My first time for Polynesian food.
A few years back my husband and I took a trip to Hawaii. We had a delicious tropical Polynesian meal with pineapple baked in a casserole with chicken. What amazing flavors in this casserole. Peppers, a little sweetness and chicken that was so tender it just fell apart. It was nice change of flavors from what we were use to eating all Italian food everyday. The beautiful restaurant was in Maui and such a pretty settings.
There were fresh gardenia's on every table and the ladies all received a leis when they were seated They made you feel so welcome and at home.
As you ate they even had a live show of Hawaiian dancers that was the perfect tropical paradise.
I really loved how the chicken seemed to be slowed cooked in a rich sweet sauce, I had to ask the waiter to find out the ingredients from the cooks in their kitchen. When I went home from vacation the first thing I did was try and recreate this dish.
As I started to add things here and there and tweak the recipe, I finally got the right consistency and flavors came together perfectly. The whole family loves this dish and I make it often. Some great memories were made in Hawaii, this dish of chicken with pineapple, really stood out in my mind. I really love how the flavors in this baked chicken with the added sweetness of pineapple gave me a warm tropical Island feeling. A delicious taste that lingered long after it was eaten in perfect memory of the Hawaiian Islands.
Polynesian Pineapple Chicken Casserole Pin for later
If you're still undecided on the flavors:
In my opinion, this Polynesian pineapple chicken casserole, is a cross between Asian flavors and Polynesian. I like a sweet and then the rice vinegar give it a little tang. The soy sauce also gives it that Asian flair. The chicken comes out delicious with those balanced flavors. I have also used boneless chicken breasts. I really do think bone in thighs work the best with this recipe. Either way this over white rice is a great meal.
I even decided to try and grown my own pineapple plants in pots. They were so easy. The brilliance of flavor was fabulous and now I have over 12 plants just by saving the tops of each pineapple I buy!
Our Hawaii trip was the trip of a lifetime for us, I try and savor the moments by recreating everything I loved about it. The pineapple plantations in Maui was one of my favorite attractions.