Polynesian Pineapple Chicken

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Polynesian Pineapple Chicken is a blend of sweet and sour flavors all in one casserole and the weekend easy weeknight meal that can be prepared the night before and all you'll need is some quick-cooked rice.

It's a super easy dish that's really economical using chicken thighs or any parts your family prefers with bone-in.

I love the sweet and sour of this dish. It's a great change with fruit and chicken all in one casserole.

The pineapple, peppers, and rice are a great meal with this Polynesian flair! The first time I ever had this delicious pineapple chicken was in Hawaii on a buffet luau and it was love at first taste.

Asian Flavors with A Sweet and Sour Savory Sauce Shopping List of Ingredients (measurements in the printable recipe card at the end of this post)

  1. Rice Vinegar
  2. Pineapple cubes in unsweetened juice
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Cornstarch
  5. Chicken Thighs 
  6. Chicken broth
  7. Brown sugar
  8. Peppers
  9. Granulated garlic powder
  10. Salt and pepper (cayenne for heat) is optional

Other Fruit Substitutions

  • peaches
  • mango
  • pear
  • papaya
  • mandarin oranges

In my opinion, this Polynesian pineapple chicken casserole is a cross between Asian flavors and Polynesian.

I like the sweet taste from the brown sugar and fruit and then the rice vinegar gives it a little tang. The soy sauce also gives it that Asian flair.

Other Serving Ideas

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Polynesian Pineapple Chicken

Polynesian Pineapple Chicken

Polynesian Chicken Pineapple Casserole is a delicious casserole with Asian and sweet Polynesian flavors of pineapple
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 4 chicken thighs or breasts seasoned with a pinch each salt, pepper, and granulated garlic powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil, sesame oil, or olive oil
  • Sauce for the oven:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks packed in unsweetened juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • reserved pineapple juice around 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar or regular vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pepper sliced green or cut into cubes of any color
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or more if you want a thicker sauce)


  1. Heat the oil and brown chicken on both sides on low heat, and season with salt and pepper, and cayenne if using.
  2. Note: I usually cook it for around 5 minutes on each side on high heat and add granulated garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a few sliced peppers for flavor ( and more not cooked in the sauce while baking).
  3. Remove chicken and place in an oil-sprayed deep 10 x 10 casserole dish.
  4. In another medium-size bowl, blend together, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.
  5. Add the pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, and broth, and stir to combine add the pineapple, the rest of the sliced peppers, and some of the oil from the pan( a tablespoon or more) with sauteed peppers).
  6. Pour over the chicken.
  7. Place 350 preheated oven for 25 minutes covered. 
  8. Tip: use an internal meat thermometer when the chicken is at 165 degrees internally it's cooked!
  9. Remove cover and bake until chicken is fork tender around 15 to 20 more minutes. If you want a thicker sauce add more cornstarch for thinner add more pineapple juice.
  10. Serve with boiled or steamed rice.

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  1. Mmm, this casserole looks tasty. Love using pineapple in cooking, the sweet and savory combo is simply delicious!

  2. This looks so delicious, love the addition of pineapple!

  3. Love the sweet and savory combination here. And seems really easy to make too!

  4. This looks so delicious, I love sweet and sour flavors with chicken and pineapple pairs wonderfully. Had no idea growing pineapple was so easy, thanks for the tip!

  5. Pineapple and chicken is one of my favorite combinations. The casserole looks absolutely delicious!

  6. I love the combo of pineapple and chicken. The casserole looks so tasty!

  7. I love the combination of sweet and savory. Looks like a tasty meal!

  8. Wow! That's incredible that you are growing your own pineapples! I am going to try it too. Scrumptious casserole, too! :-)

  9. I always love the combination of sweet & savory flavors together. And this sounds like an easy meal to prepare perfect for any occasion.

  10. Pineapple and chicken go so well together - love them combined like this in a simple, crowd-pleasing dish!

  11. Oh wow! This chicken casserole looks mouthwatering! I love pineapple with chicken. Pinning this to try soon, thanks!

  12. Pineapple chicken looks delicious, I love that you even grown your own pineapple. Sweetness of pineapple goes well with soysauce and chicken yummy meal.

  13. I love sweet and sour flavours together! This chicken casserole looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  14. This looks so great! I love the flavor combo of the sweet pineapple with the chicken. I am pinning this one to my pineapple recipes board for later ;)

  15. mmm it looks so appetizing. This is a great idea for dinner for me and my family. We adore the chicken. I definitely want to try your recipe, and I'm sure it's very tasty. Thank you for sharing this great recipe, I think this casserole will be one of my favorites. Yum!

  16. I love pineapple with chicken! This sounds really tasty, I'm not surprised it's a family favourite.

  17. This chicken sounds fabulous, Claudia! I'm always looking for new chicken recipes to try and this is a winner!

  18. Yes! This is what I have been looking for. The sweet and sour taste just open up my appetite for more.

  19. What a great flavor combination -- chicken and pineapple. The pineapple actually helps to cook and tenderize the chicken. We eats lots of chicken and this recipe is just a bit different than how we normally prepare it. Will be a welcome change.

  20. Can you please tell me exactly how much pineapple juice you use in this recipe? I'm having a hard time trying to figure it out.

    1. Sure if you are using canned chunks its the juice from the can reserved. I measured 1/2 that came out of my 15 ounce can. If you are using fresh pineapple use 1/2 of pineapple juice canned or freshly squeezed. Hope that helps

  21. This is so FRESH for summer! I love anything with pineapple and this fits the bill. Thank you!

  22. I just love all your recipes! So fresh an delicious. Made with real food ingredients. This was EXCELLENT!


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