Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and succulent…

Feels like it’s been so long since I’ve posted a recipe on this space. I’ve been very very busy lately, way too many things going on. I know these are just mere excuses, but I really didn’t want to push myself and do everything. It’s good to take some time off from doing certain things that you are passionate about, so that you will feel much more relaxed and motivated to do more. We are having long weekend. When my husband asked me about what to do for long weekend, I just told him that I wanted to relax at home and have some good sleep. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

Pineapple chicken is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. I adore the sweetness and spiciness and mild sourness of this dish. Last week, while talking to my sister she told me that she had made pineapple chicken and she used the recipe from a different website. That’s when I realized that I haven’t posted the recipe for pineapple chicken yet. I know a lot of people who just adore pineapple chicken. So here I am sharing my version of pineapple chicken.

Pineapple Chicken

Ingredients

For marinating chicken

  • Chicken breast, diced- 2 breasts
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar- 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp

For making batter:

  • Corn flour- 1/4 cup
  • All purpose flour or gluten free flour- 1/4 cup
  • Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Ground pepper- 1/8 tsp
  • Water- close to 1/4 cup
For frying chicken
  • Oil- enough for deep frying

Other ingredients

  • Sesame oil- 2 tsp
  • Oil used for frying chicken- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Onion- 1, diced
  • Green pepper- 1, diced
  • Celery- 2 stalks, diced
  • Pineapple diced, canned- 1 can, drained (save the juice)
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks

For making sauce:

  • Pineapple juice from the can- 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Oyster sauce- 1/2 tbsp (optional)
  • Chili paste or sambal oelek- 1/2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp
  • Corn flour- 1 tbsp

Instruction

  • Marinate 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.
  • Heat a frying pan and add enough oil to fry the chicken.
  • Coat the chicken in the batter and fry it 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 it turns golden in color.
  • Add onion, saute for a few minutes.
  • Add green pepper and celery, stir fry till it just turns tender but still crispy.
  • For making Chinese dishes, it’s very important that veggies are not over cooked, it should turn tender at the same time should retain its crispiness.
  • If you are using canned pineapple, drain the juice and save the juice.
  • Add the pineapple to the veggies and combine well.
  • Add the fried chicken to the wok and stir fry it along with the pineapple and veggies.
  • Pour the prepared sauce and stir fry till the sauce thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Taste, add salt and ground pepper or sambal oelek if you want this dish to be more spicy.
  • Garnish with green onions and remove from the heat.
  • 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
 
Ingredients
For marinating chicken
  • Chicken breast, diced- 2 breasts
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar- ½ tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
For making batter
  • Corn flour- ¼ cup
  • All purpose flour or gluten free flour- ¼ cup
  • Baking soda- ½ tsp
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Ground pepper- ⅛ tsp
  • Water- close to ¼ cup
For frying chicken
  • Oil- enough for deep frying
Other ingredients
  • Sesame oil- 2 tsp
  • Oil used for frying chicken- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Onion- 1, diced
  • Green pepper- 1, diced
  • Celery- 2 stalks, diced
  • Pineapple diced, canned- 1 can, drained (save the juice)
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks
For making sauce
  • Pineapple juice from the can- ½ cup
  • Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Oyster sauce- ½ tbsp (optional)
  • Chili paste or sambal oelek- ½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ⅛ to ¼ tsp
  • Corn flour- 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken with the above mentioned ingredients "for marinating chicken" and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for making the batter, add only enough water to make a thick batter.
  3. Heat a frying pan and add enough oil to fry the chicken.
  4. Coat the chicken in the batter and fry it in the oil without crowding them. Fry in batches.
  5. Transfer the fried chicken to a paper towel and keep aside.
  6. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for making the sauce.
  7. Heat a wok, add sesame oil and oil used for frying chicken.
  8. Add ginger and garlic, saute till it turns golden in color.
  9. Add onion, saute for a few minutes.
  10. Add green pepper and celery, stir fry till it just turns tender but still crispy.
  11. For making Chinese dishes, it's very important that veggies are not over cooked, it should turn tender at the same time should retain its crispiness.
  12. If you are using canned pineapple, drain the juice and save the juice.
  13. Add the pineapple to the veggies and combine well.
  14. Add the fried chicken to the wok and stir fry it along with the pineapple and veggies.
  15. Pour the prepared sauce and stir fry till the sauce thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  16. Taste, add salt and ground pepper or sambal oelek if you want this dish to be more spicy.
  17. Garnish with green onions and remove from the heat.
  18. 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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