Pineapple Chicken Recipe: A Burst of Sweet Savory Goodness

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The delightful Pineapple Chicken recipe has both sweet and savory components. This recipe is bursting with flavors. Tender chunks of chicken breast or thighs, perfectly cooked and coated in a sticky-sweet sauce infused with the tropical goodness of pineapple. The freshness of vegetables like carrots, shallots, and green onions adds a satisfying crunch and a burst of color to the dish. And let’s not forget about the zingy kick from the fresh ginger, it elevates the dish to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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A bowl of Pineapple Chicken and vegetables over rice, garnished with sesame seeds.

Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Pineapple Chicken is an easy-to-make and flavorful dish that’s perfect for both solo meals and entertaining a crowd.

Ingredients

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  • chicken breast or thighs, boneless, skinless
  • vegetable oil
  • carrots
  • shallots
  • green onion
  • bell pepper or other vegetables
  • pineapple tidbits
  • fresh ginger
  • sea salt 
  • brown sugar 
  • warm water
  • soy sauce, I always use low sodium soy
A bowl of stir fried chicken and vegetables with chopsticks.

Pineapple Chicken Recipe Cooking Tips

  1. Prep Your Ingredients: Before cooking, chop all your ingredients into bite-sized pieces. This will ensure that everything cooks evenly, and you get a perfect balance of flavors in every mouthful.
  2. Control the Heat: When cooking the chicken, make sure your pan or skillet is hot enough to sear the meat and lock in its juices. But be careful not to crank up the heat too high, as you don’t want to burn the chicken or the sauce.
  3. Simmer to Perfection: Once you’ve added the sauce ingredients to the pan, let everything simmer together. This allows the flavors to meld beautifully and gives the sauce a chance to thicken up and coat the chicken and vegetables.
Chinese chicken stir fry in a bowl with chopsticks.

Pineapple Chicken Recipe Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I use canned pineapple instead of fresh? Absolutely! While fresh pineapple adds a lovely brightness to the dish, canned pineapple tidbits work fine and are more convenient.
  2. Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, you can! This Pineapple Chicken tastes even better the next day as the flavors have had time to meld together. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat it when you’re ready to eat.
  3. Is this recipe spicy? Not really. The sweetness of the pineapple and brown sugar balances out any heat from the ginger. However, if you like things spicy, add a dash of chili flakes or hot sauce to kick it up a notch!
A bowl of Pineapple Chickenwith rice and chopsticks.

This is a delightful dish that’s both easy to make and incredibly flavorful. Whether cooking Pineapple Chicken for yourself or feeding a crowd, this recipe will surely be a hit. With its sweet and savory taste profile and simple cooking process, it’s a dish that you’ll want to add to your regular rotation. Prepare to be amazed by the deliciousness of Pineapple Chicken!

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Pineapple Chicken in a bowl with chopsticks.
A bowl of stir-fried chicken and vegetables over rice, garnished with sesame seeds.

Pineapple Chicken

The Pineapple Chicken recipe features a delightful combination of sweet and savory elements, resulting in a burst of flavors. It has tender chicken pieces, either breast or thighs, cooked to perfection and coated in a sticky-sweet sauce infused with the tropical goodness of pineapple.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 (1 lb | 453 g) chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 and ½ cups (6.77 oz | 192 g) carrots julienne
  • 1 medium shallot sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • ½ cup green onion green and white chopped
  • i inch fresh ginger sliced thinly
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Caramelized Sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar 1.86 oz | 53 g
  • ½ cup warm water 4.22 fluid oz | 125 ml
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Toss the chicken in cornstarch.
    3 to 4 (1 lb | 453 g) chicken breast, 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Heat a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil, when the oil is hot add the chicken and sear the chicken for 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
    1 and ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Turn heat to medium. In the same skillet with the drippings from the chicken, sauté the carrots and shallots for 2 minutes. Add the pineapple, green onion and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the chicken back in, add the sauce (recipe below) and cook until the sauce caramelizes.
    1 and ½ cups (6.77 oz | 192 g) carrots, 1 medium shallot, 1 cup pineapple tidbits, ½ cup green onion, i inch fresh ginger
  • Season with salt.
    ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Caramelized Sauce:

  • In a bowl, stir brown sugar and water until well dissolved. Add soy sauce and stir again. Make sure sugar is dissolved. Pour on the chicken. Stir until the sauce caramelizes. Remove from the stove.
    ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ cup warm water, 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Serve with rice if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 718mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 14976IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is a quick and easy recipe. Both my children love it so it’s become a weekly staple.

  2. The recipe has cornstarch and pineapple in the ingredients, but the instructions don’t address using either.
    I winged it, but that’s really not good.

5 from 1 vote

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