Weeknights with Jenny

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: Weeknight dinner, in its highest form.

Pineapple stir fry from Food52

It is very difficult to surprise my children with new dishes. I can slave over the stove for hours on end, and they will barely glance up from an electronic device to say “yeahitsprettygood.”  (The rest of the conversation tends to go like this: “I told you no phones at the table!" “Why is your Blackberry next to your plate, Mom?” “It’s resting!” “Why do you still have a Backberry anyway?” “Don’t you have math homework?," etc.)

But let me just tell you that Spicy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry was a revelation. 

First of all, this is as weeknight as it gets. You are basically making a one-minute marinade in the blender (of course you can use canned pineapple, why did you even ask me?) and then chopping up some chicken breast and letting it bathe all day while you have conversations like this one at work:

“Do you like my new glasses?”

“I do.”

“I think I am going to go on Meet the Press so I can watch the playback to see how they look on TV.” 

Be sure you cut those pieces in a uniform size so they cook evenly. I used a little sesame oil. Throw some broccoli florets in the pan if you want to feel better about yourself. This will all take about five minutes; push the chicken around in the pan to ensure even cooking. Serve over rice. Watch people squeal with delight. 

I do understand that the reason my children went bananas for this dish is because it is sort of emulates gross mall food court fare. But it is actually quite a bit more flavorful and I am guessing a good deal healthier. I am packing the leftovers for everyone’s lunch.

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry by QueenSashy

Serves 4

8 ounces pineapple
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup molasses
3 tablespoons malt vinegar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon sriracha (this will be pretty mild, add more for extra heat)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 pounds chicken, cut into one inch cubes
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Some red pepper flakes (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: jenny, everyday cooking, chicken, stir fry

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about 1 year ago Paul

Great taste. Easy to prepare, even for a rookie cook! Have made it twice already
Thanks, Paul

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about 1 year ago sally

the pineapple juice in the marinade for the spicy pineapple chicken stir fry changes the texture of the chicken and makes it feel a bit weird-almost like velvet Not a good mouth experience.

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about 1 year ago Dariel

I can't get hold of molasses - can I substitute something else?

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about 1 year ago ArtoriusRex

I made this for dinner tonight for my family. We found it a bit heavy and overly sweet, probably from the molasses, even after trying to balance the sauce out with a little extra salt and some Chinese black vinegar. I don't think we'll try it again.

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about 1 year ago hkim

I don't have a food scale so about how much is 8 oz. of pineapple? I'm thinking of using frozen. Also, can I use a substitute a different vinegar and sweetener? I just don't have malt vinegar and molasses in my pantry. Thank you!

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about 1 year ago Panfusine

I'd love to try this dish with Paneer or tofu!

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about 1 year ago paseo

The headnote is as delicious as the recipe

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about 1 year ago Jestei

thank you:)