Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chinese Pineapple Chicken

Looking for a quick, tasty and healthy dinner?  This is it.  The beauty of this recipe is that you can use most vegetables- carrots, squash, onions, celery, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes...

This recipes serves four.


2           whole chicken breasts
1           medium onion
2           stalks celery
1          whole red pepper or 1/2 red and 1/2 yellow
5 oz     can water chestnuts
6          slices fresh pineapple, cut into eighths
1 tbsp  cornstarch
1 tbsp  soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
4 tbsp   grapeseed oil
1/4 cup pineapple juice (or more broth)


Remove meat from bones of chicken. Cut meat, onion,peppers and celery into 3/4" cubes.  Mix cornstarch, soy sauce, salt and chicken broth. Smear chicken with mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon cooking oil in frying pan. Add onion and stir half minute. Add celery and peppers and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons lard or cooking oil. Add chicken meat and cook 2 minutes only (overcooking the diced chicken will ruin the dish). Return vegetables; add pineapple pieces. Stir until heated. Add pineapple syrup or broth. Bring to a boil.  Serve over rice.

I used homemade meatballs in place of the chicken and served them over mashed potatoes.

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