Pineapple Chicken Recipe

We be serving our Pineapple Chicken Recipe on Rice Pilaf.

Sweet and colorful, this is a family party favorite, especially with kids. Have lots of fun with garnishing!

Using a chafing dish, we’ll bake rice, enough to fill half of the pan, following our recipe.

Then, after the chicken is finished, we’ll put it right on top of the cooked rice, and serve. In the chafer, the rice will add moisture and wonderful taste to the chicken.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 24 people.
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Ingredients for Pineapple Chicken Recipe

24 boneless, skinless, split chicken breasts
Oil for frying
Garlic Powder
8 cups of seasoned breadcrumbs
8 eggs

Marinade:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 ounces lemon extract
4 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper

Sauce:

2 cup chicken stock, canned is fine
3 cups pineapple juice
1 ounce lemon extract
1 onions, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 stick butter

Garnish:

2 cans pineapple rings
1 jar maraschino cherries, no stems
1 fresh pineapple

Directions for Pineapple Chicken Recipe

1 days before the party, combine all the marinade ingredients. Refrigerate.

Either cut the chicken breasts into 1” pieces (better for a stand up buffet party because it’s easy for your party guests to eat,) or, leave them as is (better when your guests can ‘knife and fork it.‘)

Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl, pour in the marinade, and mix it all around the chicken very well. Make sure the chicken is covered in the marinade, or use another kind of dish, or plastic bag(s.) Return to the refrigerator overnight.

The day of your party, follow our rice pilaf recipe, cutting the ingredients in half. Prep as directed , and place in the food pan of your chafing dish, and bake at 400° for 1+ hour, covered tightly in foil.

When the rice is nearly done baking, begin the chicken. Set up your largest frying pan on the stove with some olive oil heating. Sprinkle garlic power on the chicken, then put the bread crumbs in a mixing bowl. Put the eggs in another bowl and beat. Dip the chicken into the egg and toss into the breadcrumbs about as many pieces of chicken pieces that will fit into your frying pan. In the hot pan, brown the chicken, flipping them over. This should take just a few minutes.

Put the browned chicken onto a cooking sheet covered with foil and put it into the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Check a couple of pieces with your thermometer - you’re looking for 165° . When you get to that temp, cover the chicken with foil and set near the stove to keep warm.

Meanwhile, start another batch in your frying pan. Keep frying, baking, and covering cooked chicken.

The rice should be done by now. Remove it from the oven, open the foil, give it a stir, and put the cooked chicken pieces on top of the rice. Cover with foil.

Using the same frying pan, heat up the stick of butter and saute the chopped onion until clear. Add the flour, stirring constantly until your have a oniony paste. Add the other sauce ingredients and stir until slightly thickened. If it gets too thick, add a little stock. Pour it over the chicken in the chafing dish.

The garnish is the fun part for this dish - we cut the top off from the fresh pineapple and insert it right into one of the corners of the chafing dish. We cover the dish with the rings of pineapple and put cherries in the holes of each ring. Then we cut sticks of fresh pineapple and put them in, around or near the chafer - whichever works better for your buffet table.

Add juice to thin the sauce if needed as the party progresses. And remember to check the water level under the food in the chafer. If you need to add more, always add boiling water.

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