Baked or stir-fried Pineapple Ginger Chicken smothered in sticky sweet pineapple sauce with a ginger Sriracha kick that is WAY better than takeout. This might just become your favorite meal – ever.
Since I started blogging last year, I have discovered the best and hardest part for me are the food pictures. “Best” because I now love taking pictures (its been quite the learning curve from never picking up a nice camera before – evidence in all my early pics). “Worst” because I have to look at the pics and then I get hungry.
Guys, like I’m hungry all the time.
Or maybe hungry isn’t the best word – I am craving all the time. I’m usually craving whatever I am posting next because as I sit here and decide what pictures to post, and relive the flavors of every bite so I can try and describe them (but never do them justice) – my mouth begins to water and my belly begins to yearn. Yearn for Sticky Pineapple Ginger Chicken.
Another thing about being a food blogger is we are always concocting and perfecting new recipes so once they get photographed and posted, its onto something new because the weeks keep coming and we need to keep posting. Its always a bittersweet “goodbye” of deliciousness. But not this time. Not you Sticky Pineapple Ginger Chicken, I just love you too much to part!
– And this is when I proceeded to stop writing and make my Pineapple Ginger Chicken – again –
Hello gorgeous. I missed you.
It felt so freeing to feed my cravings. My cravings for sticky sweet pineapple sauce concocted of tropical pineapple juice, pineapple preserves, soy sauce, sweet brown sugar, tangy red wine vinegar, garlic and a kick of ginger and sriracha. I love this sauce. I love this sauce smothering every nook and cranny of baked chicken breaded in spiced flour with ginger, paprika, garlic and onion so every bite is an explosion of tropical flavor paradise. Far better than any restaurant as far as my critic is concerned. I agree with my critic on this one.
I used my traditional preparation method of breading and baking chicken for tender, flavorful crispy morsels BUT the aforementioned time I interrupted this post to make it, I stir fried the chicken after shaking in some cornstarch and the spices instead. The chicken doesn’t get crispy, but it is still out-of-this-world nestled in a soft spiced breading. So if you are short on time or patience, I recommend the stir fry method which I have also included in the recipe instructions. Either. way, just make this chicken. LOVE this chicken. Repeat. Repeat often so I can live vicariously through you. Aaaannd you can live vicariously through me for all the recipe posts you haven’t made yet. Win. Win. And even bigger win when you make this chicken.
Sticky Pineapple Ginger Chicken. Don’t keep her waiting.
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, pounded thin, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 eggs (skip if stir frying)**
- 2 tablespoons water (skip if stir frying)**
- nonstick cooking spray (skip if stir frying)**
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (may sub. olive oil)
- 1 cup flour (replace with 1/2 cup cornstarch if stir frying)**
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Pineapple Ginger Sauce
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons pineapple preserves
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 teaspoons sriracha/Asian hot red chili sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy cleanup) and place a cooking rack on top; lightly spray cooking rack with cooking spray (if you don’t have a cooking rack, you can place chicken directly on foil that has been greased).
- In a large bowl, whisk 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons water together. Combine Chicken Breading ingredients in large freezer bag. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg wash, let excess drip off (dabbing with paper towel if necessary) then place chicken in the flour mixture and shake until evenly coated. Evenly space chicken on cooking rack and lightly spray chicken with cooking spray.**
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes then move baking sheet 8-10 inches away from broiler and broil to desired crispiness (approximately 5-10 minutes). For extra crispiness, flip chicken over and broil the other side of chicken to desired crispiness, being careful not to burn chicken.
- While the chicken is baking, heat 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil/olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds. Add the remaining Pineapple Ginger Sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens (approximately 3 minutes). Taste and add additional Sriracha if desired.
- In a large bowl, toss baked chicken with Pineapple Ginger Sauce using a spatula until evenly coated. Serve with rice.
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