This pineapple chicken is a stir fry of chicken, pineapple and vegetables all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. Serve this Chinese style pineapple chicken over rice for an easy dinner that everyone will love!

In the mood for something tropical for dinner? Try some pineapple chicken with sauteed chicken thighs, chunks of fresh pineapple and crisp red bell peppers. You can have this easy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Pineapple chicken stir fry in a skillet, topped with sauce, sesame seeds and green onions.

I’m constantly searching for easy chicken dinners that my whole family will love, and I’m happy to say that this quick and easy pineapple chicken is always a huge hit! It’s essentially a chicken stir fry with the addition of juicy pineapple, and the sauce is also infused with pineapple flavor. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation when you serve this dish for dinner.

How to make pineapple chicken

The basis of this dish is chicken thighs, pineapple and red bell peppers. These ingredients are sauteed to golden brown, then flavored with garlic and ginger and tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. Add some rice on the side, and you’ve got a complete meal. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can even serve this dinner in a hollowed out pineapple for a fun presentation.

A skillet of cooked chicken, pineapple and red bell peppers.

You can use either fresh or canned pineapple here, but I wouldn’t recommend frozen pineapple. If you use a can of pineapple, be sure to reserve the juice to use in the sauce. I use a red bell pepper here because it adds flavor and crunch, but you could use a different colored pepper if you prefer. A yellow or orange pepper tastes the same as a red pepper if you’ve got one of those on hand. Sometimes I also add a little chopped onion for extra flavor.

A skillet of pineapple chicken with a wooden spatula in it.

I like to make this dish with chicken thighs because it’s more traditional, and the dark meat chicken adds a little bit of richness to the recipe. If you’re a white meat fan, you can absolutely use cut up chicken breasts in lieu of the thighs.

I finish this dish with sesame seeds and green onions, but if you don’t have those garnishes on hand, don’t even worry about it. You can omit those finishing touches and still end up with a fabulous meal.

A skillet of pineapple chicken with chunks of chicken, pineapple and bell peppers..

I typically put a pot of rice on the stove at the same time as I start cooking my pineapple chicken, that way everything is done at the same time. Pineapple chicken with rice is really a complete meal as is, because you’ve got fruit, vegetables, protein and your starch. That being said, sometimes I add a side of steamed broccoli, because I don’t think it’s possible to eat too many green veggies!

Pineapple chicken stir fry over rice served inside half a pineapple.

While serving this meal inside a pineapple is clearly optional, it’s also super impressive and not a lot of work to pull off. It’s a great one to serve to company, or just to make a weeknight dinner feel a little more special.

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4.98 from 152 votes

Pineapple Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Pineapple chicken stir fry in a skillet, topped with sauce, sesame seeds and green onions.
This pineapple chicken is a stir fry of chicken, pineapple and vegetables all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. Serve this Chinese style pineapple chicken over rice for an easy dinner that everyone will love!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded. cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or canned
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and add to the pan.
  • Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through. 
  • Add the red bell pepper and pineapple to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce, chicken broth, hoisin sauce and brown sugar.
  • Add the sauce mixture to the pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Mix the corn starch with 1 tablespoon of cold water; stir until smooth.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 55.7mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Easy. Had all of the ingredients on hand (except pineapple juice used oj instead) and my husband loved it!! Was also able to make it WW friendly for me & added some extra spice for my husband. Will definitely be making this again!

  2. 5 stars
    This is delicious. I’ve made it 3 times. The last time I added extra garlic and ginger, onions and red pepper flakes. The recipe makes a large amount of sauce but I’d rather have too much than too little. Served it over white rice with steamed broccoli on the side. Yummy.

  3. Just a wonderful recipe. I have made this many times. No one turns down this dish. Used an orange, red and white bell peppers and a small white onion.. Fresh pineapple
    (1\2). Yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious thank you !! I served it over steamed rice in the pineapple that I cut in half and cleaned out . So yummy:)

  5. 5 stars
    After making this recipe – and receiving many compliments from my son and grandson, I’ve added it to our family cookbook – with the website address attached of course. The only change I would make is less liquid and brown the chicken very well. It was delicious! But, as I have discovered, many recipes from Dinner at the Zoo are so very yummy! Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! I had only red bell pepper, no green so to boost the veggies I added thinly sliced carrots to the browning chicken. The taste was so fragrant, tart, sweet…a lovely summer dinner, served with Basmari rice.

  7. 5 stars
    Amazing flavors, quick and easy. I did add an extra 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and used coconut aminos. Served with rice and steamed broccoli.

  8. 5 stars
    What a delicious recipe. We loved it. I did velvet the chicken to make sure it would be tender and seared it in my wok first. Then I removed it from the pan. I then made the recipe minus the chicken . After the vegetables and sauce were cooked according to the recipe I then briefly added the chicken back in. It was so tender that I would do it the same way again. Served with cashews , green onions and sesame seeds. WONDERFUL!
    Served over long grain rice.

  9. 5 stars
    SO good! Finally a recipe with enough flavour. I didn’t have chicken broth so I replaced it with water and still turned out great. Definitely remaking this one.

  10. If I were to elect to double the sauce, which ingredients would I double and which would I leave as originally mentioned?

    1. I’d double everything except the soy sauce and hoisin sauce so that it doesn’t get overly salty!

  11. 5 stars
    It’s a keeper! Made it on my plug-in induction burner and my plug-in induction wok, which means it took a long time, no fault of the recipe, and it still came out ~delicious~. A+!

  12. Absolutely wonderful recipe. I didn’t have some of the ingredients so
    Improvised and it still came out tasting wonderful. I have 1 question. For the nutrition values, what is the reference quantity (per serving, or some other quantity? Thank you.