QUICK PINEAPPLE CHICKEN — Tender chunks of chicken with pineapple chunks, red peppers, green onions and cashews, in a sweet and spicy pineapple glaze. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
If you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, then this Quick Pineapple Chicken is the recipe for you!
With a sweet and spicy pineapple glaze, this is a chicken dish everyone loves. My favorite part is the cashews, so I usually add a few extra, but my whole family loves everything about this pineapple chicken!
Oh, and the pineapple! That’s also my favorite. So sometimes I throw in extra pineapple too. I just love the combination of sweet and savory flavors in this dish.
Fast, delicious and everyone raves about dinner…..you know this is a recipe that went straight into my favorites file.
I mean, why order take-out when this yummy chicken is almost as easy and just as fast. Maybe even faster! With some fried rice or hot and sour soup, you can make a complete Asian meal in the comfort of your own home.
I love using red peppers, because they’re a bit on the sweet side and pair perfectly with the pineapple, but you can use any color–or combination–of bell peppers in this recipes.
And peanuts are a great substitution for the cashews. But I do love the crunch of the nuts, so they are a must, in my opinion.
This is the kind of easy, flavorful meal that I serve often–and I don’t repeat recipes very often. So you know it’s good! My family wholeheartedly agrees.
I hope you love this Quick Pineapple Chicken as much as we do! Enjoy!
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Tips for Making Perfect Rice
How much water? You’ll often hear that you should use 2 cups of water per cup of rice. But I find my rice is fluffier when I use 1 3/4 cups water per cup of rice.
Different types of rice (brown, Basmati, short/long grain, etc.) may require different ratios of water. Don’t forget to add about a teaspoon of salt to the water before you add the rice.
Cooking time: Let your rice simmer on low for about 18 minutes, then remove from heat and allow the rice to steam in the pot for another 5 minutes. Do not uncover (or stir) your rice during cooking.
Serving: When your rice is done, fluff it with a fork to separate the grains, rather than stirring it with a spoon.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Quick Pineapple Chicken
- Vegetable oil
- Spices: red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
- Pineapple chunks and juice
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Hoisin sauce
- Produce: garlic, red peppers, green onions
- Hot cooked rice, for serving
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Salt and pepper
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup pineapple juice (reserve juice from pineapple chunks)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup cashews
- Sliced green onions
- Cooked rice, for serving
- Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until golden.
- Add bell pepper and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, garlic and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Whisk cornstarch mixture into saucepan. Cook 4-5 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
- Pour sauce over chicken and peppers. Stir in pineapple, cashews and green onions. Serve over hot cooked rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 426 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 97mg Sodium: 967mg Carbohydrates: 39g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 40g
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