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Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Ok, it’s February, now. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it’s cold, here, and we have feet of snow. Yeah, feet. And it’s just the time of year when it gets old. So I wanted a little pick me up. Something with a little tropical flair? Maybe something with pineapple!

Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce
Pineapple Chicken – Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir-fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

This Pineapple Chicken filled the bill. I made this once, then again, then again a few days later. It’s that good.  Pineapple Chicken’s a little spicy/sweet and that pineapple gives it just a little tartness. Then there’s the chicken, all succulent and juicy.

That Pineapple Chicken is super easy and fast doesn’t hurt anything at all! It will be done in about the time the rice is finished. All the veggies are in nice, big chunks so that takes hardly any time and that sauce is so simple.

Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce
Pineapple Chicken – Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir-fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Right now is the best time to buy pineapple; for some reason, there’s a huge drop in price in Jan/Feb. This recipe only uses a third of a medium-ish sized pineapple, so it’s nice to have a couple other recipes on hand for the rest. How about chunked & caramelized pineapple served with vanilla ice-cream for dessert?

As for the rest of the ingredients? Make sure to shop for your chicken well – watch for it at the lowest prices and stock up until the next big sale. And if you’re on a budget, check and see if plain old green bell peppers aren’t less than the red ones. The red peppers could very well cost more than the chicken this time of year if you’re not careful.

Pineapple Chicken - Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir fried in a spicy/sweet sauce
Pineapple Chicken – Chunks of Chicken, bell pepper, onion & pineapple stir-fried in a spicy/sweet sauce

Pineapple Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons garlic chili paste (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)

The rest of the team:

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (or about 20 ounces)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 onion, large dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups pineapple, bite-sized chunks (about 1/3 medium-sized pineapple)
  • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed
  • sesame seeds & thinly sliced green onion for garnish

Mix together sauce ingredients and set aside.

Toss chicken with cornstarch. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook the chicken several minutes, stirring, until is white around the edge.

Add the onion and bell peppers and continue to cook several minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are crisp/tender. Add the garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant.

Add sauce, stirring for several minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add water chestnuts & pineapple and toss until heated through.

Garnish with sliced green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve over rice.

Note: if your pineapple is very juicy, you may need to add a little additional sauce. Mix a teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir in. The sauce should thicken almost immediately.

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I’ll be linking up this week at Fiesta Friday #209, hosted this week by Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Laurena @ Life Diet Health.

Pineapple Chicken, sweet/spicy deliciousness! Plus it's super fast and easy!

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23 Comments on “Pineapple Chicken

  1. Pingback: Pineapple Chicken — Frugal Hausfrau – Vietnam Travel & Trade Portal

    • I came to like pineapple late in life, and I just keep liking it more and more. It’s nice to eat it when it’s so cold and snowy outside, it makes everything seem a little brighter.

  2. This sounds like “sweet and sour chicken” which is a favorite (I like it with pork too) Chinese dish. I like that you added water chestnuts – I must have 6 cans in my pantry! Wish I had all the ingredients to make it – next time I go to the grocery 🙂

    • It is a lot like Sweet & Sour Chicken or Pork. I had never heard of it until I saw it in the Deli at Hy Vee…I happened to be talking to my sister and asked her about it and she was surprised I didn’t know about it! I usually go for the spicy dishes.

        • 🙂 I haven’t made anything spicy for awhile, but I’m still thinking about what I’m going to do for Mardi Gras! And then there’s Valentine’s Day…I decided I’d do a Tres Leches Cake for that since you posted that marvelous Tres Leches for Mardi Gras!

          • Great – I’m surprised there are not more Mardi Gras recipes. A Tres Leche Cake is simply out of this world and the recipe I used was just perfect for the Tricentennial! Share any time you want – blogging is just fun for me even co-hosting LOL I picked a week when there are two health conscious people co-hosting so I doubt if my cake will be at the top of their “favorites” 🙂

  3. It’s hard to imagine a dish this good takes such little time to prepare! Thank you for bringing your gorgeous recipe to FF:)

    • Thanks much! I love it – and I never had a fresh pineapple until I was an adult…I thought I hated it because I had only had canned…but I just LOVE fresh!

  4. Hey Mollie– this sounds wonderful. I have a sweet & sour chicken recipe I’ve been making for over 40 years (time for a change??!) and yours looks better– fresh pineapple, water chestnuts, honey and chili paste are all marked improvements! thanks again for another stellar recipe! And– agree about overpriced red peppers!! Why are they so expensive?? Hope you’re staying snug and warm! xo

    • Thanks, Rhonda! Those tried and true faves are the best, though! I used to think water chestnuts were kind of worthless, to tell the truth, then I found out how good they are for you. And I like the little crunch! Those peppers are crazy here. They were on sale 2 for $4.00 when I was at the store yesterday.

      Yes, I am a big fan of the electric blanket! I know they freak some ppl out, but I get in the bedroom with Chance, Homer, get the tv on, my laptop going and turn on that electric blanket and we’re all snug as a bug! It’s amazing how much heat that all generates!!

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