Monday, December 5, 2016

Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! We've been having a lot of new chicken dishes lately! And fruity ones too! Any saucy chicken over rice is a hit at this house so I keep trying new recipes that have that basic theme. My family loves it. This pineapple chicken is fantastic. It is pretty much pineapple sweet and sour chicken. The recipe is again from Jamie Cooks It Up - I love her recipes. I served it with some humble green beans and everyone loved this dinner. This one is definitely worth a try if you need a new chicken recipe.

Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

5 chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
3 tablespoons oil (avocado, canola, etc.)
1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits
1 1/4 cup pineapple juice (the juice from the can plus enough water to equal 1 1/4 cups)
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
sliced green onions, optional for topping

In a dish mix together the flour and lemon pepper. Cut the chicken breasts into strips. Dredge the chicken strips in the flour mixture and place on a plate.

In a hot skillet heat 3 tablespoons of oil. In batched brown the chicken in the oil on both sides. Place browned chicken strips in a non-stick sprayed 9x13 baking dish.

In a saucepan combine pineapple juice (set the pineapple chunks from can aside for now), apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, bouillon, sugar, and cornstarch. Whisk until combined. Heat and bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour 2/3 of the sauce over the browned chicken in the baking dish.

Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven and spread pineapple chunks evenly over the chicken. Pour the rest of the sauce over all and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with sliced green onions if desired before serving over rice.

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