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. Add some sides and appetizers like veggie fried rice, Asian slaw or cream cheese wontons for a memorable meal.

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.

Pineapple Chicken Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need vegetable oil, chicken thighs, red bell pepper, pineapple, garlic, ginger, pineapple juice, soy sauce, chicken broth, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, sesame seeds, green onions, salt and black pepper.

How Do You make pineapple chicken?

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then add them to the pan. Cook the chicken until it is golden brown. Add the bell peppers and pinapple to the pan, and cook until tender. Next, add ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Place the sauce ingredients in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Add the sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Whisk together the corn starch with cold water, and pour it into the pan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce is thick. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve and enjoy.

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

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • 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 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. Green bell peppers are not as sweet as red, orange and yellow peppers.
  • Hoisin sauce is an Asian condiment that can be purchased in the international foods aisle of most grocery stores.

Quick Tip

Feel free to swap out the chicken thighs for boneless skinless chicken breast.

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

Recipe FAQs

What is the best oil for stir frying?

Choose a flavorless oil that can withstand high heat for stir frying. Some great options include vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil or avocado oil.

What meat goes well with pineapple?

Chicken and pineapple pair well together because the mild flavor of the chicken really lets the sweet, tropical flavor of the pineapple shine through. Pork also pairs well with pineapple.

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Flavor Variations

Pineapple chicken is delicious as-is, but you can easily customize the flavors to suit your taste.

  • Protein: Swap out the chicken thighs for pork tenderloin, thinly sliced flank steak, ground chicken or even shrimp.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add extra vegetables to this recipe. Some great options include onions, mushrooms, broccoli or carrots.
  • Flavorings: Amp up the flavor of the sauce with additions such as sriracha, toasted sesame oil or orange zest.
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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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!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  1. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  2. 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.

Nutrition

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. Very good recipe. I did dredge the chicken pieces in cornstarch before frying them but donโ€™t think I would bother again. I also used more garlic and ginger, a little red pepper flakes an some sriracha sauce and I added peppers, pineapple and broccoli on top just to steam till crisp. It was excellent. Thanks for your recipe

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t have pineapple chunks I had to use crushed pineapple for probably not as good but was still delicious

  3. 5 stars
    I had leftover pineapple glaze from the ham I made and I used that for my sauce in the chicken.
    Unfortunately my friend doesn’t like many vegetables but he does like carrots so I made baby carrots on the side.
    I just scooped some of the chicken mixture over a bed of rice and the carrots on the side.
    It was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹

  4. Trying to make this WW-friendly. Would it be ok to leave the brown sugar out? Would you use anything in its place?

    1. I have not tested this recipe without the sugar, the sugar is there to counterbalance the soy sauce and chicken broth and it accentuates the flavor of the pineapple. So I can’t exactly say how it would taste without the sugar!

  5. 5 stars
    This is really nice everybody loved it. I found if you put some roasted cashews in near the end of cooking it gives it a nice crunch.

  6. 4 stars
    This is tasty after I cut the sugar in half because hoisijn is also sweet. I upped the garlic and ginger but most importantly I added a bit of the sauce to the corn starch instead of water and added only the amount of sauce necessary than ad the slurry. I ended up with exactly 1 cup of sauce left over. This was the 2nd time I made it, the first time I felt the chicken and veg was swimming in sauce. Way too much and I feel very strong about this.