Spicy Pineapple Chicken

October 24, 2012 · 16 comments

in asian,chicken/poultry,dairy-free,quick and easy

This dish is (sort of) a riff on a PF Chang’s recipe, but I’ve never actually eaten at PF Chang’s so I can’t tell  you whether or not it compares. What I can tell you is that it doesn’t really matter either way, because I loved it. It’s pretty easy to love a meal with crispy chicken and a spicy-sweet sauce, particularly when it comes together quickly. Toss in any vegetables you want, add some rice, and you have a complete meal.

The chicken gets nice and crispy because it’s dredged in cornstarch and pan-fried in oil. I’m not really into deep frying often, so I just put enough oil on the bottom of a nonstick pan to get the chicken cooked and crisp, without overloading it with fat and grease. Slicing the chicken rather than cutting it into cubes also works better for this, because it takes less time to cook through.

I ended up using Sambal Oelek in this since it’s a staple in our house and I wasn’t really sure what “chili sauce” was, to be honest (My mind conjured up images of the Heinz bottle, but that didn’t seem appropriate in this recipe). It worked really well and gave this dish a nice kick. Obviously, use  more or less to suit your spice preference.

I’m happy to report that this meal will definitely be a repeat in our home.


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Joanne October 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

That sweet spicy sauce sounds like the ultimate glaze! I love takeout/restaurant food at home. :)


Nicole, RD October 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

YUM! This looks delicious!!


Rachel October 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

This looks and sounds so good!! It’s going on my menu right now.


Jen October 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

This was great! As promised, I went home and made this last night. I didn’t have quite enough pineapple juice, so I had to adjust the sauce a bit, but we both still really liked it. Thanks for sharing!


elly October 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

Glad you liked it, Jen!


Beth October 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

This sounds amazing – I love spicy. Can’t wait to try the recipe!


Ivy October 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This sounds so good! I’ ve never tried Sambal Oelek but make a chicken recipe with pineapple which we love.


Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

This sounds really tasty! I like using pineapple in savoury dishes like this!


Erin December 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I made this not long after you first posted it and it has become one of our favorite dinners! I love how the flavors come together so well, and it’s a great weeknight meal.


elly December 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you’re doing well, Erin!


Christina February 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Absolutelty loved this!!! Will be a go to dinner from now on!


elly February 5, 2014 at 6:56 am

Glad to hear it, Christina!


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