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Sticky Pineapple Hen – Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary


Juicy items of hen, fried up with peppers, onions and pineapple chunks in a easy, candy and savoury stir-fry sauce.
That is my go-to recipe once I’ve acquired a hankering for a candy and bitter model dinner, however I have never acquired the time to coat and fry up hen items.
The whole lot will get added to the wok in levels so it is simple to prep as you go, with out getting in a fluster.

Tall overhead image of Sticky Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry in a pan. There is a wooden spoon sticking out of the pan.
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It is simple to get caught in a rut with stir-fry sort recipes. I most frequently return to my easy hen stir fry, as a result of it is the one which comes into my head first, however there are such a lot of methods you’ll be able to jazz up a stir fry:

  • Add in warmth with chilli flakes, chilli sauce or recent chillies
  • Swap out greens – mange tout, sugarsnap peas, further advantageous inexperienced beans, tenderstem broccoli, carrots chopped into matchsticks, advantageous asparagus and chopped mushrooms are all good choices that may be stir-fried rapidly.
  • Swap out the protein for pork tenderloin, skinny strips of ribeye steak or go for vegetarian choices akin to quorn strips or marinated tofu.
  • Change the flavour profile by including in Cajun spice, peanut butter or sesame oil (plus a sprinkling of sesame seeds). I might suggest including on one, not all three directly! Though I do surprise how that may style 😁
  • Add fruit – akin to chopped plums (see my hen plum stir fry), strips of mango or like this recipe – chopped pineapple.

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Ingredient for sticky pineapple chicken on a wooden board.

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Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this publish.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP You need to use sliced boneless hen thighs for those who desire. I discover hen breasts rather less fiddly to slice up, so it is faster for me to make use of them on this recipe. The dusting of cornflour on the hen breast items will assist to make sure the hen stays juicy and moist when frying.

Close up of Sticky Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry in a pan, with a wooden spoon being used to stir the chicken.

🍽️ What to serve it with

Overhead image of sticky pineapple chicken stir fry and boiled rice on a dark plate with a fork sticking out. The plate is on a blue-grey background, next to a blue-grey napkin. There is a further plate of stir fry and a bottle of sriracha sauce also in shot.

⬇️ The recipe card with full directions is just under these further recipe strategies.

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Overhead image of Sticky Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry in a pan. There is a wooden spoon sticking out of the pan.

Sticky Pineapple Hen

Sticky Pineapple Hen – Juicy items of hen, fried up with peppers, onions and pineapple chunks in a easy, candy and savoury stir-fry sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time 20 minutes

Complete Time 30 minutes

Course Dinner

Delicacies Chinese language

Servings 4 servings

Energy 377 kcal


  • Place the hen breast chunks in a bowl and sprinkle on the cornflour and salt & pepper. Combine along with your fingers to cowl the hen within the cornflour.

    3 hen breasts, 2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch in USA), pinch of salt and pepper

  • Warmth the oil in a wok or giant frying pan over a excessive warmth.

    3 tbsp oil

  • When the oil is sizzling, add within the hen. Cook dinner on a excessive warmth, transferring the hen round often with a spatula, till the hen is golden on all sides (about 5-6 minutes).

  • Whereas the hen is cooking, make the stir fry sauce by combining the pineapple juice from the tin of pineapple with the brown sugar, soy sauce and the tomato puree in a bowl. Combine collectively and put to 1 facet.

    435 g (15oz) can of chopped pineapple in juice, 2 tbsp delicate brown sugar, 3 tbsp darkish soy sauce, 1 tbsp tomato puree (paste in USA)

  • Add within the onions and peppers to the wok, and fry with the hen for two minutes.

    1 onion, 1 pink bell pepper

  • Add the pineapple chunks, from the tinned pineapple, into the wok and cook dinner for an extra two minutes.

    435 g (15oz) can of chopped pineapple in juice

  • Stir within the garlic and ginger and cook dinner for an extra minute.

    2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger

  • Add the stir fry sauce you made earlier to the wok.

  • Proceed cooking on excessive, permitting the sauce to bubble and cut back down, while stirring often. It ought to take about 5-6 minutes on a medium-high warmth to cut back down and begin making the hen look darker and caramelized.

  • As soon as cooked, flip off the warmth and serve over boiled rice. Sprinkle with coriander and serve.

    Coriander (cilantro), Boiled Rice, Sriracha

✎ Notes

Can I make it forward?
This recipe tastes greatest when cooked and eaten straight away. Nevertheless, you may make it if it’ll assist velocity up time for dinner.
Make forward, then cool and refrigerate in a sealed container (for as much as a day).
Reheat by heating a tablespoon of oil in a wok, over a medium warmth, then including the pineapple hen to the wok. Transfer it across the pan usually, utilizing a spatula, till piping sizzling all through. It should take about 10 minutes to warmth via.
You could want so as to add a splash of water to loosen it up slightly when reheating.

Can I freeze it?
I do not suggest freezing this recipe because the peppers and onions are more likely to go slightly soggy.

Ingredient swaps

  • Swap the hen for chopped pork tenderloin items, or go vegetarian and swap for quorn items.
  • Add in further greens – mange tout (snow peas), roughly chopped spring onion, mushrooms, asparagus and tenderstem broccoli items all work properly and have an identical cooking time to the peppers.
  • Add 1 tsp chilli flakes or 1-2 chopped recent chillies or 1-2 tsp sriracha for a spicy kick.
  • Add ready-cooked egg noodles on the finish and cook dinner for an extra 2 minutes (till piping sizzling) for a pineapple hen noodle stir fry. Saves having to cook dinner rice to go together with it!

Learn how to scale up and scale down this recipe
You’ll be able to double or halve this recipe, sticking to the identical ingredient ratios. If doubling, it’ll take longer for the hen, greens and sauce to cook dinner (add approx 5-7 minutes to the cooking time altogether).
Dietary Data is per serving, not together with serving suggestion of boiled rice, coriander and sriracha.


Energy: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 31gFats: 14gSaturated Fats: 2gPolyunsaturated Fats: 4gMonounsaturated Fats: 8gTrans Fats: 0.1gLdl cholesterol: 84mgSodium: 914mgPotassium: 784mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 1046IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

Key phrases simple dinner, Takeout

This recipe was first posted July 2015. Up to date Might 2023 with new images, video, further element within the directions and a little bit of housekeeping.

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