I love pineapple chicken, and it’s breathtakingly easy to make. It only requires four ingredients: Chicken, a can of pineapple tidbits, a green pepper, and some cornstarch.
Fry some sliced chicken until cooked through. Raw chicken is dangerous, so make sure you don’t get sloppy with this step. But don’t worry – it doesn’t take long to cook sliced chicken.
The amount of meat you will use depends on how many people you need to feed. I fed four people with this small amount of chicken. I believe I used two breasts.
Right before the chicken is done, add some sliced green pepper and fry a little bit longer. You could add some chopped onion and a red pepper, if you’d like. It’s completely up to you, and it tastes good, no matter what you decide to add. I like the pepper to remain a little crunchy and bright green, so I don’t fry it very long.
Next, dump the can of pineapple with juice into a sauce pan. Mix a couple of heaping tablespoons of cornstarch and a small amount of cold water in a bowl.
Heat the pineapple until it is boiling. Then, begin pouring the cornstarch mixture into the pineapple at little at a time, stirring constantly. Stop adding the cornstarch mixture as soon as the pineapple sauce gets thick.
Add the pineapple sauce to the meat mix.
Serve on top of rice.
Variations: I’ve made this meal with hamburger, left-over turkey, and pork (left-over pork roast or sliced-up pork chops). It’s a very versatile meal.
Despite what many people think, it’s easy to cook rice well. I’ll show you how to do it with photos another day, but I thought I better give you the directions in this post, since you need rice for this dish.
1. First, determine how much water you will use. The rule is to add twice as much water as raw rice. For instance, if you need to end up with 2 cups of rice, you’ll add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice. If you need to end up with 4 cups of rice, you’ll add 4 cups of water and 2 cups of rice. We use the 2 cups water/1 cup rice combo most of the time.
2. Pour the water into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil.
3. Pour the rice into the boiling water, stir, cover tightly, and turn the heat down to simmer. (This is the lowest heat setting.)
4. Simmer for exactly 14 minutes. DO NOT lift the lid while it is simmering – no matter how tempted you might get. Resist! Resist!
5. Fluff the rice with a fork.