Healthier Hawaiian Chicken made with baked pineapple and bell pepper is light and hearty meal! Full of tropical flavors it’s perfectly served over white rice.
Hawaiian Chicken makes for a great main course with its juicy meat and tropical sauce. This traditional recipe is a great example of a sweet and sour dish.
Firstly, the meat which is tossed and marinated in a mixture of fresh pineapple juice is just flawless. I can’t seem to get enough of it and that’s coming from someone who has tasted a lot of dishes. Also, the sweet and tangy pineapple sauce is a great compliment to the chicken breasts. You will love this recipe, and is so much better than the takeout!
In addition, while I usually cut the meat into bite-sized pieces, you can still choose to cook it using whole parts. Cutting it into tidbits is great when throwing a huge party while using whole parts is perfect for a fancy dinner.
Either way, this Baked Hawaiian Chicken with pineapple recipe will never disappoint you. Transport your friends and family on a trip to tropical beaches with this very straightforward recipe.
How long do you marinate chicken breasts?
It doesn’t take much time to fully marinate chicken breasts. When whole, you can let it soak up the marinade mixture for about two hours.
As such, cutting it into tinier pieces or removing the skin makes it even faster to marinade. Therefore, as little as 15 minutes will be enough to properly marinate the chicken.
How do you make Baked Hawaiian Chicken?
- Prepare baking pan and oven. Before anything else, make sure to preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Also, prepare a baking dish and coat it with cooking spray.
- Prep the coating. Next, place cornstarch and eggs in separate bowls. Then, whisk the eggs until combined. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Dip the meat in the cornstarch and then the eggs. Make sure to coat evenly.
- Cook. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Pour vegetable oil and when properly hot, cook the chicken. Don’t place all pieces in one batch. Try to leave some space in between the pieces and cook until golden-brown on all sides.
- Combine the sauce ingredients. In another large bowl, combine the following ingredients: pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, lime zest, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, cornstarch, chopped red bell pepper, and pineapple tidbits.
- Bake. Once the meat is done, place it in the prepared baking pan. Pour the sauce evenly and top it with bell peppers and pineapple. Bake for an hour.
- Serve. Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Afterward, serve.
How to make crockpot Hawaiian Chicken?
If you don’t have access to an oven, using a slow cooker is the next best thing. Here are the easy recipe steps:
- Over medium-high heat, in a large skillet add the sliced chicken breasts. Then, sear until golden brown
- Transfer the meat into a slow cooker pot, and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Lastly, cover the lid and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 7-8 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, simply whisk in the cornstarch mixture, and then cook for additional 30 minutes.
- Serve it warm over a bowl of white rice.
Feel free to check the detailed Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken recipe here.
What to serve with Hawaiian chicken with pineapple?
How to store leftovers?
- Refrigerate: First, cool leftovers at room temperature. Then, transfer them to an airtight container, and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: Use a freezer-safe container. Then, transfer the dish and ensure it is properly sealed. It can stay frozen for up to 3 months.
- Reheat: You can reheat leftovers in the microwave for a few minutes, or pop them in the preheated oven at 350 degrees F, and heat them up till warm.
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- This recipe calls for baked chicken. However, aside from baking, you can also grill the meat. It makes for a great cookout option. However, you should marinate the meat with the sauce mixture for at least two hours before putting it on the grill.
- When cooking in oil, make sure that it is just at least done. You don’t have to make it super well done as it will also be roasted in the oven.
- Also, you can mix in other veggies. Some great addition would be broccoli, green peas, carrots, etc.
- Feel free to use your favorite seasoning instead. Italian seasoning, garlic powder, chili powder are good alternatives.
- In addition, you can use fresh or canned pineapple chunks or tidbits.
- During busy weekdays, try making this Instant Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken.
Healthier Hawaiian Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless - cut into 1-inch cubes)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 3 large eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup pineapple juice (use from the pineapple can)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 lime (zested)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits (drained)
- Green onions (chopped)
- Sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Add chicken to a large bowl and season it with salt and pepper.
- Place cornstarch in a large bowl, and eggs in another medium bowl.
- Dip seasoned chicken pieces in cornstarch to coat, then coat in eggs.
- Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil.
- Once the oil is hot, cook coated chicken, in batches so you don't over-crowd pan, until golden-brown on all sides.
- Once cooked, place the chicken in the prepared baking dish.
- In a medium bowl whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over the chicken.
- Distribute the chopped bell pepper and pineapple evenly on top of the chicken.
- Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring the mixture a few times.
- Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve over rice, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.