If you didn’t catch it yesterday on IG, this was my last-minute, “oh dear, we don’t have much food in the house”, dinner. I have become really good at making something out of nothing in the kitchen, and last night was certainly one of those cases.
There was chicken breast in the fridge, and a can of cubed pineapple in the panty…so I decided to throw them together to make up a sweet and spicy chicken! (I would have loved to use a fresh pineapple & juice, but it was 8pm, my stomach was growling and it was what there was to choose from.)
Altogether it took about 45 minutes, and was easy peasy!
LAST-MINUTE SWEET&SPICY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN
2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 Tbsp. lemon pepper
1 can cubed pineapple (or fresh pineapple w/ juice)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 scallion stalks, chopped
1 Tbsp. onion powder
red pepper flakes
1/3 Cup dark-brown sugar
- Lightly coat large frying pan, I used my cast iron, over medium-high heat, with olive oil and lemon pepper. Once heated up throw in the cubed chicken and let cook all the way through, stirring occasionally. When chicken is fully cooked, set aside.
- While chicken is cooking, in a large sauce pan over medium heat begin to saute minced garlic and scallions. Adding in the onion powder, and a few shakes of red pepper flakes.
- This mixture will clump quick, so lower the heat slightly and pour a little bit of pineapple juice (from the can, or fresh!) into mixer, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and stir in the brown sugar, from here you may add sriracha based on your own spicy preference. Finally, dump pineapple cubes into sauce mixture.
- If sauce is not as thick as you would like, stir in a sprinkle of corn starch. Repeat this until you are happy with the thickness….BUT go slow with this process because it can become thick quickly.
- Once you are happy with consistency & taste of your sauce, mix in the cooked chicken and serve it up!
I put this over rice and made some green beans on the side…I tend to make things very spicy so the rice is a good coolant to have underneath or on the side.
Happy cooking! 🙂