Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Hawaiian Chicken

July 11, 2013Teresa

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Hawaiian Chicken is a heavenly, polynesian-style dish that’s amazing! Lots of chicken, pineapple, green peppers, onions and water chestnuts in a delicious sweet soy sauce mixture. Serve Hawaiian Chicken over rice and you are in for a fabulous treat. This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. It’s also loaded with taste! It doesn’t take too long to prepare either — about a half hour, so it’s good to get your rice cooking right away.

Back in 1979 some friends of ours from church had us over for dinner one night and Bonnie served this wonderful dish. They had just eaten this same dish at Chuck and Kathy Waldorf’s home about two weeks prior – and so we’ve just kept on passing this delicious chicken recipe to others over the years. Back in 1979, grocery stores didn’t sell boneless, skinless, chicken breasts like they do now. We had to cut the meat off the bone ourselves! It is so much easier purchasing the meat for this recipe nowadays!

If you’re in the mood for a delectable chicken entree, then consider trying out my Hawaiian Chicken recipe sometime soon. It’s terrific. It’s great for summer fare when you don’t want to heat up your oven and because this only takes about a half hour your stove top isn’t going too long either.

When I initially posted this recipe in July 2013, I wasn’t very happy with my pictures. It was late in the day and the sun was hanging low in the sky. It caused the colors to be really off and tinged more yellow and orange than I like. I recently remade this recipe (May 2017) for friends in our care group. We host several families every Friday night for dinner, Bible study and prayer. I decided to give this tasty recipe a whirl and it was very well received. I think you’ll enjoy it too.

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Hawaiian Chicken is a wonderful Polynesian-style main dish recipe. The nice thing about Hawaiian Chicken for those with food allergies is this entree is both gluten free and dairy free.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

We serve this dish over plump, whole grain brown rice or basmati rice.  Hawaiian Chicken is an elegant dish to serve company, but we like it for family dinners, too.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

This recipe serves 6 easily. The sauce in Hawaiian chicken is savory due to the soy sauce and chicken stock, and sweet due to the pineapple, pineapple juice, and brown sugar. It’s a wonderful blend of flavors.

Here’s what I did.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

I used these ingredients.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Cut four to six boneless, skinless chicken breasts down into bite-sized pieces. Dredge chicken pieces in cornstarch. The recipe originally called for 1/4 cup. I know I used at least 1 full cup plus some, in order to get all the meat dredged properly! 

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Heat oil in extra large skillet or sauteuse pan. (I love using enameled cast iron). Place chicken pieces in hot oil and saute 7-10 minutes over medium heat until chicken pieces are cooked through. Using a lid may help to cook the chicken pieces through more quickly. You will have to stir frequently to prevent chicken from sticking.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Meanwhile, make sauce: Pour the contents of a can of pineapple chunks and juice into a mixing bowl. Add water chestnuts. Add soy sauce, heaping tablespoonfuls of brown sugar, chicken stock and salt and stir ingredients to combine.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Meanwhile, Cut onions and bell peppers into strips. Once chicken has cooked add red and green pepper strips and onion strips.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Stir to combine and saute about 5 minutes.

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Add pineapple, soy sauce, water chestnut mixture and cook until sauce thickens. 

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Saute until all the veggies are cooked and the sauce is thickened – 10 minutes or so. 

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Here’s a serving of Hawaiian Chicken. 

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Hawaiian Chicken is filled with bell peppers, onions, pineapples and water chestnuts to provide great crunch, texture, and flavors. 

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

This is an easy meal to whip up during summer days because you don’t have to use your oven! It also takes only about 30-40 minutes making it really convenient for weekday dinners.

Here’s the recipe.

HAWAIIAN CHICKEN

(Recipe given to me by Bonnie Rodriguez, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)

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Amazing Polynesian style chicken main dish with peppers, pineapple and water chestnuts in a tasty soy sauce. Serve with hot, cooked rice.
Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Roll chicken in cornstarch.
  3. Heat oil, add chicken.
  4. Cook quickly until meat is opaque.
  5. Add red and green bell peppers and onion strips.
  6. Stir and cook 3 minutes.
  7. Combine stock, salt, soy sauce, pineapple, water chestnuts and brown sugar.
  8. Cook until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve over rice.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the sauce thickens too much, you can add up to an additional cup of water or chicken stock to dilute some.

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[b]Hawaiian Chicken[/b]
Recipe Type: Chicken Main Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Bonnie Rodriguez, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Amazing Polynesian style chicken main dish with peppers, pineapple and water chestnuts in a tasty soy sauce. Serve with hot, cooked rice.
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless
  • about 1 cup cornstarch (more or less to adequately dredge the chicken pieces)
  • 3-4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. chicken stock or 1 chicken bouillon cube (I used 2 tsp. chicken bouillon)
  • 1 green pepper, cut in squares or strips
  • 1 can pineapple chunks in syrup
  • 1 medium onion, cut in thin strips
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 heaping tablespoonfuls brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Roll chicken in cornstarch.
  3. Heat oil, add chicken.
  4. Cook quickly until meat is opaque.
  5. Add green pepper and onion strips.
  6. Stir and cook 3 minutes.
  7. Combine stock, salt, soy sauce, pineapple, water chestnuts and brown sugar.
  8. Cook until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve over rice.
Notes
Because I drained the water chestnuts, I added an extra cup of water in the recipe because the sauce thickened up in about a minute! Then I let the sauce cook until thick again – about 5-10 minutes longer.
Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

This delicious chicken dinner can be made up fairly quickly. It takes longer to cook the rice than the main dish!

Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree

Serve Hawaiian Chicken with chopsticks! It’s a great way to teach your kids dexterity.

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Hawaiian Chicken BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Amazing Polynesian style chicken main dish with peppers, pineapple and water chestnuts in a tasty soy sauce. Serve with hot, cooked rice.
Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Hawaiian Chicken | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this quick & easy #chicken dish has always been one of our favorites. It takes only about 30 minutes to prepare making it great for week night meals. #pineapple #Hawaiian #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Roll chicken in cornstarch.
  3. Heat oil, add chicken.
  4. Cook quickly until meat is opaque.
  5. Add red and green bell peppers and onion strips.
  6. Stir and cook 3 minutes.
  7. Combine stock, salt, soy sauce, pineapple, water chestnuts and brown sugar.
  8. Cook until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Serve over rice.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the sauce thickens too much, you can add up to an additional cup of water or chicken stock to dilute some.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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