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Pineapple Pepper Chicken

I came up with this recipe years ago by combining a couple of family favorites. Easy and versatile, it's great for potlucks. I can make the sauce ahead and use all wings or leg quarters when they're on sale. This is a welcome entree at senior citizen fellowship dinners. —Phyllis Minter, Wakefield, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 3-1/2 pounds each), cut up
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine first 10 ingredients; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken in oil on all sides.
  • Place chicken in two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Pour sauce over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Add pineapple and green pepper; bake 15 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 483 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 766mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (73g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Aug 30, 2015

    Made a 1/2 recipe. I could have added a few more pieces of chicken due to all of the sauce. Next time I may reduce the sugar by a bit, as others suggested.

  • Joscy
    May 15, 2013

    Having Type ! disbetes makes it impossible to enjoy this chicken. So, that being said, I use only 1/4 of all the ingredients when making this. Also use either boneless/skinless chicken thighs or breasts. OMGoodness, thank you for sharing!! K.

  • simba789456
    Oct 3, 2012

    My family loves this dish!! My husband who never eats leftovers could not wait for the next day to eat it.

  • vewebber58
    Aug 22, 2012

    We liked this recipe a lot, but the sauce is pretty sweet and there is too much of it. I made half the recipe, using half the chicken it called for, plus half the sauce....I didn't pour on all the sauce as it would have been swimming in it. When I make it again, I'll make one fourth the sauce when using only one chicken. I'll also reduce the amount of sugar.

  • kshea
    May 25, 2012

    I always add 2 minced garlic cloves, carrots, and snow peas. Good!

  • anisson
    Jan 24, 2010

    This receipe, for me, was way too sweet. I decreased the white sugar by 1/2 Cup but it was still too sweet. Next time I will cut both the white sugar and the brown sugar in half.

  • stephowens
    Apr 5, 2009

    This has become a family favorite! It is such a great meal to make when having company over. It is wonderful served with the potluck rice pilaf (TOH recipe). We also make this in the dutch ovens when we are camping. WONDERFUL!

  • audracurtis
    Jan 3, 2009

    I made this with boneless skinless chicken breasts - it was a HUGE hit with my friends and family.