Aloha Pineapple Chicken is an easy chicken dinner the whole family will love. With juicy pineapple chunks and chicken covered in a mouthwatering pineapple sauce served over warm rice, this is a perfect easy weeknight dinner. Plus it’s gluten-free and naturally dairy-free too.
I’m always on the look-out for quick and easy family dinner, especially when they’re naturally gluten and dairy-free.
Note: if you and your family do NOT need any diet modifications, you can easily use regular all-purpose flour for this Aloha Pineapple dinner. This chicken dinner only needs that simple flour tweak to make it a gluten-free recipe.
I love that Aloha Chicken is similar to a good stir fry because it is so easy and simple to make, but it’s completely different in its own delicious way.
The true test of this meal was when all my kids gobbled it up and asked for more. It was then that I knew Aloha Pineapple Chicken was truly a winner!
If you have picky kids like mine can be, you understand how wonderful it is to have a meal the whole family loves.
How to Make Aloha Pineapple Chicken:
boneless skinless chicken breast, gluten-free or all-purpose flour, coconut oil, pineapple chunks, cornstarch, honey, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), pepper, salt, cooked rice
Cook your chicken:
You can cook over medium heat in a skillet for a few minutes on each side until cooked through.
Or for faster, no-standing-over-the-stove required, use an Instant Pot!
Time-saving tip: Cook your chicken in an Instant Pot, following the directions. I select the poultry feature for 8-10 minutes (depending on how much chicken I use.)
Shred or cut into pieces.
Put the flour into a gallon-sized zippered bag, add the chicken, seal, and toss to coat.
Drain the pineapple, setting aside some of the juice. Mix the cornstarch and some of the juice in a small bowl until it’s smooth.
Add to the warm skillet. Stir in the honey, soy sauce, and pepper and cook and stir over medium-high heat until it boils.
Cook and stir until your aloha pineapple sauce until it thickens. Add the pineapple chunks and chicken and stir well.
Heat your Aloha Pineapple Chicken until everything is warm to your liking.
While the chicken is cooking, don’t forget to cook some rice. I love using my Instant Pot for fast and no-maintenance rice cooking. Cooking is so much faster and simpler with my Instant Pot. If you’ve debated getting one, do it! They’re amazing.
Serve your delicious Aloha Pineapple Chicken dinner over warm rice.
With juicy pineapple chunks and chicken covered in a mouthwatering pineapple sauce served over warm rice, Aloha Pineapple Chicken is a perfect easy weeknight dinner.
Follow cooking instructions for your rice to prepare while you are making the chicken. I use my Instant Pot.
Cut the chicken into strips. Put the flour into a gallon bag and add the chicken. Shake to coat.
Brown the chicken with the oil over medium heat in a skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes each side or until cooked through and juices are clear. Set the chicken aside.
While the chicken is cooking, drain the pineapple juice and reserve 1/4 cup. (You can discard the remaining juice or drink it.)
Combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup pineapple juice in a small bowl. Add to the skillet after you’ve removed the chicken. Add the honey, soy sauce, and pepper; stir well.
Increase the heat to medium-high and cook and stir. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for another 30-60 seconds or until the juice mixture is thickened.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the pineapple and chicken, heating through.
Serve over rice.
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