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Fresh Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Updated on July 9, 2013

Fresh Pineapple


Health Benefits Of Fresh Pineapple

Fresh pineapple is an amazing fruit that I love the sweetness, and flavor of, but it also incredibly good for you. It is on the top of the list when it comes health benefits, and nutrition. The best part of this super food is that it dose not cost an arm and leg to buy. I pay anywhere from 2-4 dollars for a fresh pineapple at the grocery store, or 2 dollars for a frozen bag.

It is said that pineapple will help with indigestion, arthritis and it helps get rid of intestinal worms.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that helps to develop and maintain of strong bones and tissue. One cup of fresh pineapple will give you 76% of the recommended daily amount of manganese. Which might help in preventing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease where bones become fragile and more likely to fracture. Risk factors for Osteoporosis are menopause, Certain medical conditions, certain medicines, family history of osteoporosis, drinking a large amount of alcohol, low body weight, and Smoking.

Pineapple has Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory, and digestive aid. Which may help in the treatment and prevention of inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis, hay fever, rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. If you suffer from a inflammatory diseases talk to you doctor see if adding food rich with bromelain like pineapple will aid you.

Pineapple is also high in Vitamin C one cup of pineapple will give you 131% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin c. Which provides Antioxidant Protection and Immune Support

It is also low in calories as one cup of pineapple only has 80 calories.

This amazing fruit has been used over the ages to treat everything from morning sickness to pain relief. Which makes it a grate fruit to keep on hand and use regularly.

About Fresh Pineapple Chicken

One night I went to have dinner with my sister. My little sister knows how much I love chicken cooked with tropical fruits so she came up with the recipe to surprise me. I feel in love with this sweet and sticky chicken after that. It took me days of begging to finally get the recipe for pineapple chicken from her. I changed it up a bit making it with the fresh pineapple instead of canned and adding cinnamon, and nutmeg to it. I feel the nutmeg and cinnamon gives it that something special.

The chicken is marinated with fresh pineapple, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. It makes the perfect dinner for a warm night, that will please everyone in your home. I've been making this wonderful recipe since my sister gave it to me 10 years ago. It is a family favorite in my house hold.My kids really love it and enjoy helping make it. As soon as the pineapples are in season my kids start asking me to make pineapple chicken for them.

If you would like to make this recipe on the hot end you add some red chili flake, or hot chili sauce. For really hot you even try some Thai red chili pepper, or hot chili oil. I would play around with it until you find a combination of sweetness and heat the works well for you. If you do try this let me know what you did and how it truned out in the comments below, I would love to try some of your variation to the recipe.

Fresh Pineapple

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How To Buy A Pineapple

I try to never buy can pineapple it just dose not taste as good as fresh. If you can not but a fresh pineapple I recommend buying it frozen, which after defrosting will work fine for pineapple chicken. But the efforts of buying a fresh pineapple are well wroth it for this recipe, The fresh ripe pineapple has a taste that even the frozen can not compare to.

When buying a fresh pineapple color dose not mean if it ripe or not a green pineapple can be as ripe or even riper then a yellow. You want the pineapple to be firm and heavy for it size. The leafs need to be green and hold in place when you tug on it. If it looks dry or brown move on to the next pineapple. The skin should be a nice green color if it has some yellow that is fine. If the eyes of the pineapple are not brown or look like they have been crying put it down and find a new pineapple. The eyes should be all close to the same size, all the same color and free from mold or mildew. When you squeeze the pineapple it should be firm with no soft or squishy spots. Smell the pineapple it should smell like a ripe juicy pineapple, if it has no smell or smells like something else move on.

You can keep pineapple on you counter for around 2 days. You can also freeze it if you do not plain on using it right away.

Cut Pineapple


Video One Of How To Pick And Cut A Pineapple

Video Two How To Pick A Ripe Pineapple,And Cut A Pineapple

How To Cut A Pineapple

Cutting a pineapple can the intimating the first time you do it. There are mean looking fruits with body armor, but there is no reason to let the pineapple scare you away there very easy to cut. Along with providing a guide here I have picked out to videos that show you step by step how to cut a pineapple.For those of you who are like me and have to see it done to learn how to do it. The first one is by whole foods market and is the easiest and fastest way to cut a pineapple the second video is for those of you who want a easy neat way to sever your fresh pineapple or that worries about wasting to much of the fruit. There both really easy to do just one takes up a bit more time

To Cut A Fresh Pineapple

(1) Remove the top and bottom of the pineapple

(2) Stand the pineapple up on its bottom and cut down the side deep enough to remove the brown eyes and green skin.

(3) If any brown or green is left take your knife and cut it off

(4) cut the pineapple into four parts

(5) Cut off the core of the pineapple from each part. The core is a hard part of the fruit in the center.

(2) now you can slice the pineapple into strips, cubes, or chop it as needed.

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Fresh Pineapple Chicken With Pineapple Rice


Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Severs 6

How You Make Fresh Pineapple Chicken

  1. Mix everything but chicken in bowl.
  2. Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour half of the pineapple mix over the chicken.
  3. Seal the bag and give it a good shake. Place the bag of chicken in a bowl or on plate and refrigerate for at least a hour up to three.
  4. Heat oil in large skillet and brown chicken on both sides toss out the Ziploc bag with the sauce in it. Cook the chicken for about 2-4 minutes on each side until it is brown.
  5. Pour on the remaining pineapple sauce mix from the bowl, cover and cook 5-10 minutes until the chicken is done.
  6. I like to sever my chicken with rice, and mango salsa.

What You Need For Fresh Pineapple Chicken

  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 c fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 2 oranges, cut in chucks
  • 1 c pineapple juice
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c light soy sauce
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Pineapple Chicken With Mango Salsa


Nutrition Information For Fresh Pineapple Chicken

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 480
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 45 g15%
Sugar 38 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 55 g110%
Cholesterol 146 mg49%
Sodium 1116 mg47%
* 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.

Where I Got The Nutritional Info

I used recipe builder to get the Nutritional Information for my recipe. Below is the vitamin count for this recipe that is not listed on the side.

The percent shown is the RDA for a 2,000 cal diet

Vitamin A 3.1 % Vitamin B-12 14.9 % Vitamin B-6 73.8 % Vitamin C 73.1 % Vitamin D 0.0 % Vitamin E 4.1 % Calcium 6.9 % Copper 13.0 % Folate 11.1 % Iron 14.4 % Magnesium 23.2 % Manganese 74.6 % Niacin 135.8 % Pantothenic Acid 22.5 % Phosphorus 49.9 % Riboflavin 17.4 % Selenium 61.8 % Thiamin 19.4 % Zinc 14.6 %


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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for the vote. Let me know how you like it.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Never tried this before... but would love to make it at home. Thanks for the Recipe. Voted up and pinned for reference!

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for the votes and share :)

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh YUM!! Great pictures and video! :-) Votes and shares!!

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I'm glad hear it, let me know how you like it. Thanks for the vote up :)

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      Letha G. 4 years ago from USA

      This sounds amazing..going to try it up