Monday, 18 February 2013

Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

Menu planning has got to be one of the most difficult jobs to do. Everyday, I have to think of dishes that are not only nutritious, delicious, easy to cook and suits everyone's taste buds - really not an easy task. Sometimes, I would actually serve the same dish for dinner weekly because I'm out of ideas. 

This Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry at Skinny Taste was one of those recipes that I am thankful for because it's a delicious one-dish meal with protein, vegetables and fruit all in! The best part is that its easy to whip up, definitely great for busy days when one needs to prepare dinner in a hurry. 

This Thai inspired stir fry of colorful bell peppers, fresh pineapple and chicken is a lovely combination of savory, sweet and spicy. I have never used pineapples in savoury dishes before and I loved the refreshing sweetness it added to the dish. 

I didn't have any of the Thai Chilli sauce that was recommended by the recipe so I used the Maggie Sweet Chilli Sauce and cut down on the amount. The dish was just a little spicy and my entire family gave it the thumbs up.

Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry (Serves 4)
Recipe from here

  • 1 lb (453 g) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp Thai Kitchen fish sauce (I used low sodium fish sauce)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp oil, divided
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 cups cubed assorted colors bell peppers (I cut into strips)
  • 1 red chili pepper, chopped (optional or to taste)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (I used 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Pineapple & Chili dipping sauce (I used 1/4 cup Maggie chilli sauce)
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Mix chicken and fish sauce in medium bowl. Add cornstarch; toss to evenly coat. Set aside.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic and
  • ginger; stir fry 30 seconds. Add bell peppers, chili pepper if using and pineapple; stir fry 3 to 5 minutes or until peppers are tender-crisp. Add sauce; cook and stir until heated through. Remove from skillet.
  • Heat remaining oil in the skillet. Add chicken; stir fry 5 minutes or until cooked through. Return bell pepper mixture to skillet; stir fry until well blended. Garnish with cilantro.
I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover. 

I am submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #28: Chicken Feast (February 2013) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker. See details HERE.

This is for Made with Love Mondays by Javelin Warrior

This is for Little Thumbs Up hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY.


  1. Hi Mich, Happy Chinese New Year to you & your family too. This year I didn't buy any pineapple during the festival. A friend gave me a gigantic sarawak pineapple. Still unable to finish it. haha.... Better brings me some 'ong ong ong' before the end of the 15th lunar. :o) I'm sure you had a great time.
    Best wishese, Kristy (hugs))

  2. Nice dish Mich! I just made Thai sweet and sour pork last week too, the flavours are really nice. I will try this when my kids are older and can take some spicy food :)

  3. This Thai Chicken looks great and delicious.
    I am same with you too. Sometimes, I'm also out of ideas on what to cook for the children because their are so picky.
    Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

  4. So true, Mich and I ended up cooking the similar dishes every weekdays, haha! Like this dish!

  5. This is the time when there are plenty of pineapples around the house, great for dishes like this:D Delicious and healthy, yum!

  6. This looks delicious! And a delicious idea to double up on the pineapples!

  7. This looks like the chicken version of sweet sour pork. Would like to invite you to join AB this month of Chicken Feast!

  8. Mmm there are some lovely flavours and textures in ths dish and so quick too.

  9. This dish is really appetizing and salivating. I love this savoury flavour a lot.

  10. That looks appetizing , Mich ! Love the flavor and texture in this dish .

  11. I find meal planning super difficult as well but important when I'm trying to save money and cut a few calories. This looks like a fabulous weeknight dish to whip up in a hurry and healthy as well!

  12. Wow, Mich! That looks so delicious! Definitely great with lots of rice :)

  13. Normally I'm the only one fish the pineapple in savory dish. Kids and hubby dislike fruits in dishes :D This easy sweet sour dish with pineapples definitely suite my liking. Love it!

  14. Hi Mich! Yes, this sounds like a yummy and healthy dish that goes well with rice. Kids will love this.

  15. This makes a lovely meal indeed: nutritious and refreshing. Pineapple gives a nice touch to this dish. I think my children would love something like this!

  16. OOh, yum! I LOVE stir fry, and I'm dying to try this one out!

  17. Hi Mich,

    I remember Yen has a pork of this dish too. I always love to eat pineapple in Thai stir-fry... Yum!


  18. I love fun and easy dishes that you can get on the table in less than 30 minutes. I am in the process of making all of my homemade chili sauces including one from a Thai sweet chili sauce, so stay tuned. Take care, BAM

  19. LOVE chicken and pineapple together. So underrated! x

  20. I love sweet and spicy together, especially with chicken - this sounds wonderful and I love the use of peppers with the chicken. I've never head of pineapple and chile dipping sauce before - I assume it's similar to chili sauce...? Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Mich, just wanted to let you know my boss at the company I consult for told me she found this recipe via Made with Love Mondays and was so inspired, she went out and bought all the ingredients and gave it a try. She said she loved it and I just wanted to pass that along :) Thanks again for sharing!

  21. Love this recipe Mich look delicious!!

  22. Hi Mich! This dish looks really easy and delicious! I think I have a bottle of the Thai chilli sauce somewhere, got to whip this dish up soon ;)

  23. Hi Mich, this dish look so inviting and irresistible. Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe.

    Have a great week ahead,regards.

  24. Gong Xi Gong Xi ! this dish need to go with a lot of rice, yummy!

  25. Meat, veggies, and fruits in one dish, and this is my favorite food, Thai food! I'll have a bowl of rice and I would be so happy to have this for lunch or dinner!

  26. Oooo unusual :) I like it! Tyler would like this one. I'll pencil it in for midweek dinners. I guess I could sub in some of my new 'quorn' chicken :)