Easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken with Rice dripping with flavor and cooked all in the same skillet!
Teriyaki Chicken + pineapple + rice = Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken AKA a match made in heaven. The marinade doubles as the Glaze (no double work) for incredibly juicy chicken with flavor through and through – not just on the surface. The Teriyaki Glaze seeps into the rice for slightly tangy, sweet, teriyaki pineapple rice that perfectly compliments your chicken. It doesn’t get any better.
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
Teriyaki Chicken has to be one of the most beloved Asian foods of all time. Its savory, slightly sweet, and just so satisfying. And even more satisfying when its made with pineapple all in one pot to create Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, my happy place.
In Seattle Washington, they love their teriyaki chicken. In 2010, there were over 83 restaurants with the word teriyaki in it. It became the signature cuisine, in lieu of traditional fast food options.
I am sure they have lots of great variations of teriyaki in Seattle but because we can’t all fly to Seattle when we want teriyaki chicken, I am giddy to bring you THIS Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Recipe bursting with flavor to perfectly compliment your palate, and your busy lifestyle, and your dislike of dishes, and above all, your love of teriyaki chicken, this teriyaki chicken. Happy Teriyaking!
What is Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken?
Teriyaki is used to describe any chicken, beef, fish, etc. marinated in or served with teriyaki sauce. Teriyaki sauce is typically made of soy sauce, sake, sugar and ginger. So essentially, it is a dish, flavor, and sauce all with an interesting history.
The word “Teriyaki” is Japanese, and describes the method of cooking: yaki- means grilled, and teri refers to a shine given from the sugar, so the direct simplistic translation is “shine-grilled.”
Although the word teriyaki is of Japanese origin, teriyaki cooking is actually tied to Hawaiian roots. It is believed that Japanese immigrants in Hawaii used the local foods there and came up with teriyaki, and if you’ve been to a Hawaiian barbecue, you’ll know the deliciousness I’m talking about.
The first Hawaiian/Japanese people used pineapple juice as their sugar and acid to get the shine while Japanese soy sauce remained the main ingredient. So teriyaki chicken has its origins in japan … and Hawaii. It is a blend of two great cultures and one of the best blends of simple ingredients in the world!
WHAT CHICKEN IS BEST FOR Pineapple TERIYAKI CHICKEN?
You have two options when it comes to what chicken you would like to use for this Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken recipe:
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs: are dark meat and therefore inherently juicier and more forgiving as far as cooking time. It is hard to dry out chicken thighs, so although the pictures show chicken breasts, I actually recommend chicken thighs.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts: are leaner but still emerge wonderfully juicy from the marinade. If you use chicken breasts, take care they are pounded to an even thickness so they cook evenly. Chicken breasts vary wildly in size, so adjust cooking time accordingly.
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients and Substitutions
Making Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken at home is EASY and only requires a few pantry staples. You can also customize it to fit YOUR personal preference whether that be more sweet, more savory, or more heat.
Traditional Teriyaki Sauce is equal parts, soy and mirin (a sweet cooking sake) and sugar to taste. Another version of simple teriyaki is equal parts soy sauce to granulated sugar which is what I have used in this Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken recipe.
- chicken: as previously mentioned, you can either use 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4 boneless chicken thighs. I have included cooking times for each in the recipe.
- rice: use long-grain white rice as brown rice will require different cooking times and ratios.
- pineapple: use one 20 oz. can crushed pineapple.
- olive oil: you may substitute with your favorite cooking oil such as avocado oil or coconut oil.
- soy sauce: make sure you use reduced sodium soy sauce or your Teriyaki Chicken will be too salty.
- sugar: is necessary to balance the soy sauce and the vinegar. You may substitute with some honey, or brown sugar but it will create a slightly different flavor profile.
- apple cider vinegar: provides the fruity, tangy balance to the soy sauce. You may substitute with rice wine vinegar or white vinegar if that’s all you have on hand. White vinegar has more acidic than apple cider vinegar, so only use 3 tablespoons.
- garlic: one teaspoon garlic powder will do the trick.
- ginger: adds a warm spicy, almost pepper taste that cuts through the sweetness. You will need 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
- salt and pepper: enhance all of the flavors.
- Sriracha: you can use sriracha or sambal oelek. Use more or less to taste.
How to Make Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
- Whisk marinade ingredients together. To make this irresistibly delicious Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, whisk together your Teriyaki Sauce ingredients of soy sauce, sugar, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, Sriracha and cornstarch and remove some to a freezer bag with your chicken to marinate one hour up to overnight – the longer, the better. The marinade alone makes this chicken super tender and flavorful and allows you to use chicken breasts (although you are welcome to use skinless chicken thighs) without loosing juiciness.
- Reserve remaining marinade for Teriyaki Sauce. The remaining Teriyaki Sauce creates a luscious glaze by simmering it in your pot for a couple minute. You then remove the glaze, brown your moist chicken and then its time for pineapple rice!
- Cook rice with crushed pineapple. Your rice is simmered in a can of crushed pineapple with its juice and water so the rice drinks up the slightly tangy, sweet, pineapple essence, perfectly complimenting the soy based teriyaki chicken which you nestle in your rice to finish cooking, periodically basting with your glaze, so the sticky, flavorful teriyaki glaze seeps further into the drool-worthy chicken and glides down to permeate the rice to create teriyaki pineapple rice. mind. blown.
What to serve with Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken?
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is fantastic served with any sautéed, roasted or grilled veggies you have on hand. Broccoli, snow peas, peppers, are great vegetables to add to make it healthier and well balanced. But don’t stop there, here are some more ideas to spice up your Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken:
- Stir Fry Veggies. You can stir fry any veggies your heart desires from broccoli, to bell peppers, to mushrooms, to carrots, etc. or you can serve with roasted veggies such as Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Broccolini, Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Carrots, Sauteed Brussels Spouts, or Roasted Squash.
- Shortcut Veggies. You an can purchase pre-chopped veggies perfect for stir fries or use a frozen stir-fry blend or steam-in-the-bag microwavable frozen veggies.
- Salad. You can serve Teriyaki Chicken with Crunchy Asian Salad, Chinese Salad, Asian Pineapple Salad or add the chicken directly to the salad to make Teriyaki Chicken Salad.
- Soups: Miso Soup, Thai Noodle Soup, Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Thai Soup
- Fruit: Grilled Pineapple, Summer Fruit Salad, Perfect Fruit Salad, Creamy Grape Salad, Pina Colada Fruit Salad
- Appetizers. For an Asian feast, Teriyaki Chicken is delicious with Wontons, Asian Salad, Potstickers, Wonton Soup and Chinese Chicken Egg Rolls.
IS CHICKEN TERIYAKI HEALTHY?
The chicken in Teriyaki Chicken is very healthy. It is a lean protein which means it doesn’t have very much fat which can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and even lose weight all while helping to sustain your muscles. Chicken is also full of calcium and phosphorous which helps strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of arthritis.
To keep your Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken on the lighter side, make sure to cook it on the stove, grill or in the oven as opposed to deep frying. As far as teriyaki sauce, soy sauce is quite high in sodium so take care to use a low sodium soy sauce.
Looking for More Teriyaki Recipes?
- Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Pear Salsa
- Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Ginger Dressing
- Sweet Chili Teriyaki Chicken
- Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
- Honey Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Sandwich
- Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp, Pineapple and Snap Peas
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