This Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli was just the meal that my palate needed. After getting back from a long day out and about running errands, I just knew that I had to have something quick and delicious to serve to my family and eat for myself. That is how my very own Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli recipe was born. I am so glad I made this delicious dish that night.
Now, I have tried pineapple chicken before, but have never made it myself. In addition to never trying pineapple chicken, I also have never tried Pineapple Chicken and Broccoli. Boy, was it good. I served it over some precooked wild rice, which I highly, highly recommend. I think this dish will also be good with mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes as well. Heating up rice with this dish was the most simple thing for me to do this particular night.
Now, there are a few steps involved such as cutting, chopping, blending, seasoning and sautéing. However, these steps are quick and worth the effort. The meal sounds intricate, but it is actually pretty simple. It tastes so good that you would not even be able to tell just how simple it was to make.
For this meal, the simple ingredients I used were: a whole pineapple, a whole large chicken breast that I cut up into chunks, reduced-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. To prep the pineapple, I took off the skin, cored it and cut it up into bite sized chunks. I used half of the pineapple chunks to cook with the chicken and half to blend up with other ingredients to use for the sauce. I did not get that creative the night I made this meal, but if you are up for it, you should pick up an extra pineapple from the store, and serve the pineapple chicken and broccoli with some rice inside a hollowed out pineapple.
The sauce for this dish consisted of half of the blended pineapple, brown sugar and reduced sodium soy sauce. The sauce gave the dish just the right amount of sweetness. This dish also had a wonderful crunch. It is important to not over cook the broccoli and pineapple which is why I added them after I cooked the chicken. Over cooking the broccoli and pineapple will cause them to become soggy. In my humble opinion, it ruins the meal when the textures are not just right and do not marry each other well. Although this dish was crunchy enough for me, if you like nuts, you might enjoy adding some cashews to this dish. Just add in some raw unsalted cashews right in the pan when you add the broccoli and pineapple. It will taste wonderful with the sweet pineapple sauce.
The sauce was then added to the chicken, broccoli and pineapple all in the pan together. It was then well tossed so it could be well coated. By the time the sauce got added, everything was cooked. So, the pineapple sauce was simply being warmed up so it could stick to the chicken chunks, broccoli florets and pineapple chunks. I hope you find this recipe easy, fun and delicious! Enjoy!