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
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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


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


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 😉


41 thoughts on “Barbecue Chicken in a pan – Calorie hacking and time hacking

  1. 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. 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😉


    1. 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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