Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Pineapple chicken in soy sauce with coconut rice, tropical dinner served in a pineapple great for dinner party

Earlier this week I promised you guys that if you would make the Pina Colada Cooler, I’ll share a recipe that will use up all of the ingredients  needed for the cocktail, minus the rum. So, here is the pineapple chicken with coconut rice,  served in a pineapple—because this week we are still pretending we are in a tropical paradise, and you should too! 

Pineapple chicken in soy sauce with coconut rice, tropical dinner served in a pineapple great for dinner party

Also, how absolutely amazing and impressive would it be to serve this up for a dinner party? This recipe is super easy to make. It’s simply a soy sauce based glaze for the chicken, that mirrors the takeout version—except here you know you’re feeding your family and friends quality chicken without the processed, sodium heavy sauce. I also used brown rice, which helps make this dinner on the healthier side.

Pineapple chicken in soy sauce with coconut rice, tropical dinner served in a pineapple great for dinner party

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar or agave 
  • tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup of diced pineapple
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of rice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds for garnish

n a medium saucepan, whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce, chicken stock, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture has reduced to about 1 cup and is the consistency of thick syrup. Set the sauce aside.  Add the olive oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and season it with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, stirring, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off any liquids then add the sauce to the pan and stir until combined. Add the pineapple and cashews and cook, stirring, for an additional 1 minute.  Serve the chicken atop a bed of rice.

Directions

To make coconut rice, simply substitute a cup of water with the coconut milk. Cook the rice uncovered so that the milk “won’t run” out of the pan. So if you are making 2 cups of rice, use 3 cups of water and 1 cup of coconut milk. Also, make sure to rinse your rice at least 5-6 times, or until the water runs clean. Also, let the rice sit in water for a bit before cooking. This process has really helped me make fluffy and delicious rice each time!

Salt and pepper your cubed chicken and then place in a medium sized bowl. Add cornstarch to the bowl, and gently mix to coat the chicken. Heat olive oil in a pan. Once sizzling add the chicken. Brown the cubes on all sides, about 5-7 minutes each side. Once your chicken is browned and cooked through set it aside.

Meanwhile in a medium saucepan whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture has reduced and is close to a syrup consistency.
Make your pineapple bowls by slicing the pineapple in half and then scooping out the meat. Cut the meat into cubes, about the same size as the chicken.

Add the pineapple cubes to the chicken in the pan. Pour the sauce over the chicken and the pineapple, cooking on low until the sauce boils again. Mix to coat the chicken and the pineapple, about 3-5 minutes.

Serve by placing rice and then chicken on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Nicole Banuelos August 12, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    This is so creative looking and looks so delicious!

  • Reply Amanda Maxwell August 11, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Brilliant!! Serving it in a pineapple is simply
    Perfect. Looks yummy and looks fabulous!

  • Reply Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms August 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Yum! This looks delicious! My daughter has recently discovered she loves pineapple, so I will have to try this!

  • Reply Clair August 11, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    This seriously is the most beautiful and delicious food I have ever seen! Pinning to try this out!

  • Reply Belle August 11, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    That seriously looks amazing! I need to try this at home!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Reply Lauren | also known as mama August 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Yum!!! My mom makes something like this, but I don’t think she uses coconut rice. This looks delicious!!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA August 11, 2017 at 7:57 AM

      If you’re going to go tropical, I say go all the way. Right? ?

  • Reply sofiya makhnovetskaya August 11, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Love this recipe, love everything with tropical flavor! Great presentation!

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