1 onion quartered and separated
  • 1 green capsicum chopped in squares
  • 1 carrot  sliced

Method:

Marinate the chicken with all the above ingredients except the vegetables. Spray some vegetable oil on a non-stick pan and put in the chicken along with the marinade. Cover and cook on low heat till half done. Now toss in the vegetables and cover the pan. Cook further on low heat till done. Note that the chicken should be tender and the veggies have to be half done to stay slightly crunchy.

Serve hot or warm.

Barbecue chicken on a pan
Barbecue chicken in a pan

I am taking this low calorie dish to Angie’s Fiesta Friday 76 . This week’s fiesta is a quiet affair. So, I am just popping in quietly. But party, I must 😉

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Mmm…yum!!!! Give me some now 😉 hehe..btw that video is indeed funny..I had seen it a while back. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Beaming it up to you 🚀♨🍗🍛

      And I found the video amusing so couldn’t stop myself from sharing.

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  2. Cute video! Dish sounds yummy too!!!

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    1. skd says:

      Haha that video is a hilarious reminder for me to mind my calories while eating out 😉
      Thank you for liking it 👍

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      1. Yes, for all of us to remember!!!

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  3. The dish looks tasty and low cal – lots of chiles, my kind of dish. The video was cute. Thanks

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for liking it. You must try it sometime soon then 👍☺

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow so nice recipie low calorie high protein dish.thank u so muchhhhh for the recipe

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for liking it ☺ 👍

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  5. Clever, clever xxxxx

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 😉

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  6. fazal says:

    WOW
    very attractive and healthy snac and appetizer
    What happened to your copyright violation
    May Almighty protect you from evil eyes

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you for your prayers and kind words. I will work on it after the month of Ramadan

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  7. Lili says:

    Lovely and tasty-looking chicken. Yum! And really enjoyed watching the video! Poor ‘little’ animals… Thanks for sharing Ana! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lili. Cute reminder whenever I plan a fast food outing 😉

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  8. Your recipes are always lovely but I do like the time saving bit on this one xxxxx

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    1. skd says:

      Its a one step dish so saves a lot of time. Plus it is delicious. Thank you for the kind words doo doo do 🎻🎶

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      1. She liked the kind words…doo dooo dooooooo xxx

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  9. Jenny says:

    This recipe looks like one I would really like to try! Chicken and vegetables are always a winner in my house, and the seasonings sound very tasty! I like the terms calorie hacking and time hacking–just what I need to do. 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Being food bloggers perhaps we need these hacks all the more in our lives 😉Thank you. Please do try the recipe. Simple and delicious.

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  10. Delicious!! Love the calorie hacks… we all could use those from time to time 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Amanda!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Donna. I am deeply humbled by your kind gesture. I would love to collect the award.

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  11. Calorie hacking – that is a new term for me! Besides that I like your recipe – as a lifetime WW I always appreciate a dish that is low calorie but still delicious 🙂

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  12. This looks delicious! I’ve not heard of calorie hacking before, but since I recently started a new diet to try and lose weight I should probably get familiar with it!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Michelle. I guess food bloggers need to go an extra mile and put in some extra effort to hack those calories so generously piled up thanks to our blogs😉

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  13. I like everything about this. Reduced calories foods like this are just delicious and you would never miss those extra calories.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Julie. You are right about not missing the calories. The chicken turns out moist tender and delicious

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  14. Yum! Any tips for saving time are always welcome. 🙂

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  15. Jhuls says:

    Well, this sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing. Happy FF! Sending hugs your way… 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for the hugs and likes. Happy FF and a happy Eid to you in advance 💖

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  16. Nominating you for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award, please check out

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much dear Stephy. You are the bestest (for lack of a better word ) friend and a soul sister to me. I am truly humbled . I will love to collect the award as soon as possible. Thanks again💕

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      1. So sweet, you deserve honey. Blessings 😉😙

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    1. skd says:

      Wow Thank you so much dear Lina. Thats very kind of you. I will love to collect the award.

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