Thai Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

This Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry is bursting with layers of flavor and on your table in 30 minutes!

This quick an easy Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry is a delectable stir fry of chicken and customizable vegetables all smothered in sweet and tangy Red Curry Hoisin Peanut Sauce  – and of course, loaded with juicy pineapple.  Its HUGE on flavor with minimal effort.   Serve this healthy pineapple chicken stir fry over rice, zoodles or cauliflower rice for a weeknight dinner everyone will love!  

 spicy pineapple chicken stir fry in a white bowl garnished with pineapple

Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

This Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry recipe might look familiar because I modified it from my Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps because I am so obsessed with that sweet and savory sauce and now this sauce.  And of course I’m obsessed with fresh pineapple.  And peanuts.  And peanut butter.   So now I am obsessed with this Thai inspired Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry!  And you will be  obsessed with one forkful and giddy once you see how quick and easy it is!

If you’re constantly wondering for “whats for dinner? but don’t want to slave away in the kitchen or eat a bland meal, this Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry is for you.  It is restaurant delicious without all the effort or calories!  It essentially a chicken stir fry with pineapple, bell peppers, carrots, and celery that you cook then add the outrageously delicious sauce at the end to simmer.  How easy is that?  I’ll show you!

healthy pineapple chicken stir fry in a white bowl rice with white chopsticks

What Readers are Saying about Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry:

“When I made the Red Curry Hoisin Sauce I knew I had to double this recipe!!!! It was a good thing I did because this was a huge hit! It was SO good and quick and easy that I’m going to make this for my women’s retreat.” –  Therese

“Tried this on a whim because it looked easy and fast. It was both … and super delicious. Best of all, not only did the hubby and I like it, both kiddos gave it the thumbs up (a rarity). To recap: easy, fast, delicious and the whole family loved it. This baby got saved to the permanent file immediately. Thank you!” – Meredith

“I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, and finally made it tonight! It was so easy to make and sooooo goooood! James said, “I really like the sauce! Where did you get it?” I told him I made the sauce and it was your recipe! 🙂 “- Keiko

“Tried this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The peanut butter adds just the right creaminess to the spices. All of the recipes I have tried so far from your site have been big hits.” – Carrie

How to Make Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Step 1:  Make Stir Fry Sauce

The Stir Fry Sauce is a quick whisking together of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red curry paste, ginger, garlic, basil, Asian chili sauce.   If you aren’t familiar with hoisin sauce, it can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store.

Step 2:  Stir Fry

Stir fry your chicken and red onions just until the outside of the chicken is opaque then add your, bell pepper, carrots and celery and cook an additional 2 minutes.

a collage showing how to make pineapple chicken stir fry by stir frying vegetables, adding stir fry sauce and cooking all togther

Step 3:  Add Sauce

Stir in pineapple and Red Curry Hoisin Sauce and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Taste and add additional sugar for sweeter, lime juice for tangier, Asian hot chili garlic Sauce or sriracha for spicier.

Step 4:  Garnis1. Top with fresh pineapple, crushed peanuts and green onions because it is all about the garnish…and the sauce.

Can I use Canned Pineapple?

Absolutely!  You can use either fresh or canned pineapple in this Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry recipe, as long as it equals ½ cup diced pineapple.

I prefer fresh pineapple, but sometimes that is more expensive and the pineapple is not ripe in time.  Canned pineapple is a great option for convenience so you can make this chicken stir fry any night of the week!

Can I use Chicken Thighs?

Yes!  You can use either chicken breasts or chicken things in this recipe.  I chose chicken breasts because they are leaner and will remain wonderfully juicy as long as they are not overcooked.    You could even swap the chicken for pork.

Can I use Different Vegetables?

This Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry is completely customizable as far as the veggies go.  I chose bell peppers, carrots and celery but it would also be delicious with broccoli, water chestnuts, snap peas, asparagus or zucchini – simply stir fry whatever veggies you have in your fridge!

What Goes with Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry?

We like to serve this Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry with rice along with Potstickers,  Egg Rolls and Wontons.

TIPS FOR MAKING PINEAPPLE CHICKEN STIR FRY

  • Don’t overcook your chicken or it won’t be as juicy.
  • Only use quality hoisin sauce like Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee because they taste far superior.
  • Avoid natural peanut butter in the stir fry sauce because it doesn’t melt as well.
  • You may need to add more or less sugar depending on how sweet your pineapple is.
  • Add Asian Chili Sauce to taste.  You’ll be amazed at how amping up the heat enhances all the other flavors.
  • Garnish, garnish, garnish!  The crushed peanuts add a tasty contrasting crunch.
taking a piece of fresh pineapple chicken stir fry with chopsticks

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30 Minute Pineapple Red Curry Chicken Stir Fry - I am in LOVE with this stir fry! The sweet and tangy sauce with pineapple is absolutely incredible. I seriously was licking my plate! and don't forget the peanuts!

Thai Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

This Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry is bursting with layers of flavor and on your table in 30 minutes! This quick an easy dinner is a delectable stir fry of chicken and customizable vegetables all smothered in sweet and tangy Red Curry Hoisin Peanut Sauce  – and of course, loaded with juicy pineapple.  Its HUGE on flavor with minimal effort.   Serve this healthy pineapple chicken stir fry over rice, zoodles or cauliflower rice for a weeknight dinner everyone will love!  
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Total Time: 25 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins

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Ingredients

Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. uncooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple (I prefer fresh)

Red Curry Hoisin Sauce

Add later:

  • plenty of fresh, chopped pineapple
  • crushed peanuts

Garnish

  • chopped green onion

Instructions

  • Whisk together all of the Red Curry Hoisin Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl EXCEPT the peanut butter. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add red onions and chicken and cook just until outside of chicken is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add pepper, carrots and celery and stir fry for 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in pineapple and Red Curry Hoisin Sauce and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Taste and add additional sugar for sweeter, lime juice for tangier, Asian hot chili garlic Sauce or sriracha for spicier. Top with fresh pineapple, crushed peanuts and green onions. Serve with rice.

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20 Comments

  1. Diana says

    I was so excited when I read this because I love your Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps – that sauce is awesome. Definitely going to make this soon. Thanks for all your recipes Jen, my family always gets excited when I tell them dinner is from “Carlsbad Cravings” 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thank you for such a nice comment Diana, I love hearing that your family loves my recipes – that means the world to me! I hope you love this stir fry too! Have a great weekend!

  2. Old Pops says

    Jen:

    If you don’t have red curry, can you substitute regular yellow curry for the stir fry?

    • Jen says

      You can definitely substitute yellow curry paste for equal amount (won’t have as much heat) but I am not sure about curry powder – you might need to add to taste. Enjoy!

  3. Therese says

    Hi Jen! I’ve had this recipe printed out since June along with many others on my list to try from your blog. When I made the Red Curry Hoisin Sauce I knew I had to double this recipe!!!! It was a good thing I did because this was a huge hit! It was SO good and quick and easy that I’m going to make this for my women’s retreat. I like recipes that have lots of flavor without being labor intensive when on vacation. So this is perfect! I’ll also be making your yummy Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecake 🙂 🙂 🙂 ( for the 7th time ) 🙂

    • Jen says

      I am thrilled this was a huge hit Therese, wahoo! And I agree, this recipe is packed with flavor but is super simple – what a great recipe for your women’s retreat – I hope you have lots of fun! And that is awesome you have made my Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecake so many times – I had no idea – love that!!! Thanks Therese, you are such a ray of sunshine!

  4. Meredith says

    Tried this on a whim because it looked easy and fast. It was both … and super delicious. Best of all, not only did the hubby and I like it, both kiddos gave it the thumbs up (a rarity). To recap: easy, fast, delicious and the whole family loved it. This baby got saved to the permanent file immediately. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      YAY! I love hearing that everyone loved this recipe especially because it is one of my favorites that often gets overlooked. Thanks for taking the time to comment Meredith and make my day!

  5. Keiko says

    Hi Jen,

    I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, and finally made it tonight! It was so easy to make and sooooo goooood! James said, “I really like the sauce! Where did you get it?” I told him I made the sauce and it was your recipe! 🙂 We had a fresh pineapple, but I wonder if we don’t have fresh one, substitute canned pineapple?

    • Jen says

      Hi Keiko, I am so happy you finally got to make this and that it did not disappoint – yay! You can definitely use fresh pinneapple if you don’t have fresh on hand! hope all is well with you and your family!

  6. kazy says

    Should the “plenty of fresh pineapple” be diced as well?

    • Jen says

      Great question, yes, it should be chopped or diced – I’ll edit the recipe. Thanks!

  7. Carrie Perry says

    Tried this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. The peanut butter adds just the right creaminess to the spices. All of the recipes I have tried so far from your site have been big hits.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Carrie, I’m thrilled you’re enjoying my recipes! Can’t go wrong with Thai and peanut butter! I hope you continue to find many new favorites here!

  8. London says

    This was amazing! I love your recipes! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much London! I love hearing you’re loving my recipes!

  9. Katherine says

    Hey Jen!

    I made this last night because my boyfriend loves anything pineapple and this was a definite hit! We added a little more chili but it was great for leftovers as well. I absolutely love your recipes and he knows whenever I cook something from your blog it’ll be a hit!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for your kind words Katherine! I’m honored you’re loving my recipes and so pleased this was another hit!

  10. Linda says

    Great dish. Everyone was impressed. Good flavor, good texture, quick and easy.

    The peanut butter doesn’t overwhelm the dish. Nice subtle addition. Got a little heavy handed with red curry paste but peanut butter mellowed it out.

    Appreciate how precise your recipes are. They always turn out great.
    Thank you!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Lind, thank you for making them and taking time to comment! I’m so pleased everyone enjoyed it!

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