Pineapple Chicken

This dish changed a lot throughout the preparation process. I originally had envisioned a pineapple-based glaze over chicken breasts with pineapple chunks on top. Then I decided I wanted to do more of a saucy dish with chicken chunks instead of whole breasts. So I went for a Chinese style sauce. It turned out wonderfully. We all really enjoyed it served with the baked brown rice balls.p4214788

Pineapple Chicken

  • 2 T. Olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits, drained with 1/2 c. juice reserved
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t. dried ginger (or 1 T. freshly grated ginger)
  • 1/3 c. teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 c. chicken stock
  • 1 T. cornstarch mixed with 1 T. water

1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes each. Cover skillet and cook for 10 minutes more. (If chicken is not fully cooked all the way, that’s okay. It will have a chance to finish cooking later.) Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

2. Add diced green peppers, pineapple, crushed red pepper and ginger. Cook about 5 minutes. While cooking, cut the chicken into chunks.

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3. Add reserved pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce and chicken sauce. Bring to a boil, return chicken to skillet, reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least an additional 15 minutes or up to a few hours.

4. About 10 minutes before serving, remove cover from skillet and bring sauce back to a boil. Stir in cornstarch/water mixture and continue boiling until sauce is desired thickness.

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14 thoughts on “Pineapple Chicken

  1. Yum!! I love pineapple chicken!! And I just happen to have some chicken and pineapple in the fridge… 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  2. My family is in love with this recipe!!! It was soo good! We didn’t have any ginger so I omitted that, added extra crushed red pepper because we like it hot, and added some garlic. Also didn’t have teriyaki so I used soy sauce with a little sugar mixed in. The sweet and spicy is amazing, thank you!!!

  3. This looks yummy! My husband loves Asian-flavored foods and I think he’d like this. I’m going to try to adapt it for the crock pot, the perfect stolen moments kitchen appliance!

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