Chicken with Pineapple

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Chicken with Pineapple has all the flavors of Asian and Polynesian combined in a sweet and sour sauce a quick complete meal when served over hot fluffy rice, noodles, or even baked potatoes!

The chicken can be any part, boneless or bone-in that will have a sweet garlicky pineapple sauce with the addition of bell peppers.

We love the sweet and sour sauce combination of flavors with any meat you choose to use and we even double the recipe because the sauce is so delicious poured over rice and drenched!

We have even added a substitution list for those who prefer a different vegetable.

Since our family prefers bone-in thighs we have made this recipe with thighs today and the meat stays nice and juicy.

The recipe is simple and adaptable with many suggestions you will find below as you read through this easy to make one pan meal

You may also like our recipe for my pineapple chicken casserole, copycat bourbon chicken, the best tempura batter ever, and our easy recipe for stir-fried rice!

Scroll down to this quick to prepare a meal in no time it's so much better than any take-out Asian meal to make right in your own kitchens easily!

Chicken or Pork?

I have been asked many times can we make this with pork? Absolutely and beef also!

I do prefer, however, to use boneless pork tenderloin or center-cut off-the-bone chops and boneless sirloin steak.

Any chicken parts you prefer can be also used the sauce is basic and taste great with any meats you decide to use.

Adding this one top of quinoa or steamed rice, noodles,baked potatoes or whatever your heart desires, dinner will be fabulous!

Ingredients You Will Need

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  • pineapple chunks in juice
  • water
  • soy sauce
  • cornstarch
  • teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • chicken thighs or boneless skinless chicken any parts 
  • olive oil
  • bell pepper, cut into slices
  • brown sugar
  • minced garlic
  • Rice of any kind cooked to package instructions


  1. substitute pineapple with mandarin oranges for a change or use both
  2. add more soy sauce to flavor
  3. for heat add some freshly grated ginger and cayenne pepper
  4. this dish is best eaten the first day
  5. any kind of boiled rice compliments this sauce or Asian style noodles
  6. if you prefer a large amount of sweet and sour sauce double the liquid recipe

Preparation and Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Bowl
  • Large Fry Pan
  • Rice steamer 
  • Large spoon
  • Whisk

Other Vegetable Options to Add:

Use about 2 cups chopped fresh vegetables

  • bell peppers
  • zucchini
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • yellow or white onions
  • green onions
  • pea pods
  • cabbage
  • spinach
  • asparagus
  • mushrooms
  • bok choy
  • Optional: If you're in a hurry just use a 16-ounce bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables and a can of cream of broccoli soup instead of this homemade sauce adding just the honey, spices and soy sauce.

Other Recipes To Try:

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli
Copycat Bourbon Chicken

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Perfect Weeknight Meal

If you're looking for a quick weeknight meal that the kids will love, this is one to try plus it's economical and can feed a large family easily.

This chicken, pork, beef will be a hit no matter what you choose to use and delicious addition to your quick and easy meals collection.

You may also like our Slow Cooker Asian Chicken and Broccoli to try also.

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Chicken with Pineapple

Chicken with Pineapple

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 40 Min
This is a Hawaiian-style sweet chicken dish with pineapple made with boneless or bone-in chicken and a light delicious sauce perfect over white rice.


  • 6 chicken thighs or 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts or any parts you prefer
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks reserve juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • reserved pineapple juice and add water to make 3/4 of a cup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons rice vinegar or regular vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped green or red peppers or both


  1. In a large frypan, brown chicken on all sides in oil and almost cooked all the way through.. 
  2. Season with salt, pepper and add in the peppers, garlic, and granulated garlic for 1 minute. 
  3. Reduce heat and simmer with pineapple/water covered for  20 to 30 minutes (depending on the thickness of chicken and bone-in takes longer) or until the chicken is tender.
  4. Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  5. In a small bowl mix corn starch, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar,  and stir. 
  6. Add the sweet and sour sauce to chicken in fry pan cook stirring constantly until clear and thickened. 
  7. Stir in the pineapple. 
  8. Cook 10 minutes.,
  9. Serve over your favorite fluffy boiled white rice.

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  1. The pineapple adds the perfect twang!

  2. looks very scrumptious,love your combination!

  3. I proselytize about buying whole chickens. Hope you did that and had another use for the remaining parts. Looks like a lovely recipe.

  4. What an unusual recipe for me! I'm curious about the combination of pineapple with chicken, I never tried it. This dish looks very scrumptious. Bye dear, hope you have a great we

  5. What a lovely version of sweet and sour chicken. This is one of those dishes that is universally popular. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. My kind of meal. I love sweet and sour chicken but have never made it at home. I need to give this a try and save some money from takeout. This looks delicious. Yummy!

  7. This is seriously delicious! Love those flavors!!!!

  8. This is perfect! Funny, but I have some chicken in the fridge just waiting to be used in a different way and I have some fresh pineapple! Good to go!

  9. I love meals that enable us to use what's on hand. This is a tasty sweet and sour chicken recipe Claudia. I like the cayenne pepper for a bit of heat too, thanks for the tip!

    Have a great weekend

  10. I love the sweet and savory flavors of this Claudia! Completely delicious!

  11. I LOVE sweet and sour chicken. It's one of my absolute favorites. Yours looks amazing. I wish I had this for dinner instead! :)

  12. This looks simple and delicious. I love sweet and sour but never made it at home, not yet! Thanks for the inspiration

  13. I think this is a great change-up too, like the pepper in there myself and I know this will taste great

  14. This looks very good. I love this combination of sweet and sour and most of all to be served with rice.

    Have a great week :)

  15. I haven't had sweet and sour chicken in years. Might have to give this a try.

  16. I'm not usually a sweet and sour person...but this looks tasty!

  17. Great recipe. Looks absolutely delicious.

  18. Dear Claudia, I love sweet and sour chicken and this sounds delish!! Blessings, Catherine

  19. Sweet and sour chicken is a great take out dish, but this looks so much better!

  20. What a delicious meal! And the giveaway sounds great. Btw, Joy Bauer just wrote to me yesterday. Did you join their Affliate program?

  21. My youngest would just love this dish...all hi favorites :)

  22. excellent comprehensive chicken recipe I loved it, looks very nice and strong, I love your kitchen, affection and hugs.

  23. What a delicious and easy dish! I love quick meals like this. Thanks!

  24. Looks great! We are always looking for sweet and sour recipes. The kids favorite chicken dish.

  25. Looks great. We are always looking for sweet and sour chicken recipes - the kids favorite dish.

  26. Oh Claudia, I think you outdid yourself with this one.

  27. Looks delicious. Love sweet and sour with pretty much any meat, yum

  28. The balance of sweet and sour was perfect! Will be having again soon!

  29. The sweet and savory combination of flavors sounds so good! Can't wait to try this.

  30. Love sweet and sour flavors, looks terrific!

  31. So easy and delicious! I made this last night for my family and everyone loved it. Definitely making it again. Thanks for such an easy and tasty recipe!


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