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Pineapple Chicken With Rice

Pineapple chicken with rice is a one-pot dinner recipe. Chicken breasts are cooked in a frying pan and topped with sliced pineapple, sweet and sour sauce, and served with rice. This recipe can be prepared in about 30 minutes, costing around $15 for 4-6 servings.

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Pineapple Chicken With Rice

Pineapple chicken with rice is a simple, 30-minute dinner that works great for weeknights. Chicken breasts can be easily cooked in a frying pan and topped with a sweet and sour sauce and sliced pineapple.

This recipe is served on a bed of rice (any kind of rice will work here) for a simple, yet flavorful meal.

Saving Time With One Pan Meals

This pineapple chicken recipe is cooked in one frying pan, making the cook time and clean up faster. Recipes that use the one-pot method help to keep things simple.

In my opinion, this is the KEY to an easy, healthy dinner routine. For the majority of our dinners, the cooking is done in one pot, baking sheet or in a frying pan.

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Ingredients Shopping List

The pineapple chicken with rice recipe uses simple ingredients, many of which you might already have in your pantry. Here’s the shopping list you’ll need with some substitution suggestions if needed.

  • 1 ½ cups RiceBrown rice or white rice will work. I used short grain brown rice. > Buy Rice Here
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken BreastsLook for boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup Dijon MustardUsed for the sweet and sour sauce. > Buy Dijon Mustard Here
  • ¼ cup Maple SyrupMaple syrup or honey will work. > Buy Maple Syrup Here
  • 2 Minced Garlic ClovesYou can use a garlic mincer or chop small by hand.
  • 14 oz Canned Sliced PineappleLook for sliced pineapple, not chunks. Keep the juice for sauce. > Buy Canned Pineapple Here
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch or 2 Tbsp Arrowroot To thicken the sauce. Cornstarch is typically used as a sauce thickener, while arrowroot powder is a gluten-free version. Use twice as much arrowroot as you would cornstarch. > Buy Cornstarch Here or you can Buy Arrowroot Powder Here.

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Steel frying pan with chicken breasts, sauce and pineapple slices inside.

Recipe Cost = $15

The chicken breasts cost me $11. But everything else added to less than $4. This recipe cost me about $3.75 per person, making it a really affordable meal (these prices will vary depending on where you live).

Money-Saving Tip: Look for chicken breasts reduced for “quick sale”. My grocery store usually sells these for 30% off. You can also see if your store uses the Flash Food app or something similar. Flash Food offers near-expiring foods at 50% off. I grab a lot of our meats this way, then just bring them home and eat that day or freeze immediately. The Flash Food app is available in a variety of grocery store chains across the US and Canada. 

Grocery Shopping Tip: Here are my 7 ways to save money on your grocery bill and still eat healthily.

Kitchen Equipment Used

Everything is cooked in a frying pan and rice is cooked in a rice cooker. A couple of bowls, a garlic mincer, and a silicone whisk make this recipe a breeze.

  • Frying Pan: The entire recipe is cooked in a frying pan, making clean up simple. > Buy Frying Pan Here
  • Garlic Mincer: This tool helps you mince garlic fast and easily. > Buy Garlic Mincer Here
  • Silicone Whisk: A great tool to have. It’s used to whisk and thicken the sauce without damaging the frying pan surface. > Buy Silicon Whisks Here
  • Rice Cooker: This is the easiest way to cook rice while you cook the rest of the recipe. > Buy Rice Cooker Here

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Plate of cooked pineapple slices, chicken breasts, and rice. Sauce drizzled over top and parsley sprinkled.

How To Make Pineapple Chicken With Rice

This pineapple chicken with rice is all cooked in one frying pan.

  1. Cook Rice – You’ll need 1½ cup of uncooked rice for this recipe. This can be leftovers from another meal, or rice cooked in advance. I prefer to use a small rice cooker to make my rice.
  2. Make Sauce – Mix together dijon mustard, maple syrup, minced garlic. Set aside for now.
  3. Cook Chicken – Heat a pan over medium-high heat with a bit of cooking oil. Add the chicken breasts and brown each side for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle the sauce overtop, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Thicken Sauce – Remove the pan from heat and add chicken breasts to a plate, leaving the sauce behind. Add in the pineapple juice and cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) to the pan. Whisk together the sauce, scraping down the sides of the pan to mix everything together. The sauce will begin to thicken quite quickly.
  5. Add Pineapple – Add the pineapple slices and chicken breasts back to the frying pan. Cover the pan and return to low heat for 2 minutes – just enough time to warm through.
  6. Serve – Add cooked rice to plates then top with chicken breast, sliced pineapple and sauce. Serve and enjoy!

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Pineapple Chicken Recipe Tips and Tricks

Brown Chicken: Heat the frying pan over medium-high heat with a bit of cooking oil. Once it’s hot, sear the chicken breasts on both sides for 2 minutes. This will help to seal in the juices, making the meat moist and tender. This step is done before adding the sauce to the pan.

Quick Lid Hack: Are you using a frying pan and don’t have a lid that will fit? Try using a baking sheet or aluminum foil to cover the frying pan instead!

How To Thicken The Sauce Without Cornstarch: Although cornstarch is naturally gluten-free, many cornstarch brands are manufactured in a facility that processes other ingredients with gluten. If you’re avoiding gluten, you can substitute with arrowroot flour. This is an easy substitute for any recipes you make requiring cornstarch. You can buy arrowroot flour here.

Stir Sauce Frequently: This sauce uses maple syrup which can sometimes burn while cooking in the frying pan. I like to stir occassionally and scrape the sides of the pan with a spatula while the chicken is cooking.

Use a Silicone Whisk: When you’re thickening the sauce, use a silicone whisk. Using a metal whisk can scratch the surface of your frying pan, causing it to wear faster. Use a silicone whisk instead to keep the surface safe and clean. You can buy a silicone whisk here.

How To Tell When Chicken Is Cooked: According to the USDA recommended cooking temperatures, the safest internal temperature for cooking all types of poultry products is 165°F. This is the interior temperature that the chicken will read at once removed from the frying pan. You can use a meat thermometer, which will be poked into the thickest part of the chicken to read the temperature. The chicken will also no longer be pink inside and juices will run clear.

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Plate of cooked chicken breasts with pineapple slices and rice with kitchen towel in background.

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Pineapple Chicken With Rice

Pineapple chicken with rice is a one-pot dinner recipe. Chicken breasts are cooked in a frying pan and topped with sliced pineapple, sweet and sour sauce, and served with rice.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rice
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 14 oz canned sliced pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch - or 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder

Instructions

  • In advance: Cook the rice according to package instructions and the way you normally do (I use a rice cooker). You'll need about 1½ or 2 cups of uncooked rice for family of four.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dijon mustard, maple syrup, and minced garlic.
  • Drain the pineapple slices from juice, keeping ½ cup of pineapple juice and adding to a bowl. Add 1 Tbsp of cornstarch (or 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder) and whisk in. Set this aside.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat with 1 Tbsp of cooking oil. Once the pan is hot, sear the chicken breasts for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • Lower the heat and drizzle the dijon maple syrup sauce over the chicken. Cover the pan with a lid and let this simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir sauce occassionally during this time, scraping the sauce from sides of the pan with a wood or silicone spatula.
  • Remove the pan from heat and add chicken to a plate.
    Now add the pineapple juice / cornstarch mixture to the pan and whisk in, scraping all the sides to mix in everything. The sauce will thicken in 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the pineapple slices and chicken back to the frying pan. Cover and heat until warmed through, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add rice to plates, top with chicken breasts, pineapple slices and sauce. Serve while still warm.
Nutrition
Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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