Pineapple Chicken Recipe
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Pineapple Chicken Recipe

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I've been making this flavorful recipe since a friend gave it to me 30 years ago. Chunks of sweet pineapple, tender chicken and crunchy water chestnuts are coated in a tasty glaze.—Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 349 calories, 12g fat (0g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 24g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 lean meat, 1 vegetable 2 fruit 1/2 fat


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first six ingredients until smooth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the chicken, pineapple, water chestnuts and ginger; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Chicken in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p20

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Made this for the family and they love it. Our fussy eater even wanted seconds"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Husband and kids love this!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"It takes a lot for me to throw away food, but the flavor of this dish was just awful!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"Absolutely amazing flavor! My husband and I loved it and can't wait to make it again."

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