Pineapple Curry Chicken Recipe
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Pineapple Curry Chicken Recipe

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Curry has a moderate to strong flavor, so add it early in the cooking process for good balance with pineapple, coconut and ginger. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed (12 ounces each)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • Toasted flaked coconut, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without rice and coconut) equals 470 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 152 mg cholesterol, 641 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 59 g protein.


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup juice. Place the chicken, beans, vegetables and pineapple in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in the sugar, curry powder, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, lime juice, pepper flakes and reserved juice; pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with rice; sprinkle with basil and, if desired, coconut. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Curry Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p29

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 Mar. 30, 2016

"We very much enjoyed this dish and will be making again. Great flavor combinations with the chicken, red pepper, pineapple, garbanzo beans, coconut milk, curry, carrots. May add eggplant next time too! We did add a bit more salt and some cayenne pepper to the pot to kick it up a bit. Fantastic weekend meal, as it's a crockpot dish. But classy enough for guests! A keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"Very easy and flavorful. The chicken was very tender and had just the right sweetness. I had to sub out the chickpeas for white beans but it turned out perfect for a Friday supper."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Curry and pineapple is a great mix. I changed it up a little for my own taste. Slow cooker'd it. 1 onion, cup of mushroom sliced, half red pepper sliced thrown in the pan cooked down with coconut milk, blackened chicken put in slow cooker, pour veggies and coconut milk over chicken, add parsley, tsp coriander, tsp cumin, tsp nutmeg quarter cup curry powder, clove of garlic mashed then diced,salt pepper to taste. Cooked on high for 2 hours, browned pineapple in pan added it with fresh unbrowned pineapple. serve on rice noodle. Delicious"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"The next time I make this I will reduce the liquid - as it's consistency wasn't as thick as I like. I will also add more curry."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I loved the blend of flavors. Delish!! and my kids ate it right up."

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