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Pineapple Chicken and Rice Bowl

Pineapple Chicken and Rice Bowl Recipe

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  • Author: Nicole Washington
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Indulge in a tropical paradise with this Pineapple Chicken and Rice Bowl recipe. It’s a quick, easy, and budget-friendly meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights.


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For the Pineapple Glaze:

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small scallion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 c. pineapple juice
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 c. fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 12 oz. frozen mixed bell peppers
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

For the Chicken:

  • 16 oz. chicken tenderloin strips, diced
  • 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Salt and pepper (for seasoning)

For Serving:

  • Cooked white rice
  • Garnish: fresh chopped cilantro


Prepare the Pineapple Glaze:

  1. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add the chopped scallions and minced garlic; sauté until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the frozen bell peppers and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes
  4. Pour in 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice and add 1 cup light brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the chopped fresh pineapple, soy sauce, minced ginger, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
  6. Mix 3 tsp cornstarch with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to form a slurry. Slowly add the slurry to the saucepan, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.

Prepare the Chicken:

  1. Season the diced chicken tenderloin with salt and pepper.


2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and 1 tbsp of cornstarch.

3. Heat 3-4 cups of canola oil in a deep skillet or fryer to 350°F (175°C).

4. Dip the seasoned chicken pieces into the flour mixture, ensuring they are well-coated.

5. Fry the chicken in batches for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove and drain on paper towels.

6. Once the chicken is cooked, add to the thickened pineapple sauce.

Assemble the Bowl:

  1. Place a serving of cooked white rice in each bowl.
  2. Spoon the chicken pineapple glaze with bell peppers over the rice.
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Asian