Pineapple Chicken Recipe- The Best Chinese Pineapple Chicken

 

Sweet and succulent pineapple chicken…

Pineapple chicken is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. I adore the sweetness, spiciness and mild sourness of this dish. To make this dish colorful, I’ve added green and red pepper. The chicken was turned into fritters and stir-fried along with veggies and pineapple. Any dish will turn awesome with chicken fritters. Made a simple sauce with pineapple juice and soy sauce, added that while stir-frying; this dish couldn’t get any better.

Sharing my version of pineapple chicken. I warn you it’s can get super addictive.

Cooking video

Pineapple Chicken

 

Ingredients

For marinating chicken

  • Chicken breast, diced- 2 breasts
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp (low- sodium)
  • Rice vinegar- 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt- 1/4 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1/4 tsp

For making the batter

  • Corn starch- 1/2 cup
  • All-purpose flour or gluten-free flour- 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Water- 3/4 cup

For frying chicken

  • Oil- enough for deep frying

For making sauce

  • Pineapple juice- 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Chili paste or sambal-oelek- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Corn starch- 1 tbsp

For Stir Frying

  • Sesame oil- 2 tsp
  • Oil used for frying chicken- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped-  1 tbsp
  • Onion- 1, diced
  • Green pepper- 1, diced
  • Red pepper- 1, diced
  • Pineapple diced- 1 cup (use fresh or 1 canned pineapple chunks)
  • Soy Sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Ground black pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks
  • Salt- 1/4 tsp

Instruction

  • If you are using canned pineapple, drain the juice and save the juice- add this juice for making the sauce.
  • I’ve used fresh pineapple, made 1/2 cup juice by pureeing 5 diced pineapple with 1/2 cup water.
  • Season the chicken with the above-mentioned ingredients “for marinating chicken” and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for making the batter, add only enough water to make a thick batter- I’ve added 3/4 cup water.
  • Heat a frying pan and add enough oil to fry the chicken.
  • Coat the chicken in the batter and fry in the oil without crowding them. Fry in batches.
  • Transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for making the sauce.
  • Heat a wok, add sesame oil and oil used for frying chicken.
  • Add ginger and garlic, saute till golden in color.
  • Add onion, saute for a few minutes. Season with salt.
  • Add green pepper and red pepper, stir fry till they turn tender but still crispy.
  • For making Chinese dishes, it’s very important that veggies are not overcooked, it should turn tender at the same time should retain its crispiness.
  • Add the pineapple to the veggies and combine well.
  • Add the fried chicken to the wok and stir fry over high heat along with the pineapple and veggies.
  • Add soy sauce
  • Pour the prepared sauce and stir fry till the sauce thickens about 3 minutes.
  • Stir fry over high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Taste, add salt and ground pepper or sambal oelek if you want this to be hot.
  • Garnish with green onions and combine well.
  • Serve warm along with Jasmine rice or noodles.

Tips:

  • If you are using fresh pineapple, dice the pineapple and also make juice out of it.
  • To make any Chinese dishes more flavorful: Stir-fry chopped ginger and garlic in the oil before adding the veggies or chicken.

 

Pineapple Chicken
 
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Ingredients
For marinating chicken
  • Chicken breast, diced- 2 breasts
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp (low- sodium)
  • Rice vinegar- ½ tbsp
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp
For making the batter
  • Corn starch- ½ cup
  • All-purpose flour or gluten-free flour- ½ cup
  • Baking soda- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Water- ¾ cup
For frying chicken
  • Oil- enough for deep frying
For making sauce
  • Pineapple juice- ½ cup
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Chili paste or sambal-oelek- 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Corn starch- 1 tbsp
For Stir Frying
  • Sesame oil- 2 tsp
  • Oil used for frying chicken- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 1 tbsp
  • Onion- 1, diced
  • Green pepper- 1, diced
  • Red pepper- 1, diced
  • Pineapple diced- 1 cup (use fresh or 1 canned pineapple chunks)
  • Soy Sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Ground black pepper- ½ tsp
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
Instructions
  1. If you are using canned pineapple, drain the juice and save the juice- add this juice for making the sauce.
  2. I've used fresh pineapple, made ½ cup juice by pureeing 5 diced pineapple with ½ cup water.
  3. Season the chicken with the above-mentioned ingredients "for marinating chicken" and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for making the batter, add only enough water to make a thick smooth batter- I've added ¾ cup water.
  5. Heat a frying pan, add enough oil to fry the chicken.
  6. Coat the chicken in the batter and fry in the oil without crowding them. Fry in batches.
  7. Transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel and keep aside.
  8. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for making the sauce.
  9. Heat a wok, add sesame oil and oil used for frying chicken.
  10. Add ginger and garlic, saute till golden in color.
  11. Add onion, saute for a few minutes. Season with salt.
  12. Add green pepper and red pepper, stir fry till they turn tender but still crispy.
  13. For making Chinese dishes, it's very important that veggies are not overcooked, it should turn tender at the same time should remain crisp.
  14. Add the pineapple to the veggies and stir fry.
  15. Add the fried chicken to the wok and stir fry over high heat along with the pineapple and veggies.
  16. Add soy sauce.
  17. Pour the prepared sauce and stir fry till the sauce thickens about 3 minutes.
  18. Stir fry over high heat for 5 minutes till veggies turn slight brown.
  19. Have a taste, add salt and ground pepper or sambal oelek if you want this to be hot.
  20. Garnish with green onions and combine well.
  21. Serve warm along with Jasmine rice or noodles.
Notes
•If you are using fresh pineapple, dice the pineapple and also make juice out of it.
To make any Chinese dishes more flavorful: Stir fry chopped ginger and garlic in the oil before adding the veggies or chicken.

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