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Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki with Broccoli

I have seen variations of this recipe on Buzzfeed, Facebook and Pinterest. I love the idea of serving teriyaki chicken with rice in a pineapple bowl; I think it looks incredibly festive and yummy.

For me, however, the recipes associated fall flat. They don’t have enough flavor, and none that I have seen include any vegetables. And some just used the pineapple for the bowl alone, and left the fruit out of the recipe entirely! So I punched up my version with garlic, onion, broccoli, fish sauce, kecap manis, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and included the pineapple flesh. 

The result is a flavorful, sweet, lightly sour and slightly spicy chicken teriyaki full of fruit and vegetables served in a creative and fun way. Try it for your next date night and wow your significant other- don’t forget the fortune cookies!

1 large pineapple, pineapple flesh cut into 1/2 chunks
1 tablespoon high heat, flavorless oil like canola, vegetable, grapeseed, etc
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon kecap manis
2 garlic cloves, minced
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 sweet onion, cut into slices
1 head of broccoli, cut into floret pieces, 1/2 inch
2 tablespoons corn starch mixed into a slurry with 3 tablespoons water
sesame seeds and rice, for serving

Cut the pineapple in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh of each half, leaving enough to make sure the pineapple bowls are sturdy. 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, another 30 seconds. Add the chicken and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the sesame oil, vinegar, pineapple, broccoli, soy sauce, fish sauce, kecap manis, brown sugar and honey. Cook for 8minutes until the broccoli is softened, and the chicken is cooked. Add the corn starch slurry and cook and the sauce is thickened.

To serve, add rice to one half of the pineapple boat, and the chicken in the other half. Sprinkle over sesame seeds and enjoy!


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