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Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken

Updated on January 31, 2014
Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken
Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Pineapple Chicken

This is one of my husband's favorite dishes. He loves pineapple and has tried this recipe out several times, each time in a different way.

It started with whole chicken breasts on the bottom and fresh pineapple slices on top. We've used not only fresh pineapple, but canned pineapple with the juices.

This time he decided to lay them in the dish sideways hoping to get a little more of that wonderful pineapple juice throughout each slice of chicken.

The chicken always turns out so tender at the end, and the cooked pineapple is simply delicious. Just make sure you remember to cut out the hard inner core or you'll get an unpleasant surprise halfway through dinner.

We simply poured a little teriyaki sauce over the top to give it a little extra flavor, but your could even add a little honey and lemon juice to really bring out the sweet pineapple flavor.

We get a fresh pineapple in our Bountiful Basket about once a month at least, and this was a great way to use it.

Let's look at how to make this for your family!

Step One: Thaw your chicken
Step One: Thaw your chicken | Source
Step Two: Cut off the top of your pineapple
Step Two: Cut off the top of your pineapple | Source
Step Three: Cut down the sides of your pineapple to cut off the outer later
Step Three: Cut down the sides of your pineapple to cut off the outer later | Source
Step Four: Trim any excess outer skin left over
Step Four: Trim any excess outer skin left over | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 6 people 1 cup of pineapple chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 large pineapple
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. I would start by thawing your chicken.
  2. I normally thaw mine in the microwave, but you can see that my husband likes to thaw his in the sink. Unfortunately, that means that he set in out in the sink a couple of hours before to thaw naturally.
  3. For the sake of your recipe times, let's just assume that your chicken has already thawed ahead of time, or that you thaw it in the microwave like me.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a square casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  5. In the meantime, wash your pineapple thoroughly.
  6. With a large sharp knife, cut off the top of your fruit.
  7. Now cut down the sides to remove the outside prickly part of your fruit.
  8. Next, cut your pineapple into thick round slices.
  9. Cut each of your slices in half and make sure to remove the hard centers of each.
  10. Now pull out your thawed chicken breasts and lay them on your cutting board.
  11. Cut each breast into thin round slices just like you did your pineapple.
  12. Lay your pineapple and chicken slices in your casserole dish by sandwiching each of your chicken slices between pineapple slices until your dish is full.
  13. Spread your teriyaki sauce evenly across your chicken and pineapple.
  14. Pop it into the oven for about 45 minutes, or until done.
  15. Make your rice according to the directions on your bag of rice for your rice maker.
  16. We used 1 cup of rice and 1 1/2 cup of water, and pressed the cook button on the rice maker. It cooks for approximately 20 minutes.
  17. When finished, dish out chicken, pineapple and rice, spreading the extra juice from your pan over all three items.
  18. Yummy! Yummy!
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Step Five: Slice your pineapple into thick round slicesStep Six: Then cut each slice in half, remembering to cut out the hard center of each pieceStep Seven: Prepare a casserole dish by spraying it with cooking sprayStep Eight: Slice your thawed chicken into thick slices similar to your pineappleStep Nine: My husband was trying something new this time with his pineapple chicken; Layer your chicken and pineapple slices into your casseroleStep Ten: Fill your casserole to the brim with your slicesStep Eleven: My husband laid the extra pineapple slices on topStep Twelve: Then cover the top of your casserole with just a little bit of teriyaki sauce for tasteStep Thirteen: Now it's time to make your rice; We use Jasmine rice for it's light fluffiness and tasteStep Fourteen: Cook it in your rice cooker until done (We put in a little extra water than instructed)Step Fifteen: Bake for about 45 minutes, or until doneStep Sixteen: Pour the sauce from the pan over your dish before serving. Enjoy!!
Step Five: Slice your pineapple into thick round slices
Step Five: Slice your pineapple into thick round slices | Source
Step Six: Then cut each slice in half, remembering to cut out the hard center of each piece
Step Six: Then cut each slice in half, remembering to cut out the hard center of each piece | Source
Step Seven: Prepare a casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray
Step Seven: Prepare a casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray | Source
Step Eight: Slice your thawed chicken into thick slices similar to your pineapple
Step Eight: Slice your thawed chicken into thick slices similar to your pineapple | Source
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Step Nine: My husband was trying something new this time with his pineapple chicken; Layer your chicken and pineapple slices into your casserole
Step Nine: My husband was trying something new this time with his pineapple chicken; Layer your chicken and pineapple slices into your casserole | Source
Step Ten: Fill your casserole to the brim with your slices
Step Ten: Fill your casserole to the brim with your slices | Source
Step Eleven: My husband laid the extra pineapple slices on top
Step Eleven: My husband laid the extra pineapple slices on top | Source
Step Twelve: Then cover the top of your casserole with just a little bit of teriyaki sauce for taste
Step Twelve: Then cover the top of your casserole with just a little bit of teriyaki sauce for taste | Source
Step Thirteen: Now it's time to make your rice; We use Jasmine rice for it's light fluffiness and taste
Step Thirteen: Now it's time to make your rice; We use Jasmine rice for it's light fluffiness and taste | Source
Step Fourteen: Cook it in your rice cooker until done (We put in a little extra water than instructed)
Step Fourteen: Cook it in your rice cooker until done (We put in a little extra water than instructed) | Source
Step Fifteen: Bake for about 45 minutes, or until done
Step Fifteen: Bake for about 45 minutes, or until done | Source
Step Sixteen: Pour the sauce from the pan over your dish before serving. Enjoy!!
Step Sixteen: Pour the sauce from the pan over your dish before serving. Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of pineapple chicken
Calories 144
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 14 g28%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

It came out a bit dry tasting, but it's actually not dry chicken rather than the aftertaste left over by the cooked pineapple.

To get rid of this dry aftertaste, I suggest chopping your pineapple, combining it with 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/3 cup lemon juice in a crockpot, and letting it cook all day long with your chicken.

The extra flavors will really give it an extra kick, getting rid of the dry pineapple aftertaste, while keeping the wonderful sweet pineapple flavor.

My husband really likes his recipe, and who is it for me to mess with his baby! I hope these little extras help!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a fantastic presentation! It looks very appetizing :-) I don't know if you eat pork but I find that ham (thick slices) and pineaple go very well together too!

      My mother was never combining sweet with salty food. So I had a cultural shock when I went in my family in law :-) My husband is Dutch and there is a big influence of the Indonesian cuisine. It's so interesting to discover new food of different culture :-) But I have my limit too ;-)

      Enjoy your weekend!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Ham and pineapple sounds amazing! You should check out all of my Leftover Holiday Ham recipes. :)

      Thanks for the wonderful story with your comment! That was a great suggestion.

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      Amie Butchko 3 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Sounds good! I think this might be a good crockpot dish for the superbowl. My kids love pineapple, so I am thinking I may be raking in the good reviews! Thanks VVAnNess. I can always count on you for some great ideas!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Great! Thank you! This would be fantastic in a crock pot. That's an amazing idea. :) You'll have to let us know how it turns out!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Love pineapple with anything. It always seems to add that special flavor. This recipe sounds grounds. Up and more and sharing.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! It was delicious, but next time, think I'll add brown sugar to the mix. I'm really liking the crock pot idea!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Always had pineapple with ham, never chicken and I bet it would be really good. Thanks for sharing.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Absolutely! My husband loves this dish and makes it all the time. :) It's very flavorful! I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks for the comment!

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