Quick Grilled Chicken Dinner: Pechugas de pollo a la plancha

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Quick Grilled Chicken dinner- Pollo a la plancha

This is a very fast, easy, and healthy recipe. Chicken cooked this way is called pollo a la plancha (griddle chicken) in Mexico, and you can find it on some restaurant menus. Many people eat this meal when they’re on a diet, and it’s even recommended by doctors when you need to lose some extra pounds. Not only chicken, but also steak and vegetables cooked this way are called a la plancha or asado. This method of cooking is especially helpful at the beginning of the year, when everyone is trying hard to lose those extra pounds we gained over the holidays!

To make it a complete meal, you can serve this dish with a green salad and a side of rice or warm corn tortillas. This blend of spices gives the chicken a rich flavor, and you won’t need to marinate it for hours. I personally like it because you can fix it for dinner in a matter of minutes, and, by using PAM Cooking Spray, there’s not too much cleanup afterward, so I can spend my time enjoying my family, chatting about our day with a hot cup of coffee.



  • 1 pound chicken breast (divided into 4 fillets)*
  • Salt to season
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
  • PAM Cooking Spray

Quick Grilled Chicken dinner- Pollo a la plancha


  • Some stores sell chicken breast already packaged in thin cutlets. 
  • Cooking time will vary depending on how thin you want the chicken breast cutlets.
Quick Grilled Chicken dinner- Pollo a la plancha

1.     Place chicken cutlets inside a thick plastic bag and, with the smooth side of a mallet, gently pound the meat until you reach the desired thickness. If you don’t have a mallet, you can use the bottom of a heavy glass or a wooden rolling pin. Remove the cutlets from the bag and season with salt.

2.     In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, garlic powder, ground cumin, ground pepper and Mexican oregano.

3.     Brush the spice mix over the chicken cutlets; make sure both sides are well seasoned.

4.     Spray a large griddle or skillet with PAM Cooking Spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, and place the chicken cutlets.

5.     Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes per side, turning just once per side. Serve immediately with a salad and some warm corn tortillas or a serving of rice.

Quick Grilled Chicken dinner- Pollo a la plancha



With all the planning that goes into putting together the perfect dish, using PAM Cooking Spray is a sensible way to save time in the kitchen. When you use PAM, you spend less time cleaning up in the kitchen, allowing for more time to be spent with the ones you love. Bonus? PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue than leading brands of margarine or bargain-brand sprays, so your dishes will turn out great and you’ll spend less time cleaning up.
*vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 minutes, cooling, and then washing in a standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating four times.

Mely Martínez

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