Stir Fry Chicken With Pineapple

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I don’t think of stir fry as a Chinese food. I simply consider it a delicious meal that can compliment almost any flavor palette. Stir Fry Chicken With Pineapple is definitely one of my family’s favorites!

This dish is a fun spin on the classic Chinese dish. That classic dish is usually made with carrots, celery, and bean sprouts. But in this pineapple stir fry chicken recipe, we’ve taken it in a different direction.

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

pineapple chicken stir fry

Prep:15 mins

Cook:15 mins

Total:30 mins

Servings:4 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
597Calories
11gFat
80gCarbs
44gProtein

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

Sweet, savory, fresh, fruity, and oh so craveable, this pineapple chicken stir-fry will be your new favorite weeknight meal. The pineapple adds a perfect little bit of tang, and the garlic and crushed red pepper make it garlicky and just a little spicy. Sweet red bell pepper and zippy scallions round out the dish.

This stir-fry comes together in no time and is a complete meal in one pan. Serve it with white or brown rice and top with chopped peanuts or cashews for crunch.

Ingredients

For the Stir-Fry:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced scallions

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

For Serving:

  • Steamed rice
  • Chopped peanuts, or sesame seeds, for garnish

Steps to Make It

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  1. Gather your ingredients.pineapple chicken stir fry
  2. Add the oil to a sauté pan or wok. Heat on high heat and add the chicken and half of the garlic. Do not disturb the chicken and let it cook on high heat for about 3 minutes, or until browned.pineapple chicken stir fry
  3. Stir the chicken, rotating it to the other side to brown. Add in the diced onions. Cook them together stirring occasionally until the onions are softened and the chicken is cooked through.pineapple chicken stir fry
  4. Put the cornstarch, ginger, red pepper flakes, and remaining half of the garlic into a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the soy, broth, vinegar, and brown sugar.pineapple chicken stir fry
  5. Add the sauce to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.pineapple chicken stir fry
  6. Toss the diced pineapple and chopped bell pepper into the chicken and sauce. Stir it until they are coated with sauce. Top it with scallions. Stir and cook for another minute or two. If you want the bell peppers softer you can toss them in with the chicken while it is cooking or cook the entire mixture for longer.pineapple chicken stir fry
  7. Serve with hot rice, more scallions, and crushed peanuts or sesame seeds if you wish.

Variations

You can serve this stir-fry with white or brown rice. You can also serve it with rice noodles or regular noodles. You can also try it with zoodles, which are zucchini noodles made from spiralizing the whole zucchini.

Tips

  • To make your life easier you can use frozen, prechopped bell peppers. you can really use any color you like.
  • You can also buy frozen, diced pineapple too, so you don’t have to peel and core the pineapple yourself.

HONEY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN STIR-FRY

This delectable version of sweet and sour chicken is lightly sweetened with honey.

15m

PREP TIME

15m

COOK TIME

267

CALORIES

14

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS 6 Servings

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Paprika 
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1Mix pineapple juice, water, honey, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the corn starch, garlic powder, ginger and paprika in small bowl; stir until smooth. Set aside. Coat chicken in remaining 2 tablespoons corn starch.
  • 2Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir fry 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Remove from skillet. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet. Add vegetables; stir fry 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  • 3Stir soy sauce mixture. Add to skillet; stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat and boil 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add chicken and pineapple chunks; stir fry 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve with cooked rice, if desired.

Healthy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

This pineapple chicken stir fry recipe is made with whole ingredients such as chopped bell peppers, broccoli florets, pineapple chunks, and chicken, of course! The stir fry sauce is naturally sweetened with pineapple juice and topped off with a dash of sesame seeds. No regrets!

pineapple chicken stirfry

Sweet Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Sometimes, I’ll have this crazy craving for Chinese takeout. Does that happen to you?

I usually bounce back and forth between healthy cashew chicken and this recipe for pineapple chicken. I always love a good stir fry! And, I can already tell that you are going to love this healthy weeknight dinner with minimal ingredients!

Pineapple chicken has simple, healthy ingredients. It can be easily made with recipes you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. If you are following a gluten-free diet or have an allergy, choose tamari over soy sauce.

As far as the stir fry sauce goes, I love finding ways to sweeten my recipes without using cane sugar. Pineapple not only adds beauty to this recipe, but it is so sweet that you don’t need any white or brown sugar. In fact, this tastes incredible that you might never want to order takeout again!

Okay, maybe I can’t exactly promise that, but I can tell you that the flavors are bigger, bolder, and better!

Ultimately, I created this sweet chicken recipe because I really wanted a healthy alternative to some of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes. Well, what I made actually tastes better than takeout – try it for yourself and see!

pineapple chicken stirfry

Ingredients In This Stir Fry

This recipe only uses simple and healthy ingredients. The entire list is in the printable recipe card a little further below.

  • Avocado Oil: Use this to cook the chicken in the frying pan. I used about 2 tablespoons.
  • Chicken Breasts: Dice the chicken before you cook them because that will make them cook faster. For this recipe, I used a little over a pound. You can also use boneless chicken thighs instead.
  • Onion: Use your favorite type of onion. I diced a small red onion because it is sweeter and has a lot of flavor.
  • Bell Peppers: Dice both red and yellow peppers. This adds color and nutrition to the stir fry. You can also add some green bell peppers if you want.
  • Broccoli: Use as much broccoli as you like and chop it up into small florets. The smaller the florets, the easier and quicker it will cook.
  • Pineapple Chunks: I used the entire 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks in this stir fry. Remember to drain it first and keep the juice to use in the sauce. I went with a canned version because they tend to be sweeter. You never really know when you use a fresh pineapple.
  • Sesame Seeds: Just sprinkle them on top to add a garnish (and a bit more flavor).
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: You’ll need about 1/4 cup.
  • Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium if you are trying to consume less salt. If you are gluten-free, swap with tamari sauce. Either way, you’ll need about 1/3 cup.
  • Sesame Oil: This helps all the other ingredients really pop! You only need 1.5 tablespoons as a little bit goes a long way.
  • Arrowroot: Add about 2 tablespoons to the stir fry towards the end. This will help the sauce thicken up.
pineapple chicken stirfry

Kitchen Tools Required For This Stir Fry

Another thing I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t require lots of appliances. Here’s what I used to make it:

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Skillet or Wok
  • Whisk

For measuring, you will need 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon.

How To Make Easy Healthy Stir Fry

Even if you haven’t ever made stir fry before, this recipe could not be any simpler. Anyone can make it!

First, chop up everything – the veggies and the chicken. Then, cook your chicken in a large pan with the avocado oil.

After the chicken is completely cooked, remove it from the pan and drain all the extra liquid.

In the same pan, add other tbsp of avocado oil and onion, peppers, and broccoli. Let cook for another 7-8 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Meanwhile, make sauce by whisking together all sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.

When the veggies are ready, add the chicken back to pan, along with the sauce and pineapple chunks.

Let all of this cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Serve and enjoy!

pineapple chicken stirfry sauce
making pineapple chicken stirfry

Recipe Tips

Below are some common stir fry questions. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

What are some healthy ways to serve this stir fry?

Serve this stir fry over rice, pasta, or even cauliflower rice. The sauce is pretty sweet and tastes amazing on your favorite type of rice.

I highly recommend making a batch of this veggie fried cauliflower rice!

How do you make it taste spicier?

This is a really mild recipe. If you want it to have a bit of spice, add some red pepper flakes to the sauce. You could also add a dash (or more to taste) of sriracha.

Can I make this meatless?

Yes, this is a fantastic recipe to make meatless, too! If you want a vegan protein source, add some tofu. Otherwise, it tastes wonderful with just the vegetables as well.

Substitution Tip

Wondering if you can use different meat or veggies in the stir fry? There are a few ways you can.

This is a wonderful way to use up any leftover raw veggies that are in your refrigerator. Instead of broccoli, use some cauliflower florets. You can even chop up and add zucchini or squash to your stir fry.

I also like making it with some snow peas and matchstick carrots. Be creative and use any vegetables that you want!

Yes, you can use different types of meat too. I think chicken is light meat that absorbs the flavors really well and it cooks quickly. Try it with some chopped-up pork loin or even some thin-sliced steak.

Storing Leftovers

This pineapple chicken stir fry recipe is the perfect freezer meal. Make it, let it cool down completely, and then store it in a resealable freezer bag. Then, when you are ready to make it again, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator and just reheat it in a large skillet.

It’s also pretty perfect to store in the refrigerator for your meal plan (or just to eat later on in the week). Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

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