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Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Snow Pea Skillet

This easy, garlicky entree is lovely served with rice or mashed potatoes. With just five ingredients (oil, salt and pepper don’t count!), Chicken Snow Pea Skillet is a perfect stress-free dinner for tonight.

Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Snow Pea Skillet

Homework. Meets. Book events. Work. Rehearsals. Classes. Clinics.

This start of this school year was like being shot out of a rocket. In quick succession, we went from lazy summer days to OH-MY-IS-THAT-ON-THE-SCHEDULE?!?

Even so, we managed to cram a little more into this autumn than we have before. Even though Paige has ballet class on Thursdays, she and I were able to scoot from her class to Will’s cross country meets a few times. It was wonderful to see him run — he had an amazing season in which he broke his personal record again and again.

And even though there were nights when we all had to be in different places, we managed to eat dinner together most nights anyway. Quick and easy recipes — including those in my latest cookbook — were a huge help

This recipe — Easy 5-Ingredient Snow Pea Skillet — is excellent for super busy nights. Ready in just 30 minutes, it is a hearty dish filled with snow peas and carrots. The delightful garlicky flavor brings together the veggies and chicken.

I love to serve this Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Snow Pea Skillet over rice or with mashed potatoes, but it would also be great with a baked potato or a grain like quinoa.

The key to recipes like this is organization. Prepare all of your ingredients before you start cooking. Follow the cooking steps. Then serve.

If you’re someone who needs easy recipes for dinners, bookmark this one! You won’t be disappointed.

And if you like it, maybe you’ll consider buying a copy of my cookbook? It’s available where books are sold but if you want a signed copy, my local bookseller The Briar Patch can hook you up.

Also, I wanted to share a fun snippet from a television appearance I made recently. Late night talk show host Danny Cashman had me on his show to talk about The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, and I walked him through making one of the recipes. It was so fun and so funny. But most of all, I appreciated how comfortable Danny made me feel during the taping — I think it shows.

Chicken Snow Pea Skillet

Easy 5-Ingredient Chicken Snow Pea Skillet

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy, garlicky entree is lovely served with rice or mashed potatoes. With just five ingredients (oil, salt and pepper don’t count!), Chicken Snow Pea Skillet is a perfect stress-free dinner for tonight. Serve this easy, garlicky stir-fry with rice or mashed potatoes.


  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast or tenderloins, , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper, , to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, , minced
  • 1 ½ cups snow peas, , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup small diced carrot


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the chicken, flour and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Once it's hot, add the chicken until opaque on all sides - about 3-4 minutes total.
  3. Add the garlic to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the snow peas and carrots. Stir well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once
  4. Uncover the skillet and stir. Taste and season, as desired, with additional salt and pepper.
  5. Enjoy.


Variation tip: Other vegetables like shallots and asparagus can be delicious in this recipe as well.


Friday 9th of November 2018

This would work equally well with sugar snap peas, yes? I love snow peas, but sugar snaps even more. I'm also not a big fan of carrot, was thinking sweet bell peppers instead? Peppers have that distinctive flavor i'm afraid would throw off the taste of your original dish. Can you recommend any alternatips? Turnips, rutabaga perhaps? Thanks!

Sarah Walker Caron

Saturday 10th of November 2018

Hi Gabriel, yes it should work with sugar snap peas too. If you want them softened they may need to cook a little longer though. Sweet bell pepper instead of carrots should work great too! I'd recommend an orange or a red bell pepper. Other veggies that might work instead of carrots: parsnips or kohlrabi


Wednesday 24th of October 2018

I also make something really similar with shrimp. So fast and easy!

Sarah Walker Caron

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Mmm. I bet it's awesome with shrimp!

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