Gluten Free Living – 2014
Polynesian Chicken is one awesome 30 minute entree! It makes a wonderful chicken dinner and it’s so easy to make too. This lovely Polynesian dish consists of chicken, green and red bell peppers, onions, pineapple and a mango habanero Caribbean sauce. You can also use a pineapple-mango salsa, sauce or chutney. All work wonderfully with this quick and easy recipe. We serve it over hot, cooked brown rice and add a fruit salad. If you need a dinner recipe that’s ready in about 30 minutes, this is the entree for you.
Years ago my husband worked for the Baptist Convention of New England in Northborough, Massachusetts. He had a co-worker whose wife was a marvelous cook. Susan assisted me several times when I catered events for the convention office. She always had delightful recipes that we used on occasion.
Toward the end of our tenure there I began collecting recipes for a Convention cookbook. Even though that cookbook never got published, this recipe from Susan was one of recipes she submitted. She called it “The Recipe.” Apparently, it was one of her husband, Bob’s, favorite recipes before he passed on.
I’ve had this Polynesian Chicken recipe in my cookbook for almost 20 years before FINALLY getting around to making it. 🙁 My husband took one spoonful and thought it was great! This chicken dish is not overly sweet like many sweet and sour chicken recipes are. This one is sweetened by the pineapple and any Caribbean or mango-pineapple sauce, salsa or chutney you use.
It’s nice and light and oh, so easy to whip up. I have two other Hawaiian Chicken recipes that are similar to this one. The first one includes water chestnuts and is in a sweet soy sauce. The second one, Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is made with ketchup instead of tomato sauce and the chicken is actually breaded before frying ahead of time. Polynesian Chicken is lighter in calories and the healthiest option of all three chicken dishes.
If you’re looking for a tasty chicken dish with a Polynesian flair then Polynesian Chicken just might be the recipe you’re looking for. It’s a healthier chicken dish than many filled with canned soups or syrups. It’s also gluten free and dairy free. On top of that, a quick 30-minute dinner meal is just what the doctor orders sometimes when you’re trying to put a decent meal on the table and lack the luxury of a lot of time! This hearty and filling meal is sure to satisfy.
I initially posted this recipe in July 2014. I wasn’t really happy with the pictures. I recently remade this recipe (April 2020) and updated the recipe a little bit. Instead of tomato sauce, I swapped out a Habanero Mango Caribbean sauce. This version had a nice amount of heat. But as I stated earlier, any kind of pineapple-mango chutney or salsa will work if you don’t want any heat. Either way, you’ll love this tasty and delicious entree.
Polynesian Chicken has a tasty sauce that includes bell peppers and pineapple.
I loved how easy this dish was to prepare.
This close up allows you to see the texture of this wonderful chicken dish.
Polynesian Chicken is delicious served over rice. I had the rice cooking from the beginning so it was ready when the chicken was ready. Everything was done in about 30 minutes!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Cut chicken up into bite sized pieces. Fry in oil and soy sauce in skillet.
Turn chicken pieces over and brown on other side.
Add pineapple, diced onion and bell peppers.
Stir to combine. Cook 2-3 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender.
Add Caribbean sauce (or pineapple-mango chutney or salsa). Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Combine cornstarch and water in a measuring cup. Add to chicken mixture. Uncover chicken and cook about 10 minutes longer, or until sauce thickens.
Serve chicken over hot, cooked rice.
This Polynesian Chicken dish is light in calories and not quite as syrupy like many sweet and sour recipes tend to be.
Polynesian Chicken is a fantastic 30-minute main dish meal.
If you enjoy a Polynesian or Caribbean flair to your foods, this entree is scrumptious.
My sauce had some habanero peppers in it so it gave the chicken a little more bite than usual.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe inspired from Susan Brindle, when our husbands worked together at the Baptist Convention of New England, Northborough, MA)
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp. canola oil or coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil (or 3 tbsp. sesame oil)
- 1 tbsp. tamari GF low sodium soy sauce
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 20-oz. can crushed pineapple in juice
- 16-oz. can tomato sauce
- Cut chicken in chunks.
- Heat soy sauce and oils in skillet.
- Lightly brown chicken.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Cover and cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Uncover, and continue to cook approximately 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
- Serve over white rice.
Polynesian Chicken is hearty, filling and satisfying.
This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. It’s healthy as well as being delicious.
Pineapple and Caribbean sauce give this recipe just enough ooomph to make it irresistible.
This mouthwatering entree will have you licking your chops after the first bite!