Light and easy: Chicken with Pineapple and Snow Peas

pollo con piña y tirabeques

Christmas is over and, after a few weeks spent in the West Coast and a couple previous trips to Spain, I need to shed a few pounds. So the following recipes will be as light and easy as I can make them without falling into a sad, boring and flavorless diet. I will probably include some ingredients like cheese and bacon in moderate amounts and will try to avoid carbs as much as possible. I hope they can help you get through January and even February eating healthy but happily. Let us start with this super tasty chicken breast, marinated (for at least 1 hour, recommended 4) in orange juice. Full of flavor, with a great contrast of colors and textures, ready in 20 minutes and, best of all, low in calories.



4 boneless chicken breasts

½ pineapple (3 cups peeled and chopped pineapple)

1 red pepper (sliced)

1 sweet onion

1 cup snow pea beans (sliced)

¼ cup ginger (peeled and finely chopped)

2 oranges

¼ cup soy sauce

2 garlic cloves

2 green onions

2 tbsps. peanuts (optional)

salt, olive oil, red pepper flakes



STEP 1.- Juice the oranges. Dice the chicken breasts and chop the garlic. Mix the ginger, soy, juice and garlic and marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour. You can add some of the orange peel for extra flavor.

chicken marinated in orange juice and ginger

STEP 2.- Rinse the chicken, reserving the liquid. Sauté with 1 tbsp. EVOO over high heat, until starts browning. Reserve.

sauteed dice chicken

STEP 3.- In the same pan, add ½ tbsp. EVOO and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat. Add the pepper, the snow pea beans and the pineapple. Cook for a couple minutes and add the chicken and the reserved liquid. Let simmer over medium-low heat another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (it will depend on the size of the chicken dices). Taste and add salt only if necessary.


snow pea beans, onion and red pepper

snow pea beans, pineapple, onion and red pepper


STEP 4.- Finely chop the green onions and peanuts. Use a plating ring and place the chicken over some white rice (optional). Garnish with the green onions and peanuts and some chili flakes.

chicken with pineapple and snow pea beans



-I prepared some white rice with sesame in the rice cooker to accompany this chicken , and  added it to this recipe to make  a nutritionally complete meal, but I would skip it when trying to lose weight.


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  1. Delicious! The step by step pictures are helpful and I can’t but feel hungry seeing tender chicken with all those colorful vegetables 🙂

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