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Easy Pineapple Chicken (One Pot)

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Quick and easy pineapple chicken recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot and just 30 minutes on stovetop.

Easy Pineapple Chicken Recipe

This simple weeknight meal is sweet and tangy with a subtle spicy kick. It’s so easy to make and packs so much flavor. Compared to other recipes, this would be considered a slightly healthier version since the chicken is not fried.

I also have a slow cooker version of Crockpot Pineapple Chicken that you should also check out. Both of these recipes pair well with Coconut Rice (One Pot). There is something about the combination of pineapple and coconut that sets my mouth to watering every time.

Key ingredients

  • Oil– For best results, use sesame oil and olive oil.
  • Chicken– Use boneless, cut into cubes.
  • Garlic– Brings a great flavor combination.
  • Ginger– Be sure it is fresh, minced.
  • Onion– White are best for this recipe.
  • Green pepper- Get one that is sweet and crisp.
  • Pineapple and juice- You can use canned or fresh.
  • Soy sauce- Low sodium is recommended.
  • Chicken broth- Adds flavor, color, and moisture.
  • Hoisin sauce- Brings in a sweet and tangy taste.
  • Brown sugar- This has a slightly different flavor than granulated sugar.
  • Cornstarch– Helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Salt and pepper- Adjust according to personal taste.
  • Red chili flakes– Used as a garnish.


  • Some other garnish ideas– Include finely chopped green onions, cilantro, or roasted sesame seeds.
  • Use other chicken options- Such as chicken breasts or drumsticks. It can be shredded, baked, or grilled.
  • Teriyaki version- Just add 1/4 cup of Teriyaki sauce for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Add BBQ sauce- To spice things up a bit, simply add 1/4 cup to the recipe.
  • Make a marinade- Mix all the ingredients together in a Ziploc bag to make a marinade. It’s great for grilling outside or baking in the oven too.
  • Stir fry- Add more vegetables and saute everything together. Serve over rice.
  • Make Kabobs- Marinate the chicken and place on skewers with various vegetables. Place on the grill and enjoy. Grilled pineapple is always a hit.

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

How to make sweet chicken

  1. Saute chicken- In hot oil until golden brown.
  2. Add in– Garlic, ginger, onions, green pepper, and pineapples and cook until tender.
  3. Mix in- The pineapple juice, soy sauce, broth, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cornstarch.
  4. Simmer until liquid is reduced- Then sprinkle with red chili flakes.

What to serve with Hawaiian chicken

Tips and techniques

  • Use a non-stick pan– To prevent burning and sticking.
  • Adjust the amount of spices– Especially red chili flakes, to your preference.
  • Use whatever vegetables you like– I only used onions and green peppers.
  • Both fresh or canned pineapple– Can be used in this recipe.
  • This tastes best– When served over boiled rice or even fried rice.
  • Use low sodium broth and soy sauce- To prevent your dish from being overly salty.
  • To avoid lumpy sauce- Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tbsp water before adding it to the pot. 
Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Recipe FAQs

Is Hoisin sauce the same as soy sauce?

Though both soy sauce and Hoisin sauce are dark in color, the latter is more thick in consistency with a sweet and tangy in flavor as opposed to its salty, soy-based counterpart. Both are used in Asian cuisine.

What cut of chicken to use? 

You can use various types, including whole chicken, chicken breast, cubed chicken, thighs, or drumsticks.


  • Make ahead– You can make this beforehand and place it in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month. Thaw and reheat before serving.
  • Refrigerate– Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • Freeze– Store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat– Place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until warmed through or place in a pot and heat on the stove.

Other One Pot Chicken Recipes:

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Easy One Pot Pineapple Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy pineapple chicken recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot and just 30 minutes on stovetop. This simple weeknight meal is sweet and tangy with a subtle spicy kick.
Yield: 4



  • Add oil in a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.

  • Add chicken and saute until golden brown.
  • Add garlic, ginger, onions, green pepper, pineapples and cook for about 4 minutes until the pepper and pineapples are tender. 
  • Add pineapple juice, soy sauce, broth, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cornstarch and mix everything together. 
    Tip: To avoid cornstarch from forming lumps, dissolve it in 2 tbsp water and then, add that into pan.  
  • Let everything cook for a few more minutes until liquid is reduced and the sauce becomes thick. 
  • Sprinkle with red chili flakes and enjoy! 


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 



Calories: 351kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1309mg, Potassium: 693mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 930IU, Vitamin C: 65.8mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Calories: 351
Author: Abeer

8 comments on “Easy Pineapple Chicken (One Pot)”

  1. GAH I love this one pot easy meal! Totally making it this week. 

  2. One pot meals are so handy! I love the Asian flavors you have used! Sounds great.

  3. I love the idea of throwing this on the grill too! Thanks!!

  4. What a great combination of flavors. I will be adding this to my must make menu.

  5. This looks really good for dinner any night of the week!

  6. I bet this tastes really good! Perfect dinner for summer nights!

  7. Obsessed with this!! Can’t wait to try it! 

  8. Made this last night. Absolutely wonderful. I added extra veggies like broccoli, thinly sliced carrots and mushrooms. Better than anything you can get at a chinese restaurant

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