Chicken Breast & Glazed Pineapple

Here’s a recipe for free-range cage-free chicken breast with glazed organic pineapple using Mama Vega poultry seasoning, rosemary, grated garlic, and onion. I’ll also highlight the potential health benefits of each ingredient.

Free-range Cage-free Chicken Breast with Glazed Organic Pineapple

Ingredients:

  • 2 free-range, cage-free chicken breasts
  • 1 cup organic pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons Mama Vega poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • Celtic sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (for cooking)

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup organic pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option)

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, mix the Mama Vega poultry seasoning, chopped rosemary, grated garlic, grated onion, salt, and pepper.
    • Rub the mixture evenly over the chicken breasts, ensuring they are well coated. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate for a few hours for enhanced flavor.
  2. Prepare the Glaze:
    • In a small saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, honey (or maple syrup), and soy sauce.
    • Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly, creating a glaze. Set aside.
  3. Cook the Chicken:
    • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Cook the marinated chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked and golden brown. Cooking time will vary based on chicken breast thickness.
  4. Glaze the Chicken:
    • Brush the chicken breasts with the prepared glaze during the last few minutes of cooking, allowing the glaze to caramelize.
  5. Grill the Pineapple:
    • While the chicken is cooking, you can grill the organic pineapple chunks on a grill pan or in a separate skillet until they develop grill marks.
  6. Serve:
    • Slice the glazed chicken breasts and serve them with grilled pineapple chunks. Drizzle any remaining glaze over the top for extra flavor.

Health Benefits:

  1. Free-Range, Cage-Free Chicken:
    • Higher omega-3 fatty acids and lower saturated fat compared to conventionally raised chicken.
    • Rich in protein, essential for muscle health.
  2. Organic Pineapple:
    • High in vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports immune health.
    • Contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Mama Vega Poultry Seasoning:
    • Contains a blend of herbs and spices with potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Rosemary:
    • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
    • Linked to improved digestion and enhanced memory.
  5. Garlic:
    • Contains allicin, known for its antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties.
    • May have cardiovascular benefits and antioxidant effects.
  6. Onion:
    • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
    • Contains quercetin, which may have heart health benefits.
  7. Olive Oil:
    • High in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
    • Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  8. Honey/Maple Syrup:
    • Natural sweeteners with potential antioxidant properties.
    • May have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
  9. Soy Sauce/Tamari:
    • Adds umami flavor and saltiness to the dish.
    • Choose low-sodium options for a healthier choice.

Remember that this recipe provides a balance of flavor notes and nutrients, but individual dietary needs may vary. Adjust ingredients based on personal preferences and specific dietary requirements, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions.

Author

  • Mama Vega

    Charmène Vega, widely known as Mama Vega, is a multifaceted individual with a diverse background that has shaped her into a dynamic author, nutrition expert, and PR professional. Before establishing Mama Vega Enterprises, she dedicated her time to education, having taught High School English. Her passion for empowering individuals to lead healthier lives led her to contribute nutrition articles for The Loop Newspaper in Tehachapi. Charmène's literary journey includes being a contributing author in two notable books: "Overcomer Redeemed Masterpiece," an international bestseller, and "Mental Wealth Tool-Kit: Tools to Achieve Mental Wellness." Her impact extends beyond collaboration, with six authored books available on Amazon. Among her published works are titles such as "I Don't Want the Neighbors to Know," "Now Chew On This...The Food Mood Poop Journal," "Now Chew On This... Boost Immunity = Eat Seasonally," "Now Chew On This...A Breath of Fresh Air," and "Now Chew On This...Harness Your Hormones to Optimize Your Health." Charmène Vega's influence extends to the realm of lifestyle and culture, as she writes for the prestigious Rogee of Beverly Hills magazine Charmène Vega's commitment to community service and leadership is exemplified by her recent addition to the Board of the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary. In this role, she serves as their Public Relations (PR) person, contributing her skills and expertise to enhance the organization's outreach and communication efforts. Beyond her involvement with the Rotary, Charmène actively participates in the Bakersfield Blue Zone Project. Here, she takes on the role of a nutrition educator, conducting classes that delve into the intricacies of nutrition. Her classes go beyond the basics, incorporating detailed information about the nutritional benefits of each ingredient. Charmène’s approach includes sharing recipes along with the associated health benefits, providing a comprehensive understanding of the connection between food and well-being. Additionally, Charmène is recognized as a guest nutrition expert on the Blue Zone Project Wednesday Wellness sessions. This involvement underscores her dedication to promoting healthy living within the community. By sharing her knowledge and expertise, she contributes to the overall well-being of individuals involved in the Blue Zone Project, fostering a culture of health and wellness. Charmène Vega's multifaceted contributions to community organizations like the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary and the Blue Zone Project showcase her passion for making a positive impact on the lives of others through education, nutrition, and overall well-being. Charmène's dedication to education, health, and community shines through her various roles, making her a true inspiration for those seeking a holistic approach to life.