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A simple summery 30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice. Quick-cooking chicken tossed in a sweet and salty pineapple soy sauce marinade with pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Chili flakes are added for a slight spicy kick, but the coconut rice balances everything out. Serve this tropical pineapple chicken with plenty of fresh pineapple salsa and creamy avocado. Every bite is spicy-sweet, and the salsa on top adds a juicy, summery bite. It’s delicious, healthy, and so darn easy. Perfect for busy weeknights.

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This is one of those recipes where I just love how easily it came together and how fresh it tastes. I know summer is all about stone fruit, berries and tomatoes, but pineapple and mangos often get overlooked. And lets be real, we all know I have a real sweet spot for fresh pineapple.

I love snacking on it and I love using it in savory dishes to create layers of flavor and color within my recipes.

And you know? I love cooking with what I have on hand, which is exactly what I did with this chicken. It started out as more of a Hawaiian style pineapple chicken, but it ended up have a bit of a Jamaican flair to it.

It’s unusual and unique, but so delicious and I’m pretty excited with how this turned out. It’s easy, made in one skillet, and just so flavorful. And then there’s coconut rice too…all the (good) things I love.

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The process

First up, the sauce. It’s where all the flavor lies within this recipe. It’s a pineapple and soy sauce base with brown sugar and ketchup for sweetness (very Hawaiian). Plus garlic, shallots, and ginger, for some tang and kick. I also added some chili flakes for a little bit of spicy heat.

Next, toss the chicken with a little of the sauce, then let the chicken marinate for a few minutes. If time allows, you can marinate the chicken overnight for encore flavor…plus more tender pieces of chicken too.

While the chicken marinates, I like to toss together the salsa. This is where the Jamaican flair comes into play. I toss fresh pineapple chunks with lime juice, shallots, jalapeño, and some fresh thyme too.

The thyme might sound odd, but it’s heavily used in Jamaican jerk dishes that often feature fresh pineapple. I love the switch from the usual cilantro to the thyme. Its such a nice light flavor that really pairs so wonderfully with the pineapple and the salty-sweet chicken.

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Before you begin with the chicken, I start a quick batch of coconut rice. It’s my absolute favorite side dish with this type of chicken dinner. Creamy with a very subtle sweetness and coconut flavor.

Now, pan-fry the chicken until both sides have cooked through. Then pour in the remaining pineapple soy sauce mix, and let it simmer down and caramelize over the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked. Stir in some fresh cilantro.

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Now, put it all together

Serve the chicken over the coconut rice. Then grab that salsa and spoon it over the chicken. Add fresh diced avocado and a squeeze of lime juice.

And you guys…that’s it. This takes 30 minutes to make and it’s not only delicious but fun too!

30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other quick summer dinners? Here are some favorites:

Rosemary Peach Chicken in White Wine Pan Sauce

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

3 Cheese Zucchini “Ravioli” with Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

Lastly, if you make this 30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

 

30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 299 kcal

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Ingredients

Pineapple Salsa

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded (if desired) and chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 avocado, diced

Instructions

  • 1. In a glass jar, whisk together the soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, shallots, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of chili flakes. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken and let sit 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
    2. Meanwhile, make the salsa: combine all ingredients in bowl.
    3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, cook 5 minutes until cooked through on both sides. Reduce the heat to medium and pour in the remaining soy sauce mix. Cook until the sauce glazes the chicken and begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
    4. Serve the chicken over rice and spoon the salsa over the chicken. Sprinkle on the diced avocado and a squeeze of lime.

Notes

Coconut Rice: Combine 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot. Bring to a low boil. Add 1 cup basmati rice and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine, cover, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook 10 minutes on low, then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit, covered for another 15-20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!). Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had friends over for dinner last week and they absolutely loved this. We are coming up to summer in Australia and I will be making this a lot.

    1. Hey Philippa,
      Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    You can purchase powdered coconut milk cheap in packets I just added some of that to my rice and water! Look in Asian stores or Amazon for ackets. I use those in coconut curry chicken as well. Save $ same effect and long shelf life! Great recipe I skipped jalapeños added finger limes to salsa yum

    1. Hey Kat,
      Sure, cauliflower would work well here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. The cauliflower worked perfectly! I also added shredded carrots and mushrooms (frig clean out). I also grilled the pineapple for the salsa and omitted avocado. The marinade and salsa are amazing. My new favorite meal!

  3. 5 stars
    The taste of this is UNREAL. love the rich creaminess of that coconut rice too! Thanks for saving dinner again, Tiegan! Made this and your peanut butter ramen dish for meals this week. You rock!

    1. Hey Jane,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I was in a big hurry after work but have been wanting to make this for two weeks, so cheated a little bit with Whole Foods mango and pineapple salsa and didn’t dice my chicken cutlets. But even my lazy version was a hit! Coconut milk is my new favorite ingredient thanks to your recipes

    1. 5 stars
      This meal is amazing! My boyfriend gave it a 10/10. Definitely feels very easy to throw together and is quickly becoming a staple meal in our home. Thank you!!

    1. Hey Phyllis,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    This was absolutely amazing! My entire family loved the flavor combo of the sweet, salty and mildly spicy. I doubled the coconut rice because I knew it would be a big hit with my 3-year old. I could also eat that pineapple salsa ALL DAY LONG!

    1. Hey Amy,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Sooooo good, the family loved it! Didn’t have a cast iron pan this time, but I think it definitely makes a difference. Will try that way next time.

  7. 5 stars
    10/10, all the flavors meld so well together. Forgot the jalapeño for the salsa so added some spicy honey and extra red pepper and it was great.

    Tieghan – question about cast iron. I have a Lodge 12in skillet that is non-enameled, and so far it seems to be working fine. Is it worth investing in an enameled skillet??

    1. Hey Elisa,
      Wonderful! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving the recipe a try!! I do love my enameled Staub, but if the Lodge is working well for you that’s fantastic!! xTieghan

  8. Was really excited about this recipe but the sauce didn’t caramelize at all. I followed all the steps with the exception of using a cast iron because I don’t have one. It would be helpful if the cast iron is essential for a step in the recipe for there to be an alternative option so that my dish doesn’t come out poorly because of something I can’t control.

    1. Hey Diana,
      Sorry you had some issues here. Next time, try adding a little cornstarch to your sauce, this should help. xTieghan

  9. 4 stars
    Made this for the first time and thought it was pretty good. It did take awhile for the sauce to thicken up and I ended up removing the chicken to prevent it from being overcooked. I would recommend reading the instructions first before just looking at the ingredients list as I did not, and I ended up using all the lime juice in the salsa and didn’t have any leftover for that final squeeze. I also added the avocado to the salsa instead of at the end because it was listed in the salsa section. Totally not a big deal, but I was just got off guard. My chicken didn’t turn out as beautiful as the picture and looked more like a microwave meal, until I added all the toppings, but it certainly was tasty and I will make it again.

    1. 5 stars
      Pretty easy to make and turned out even more delicious than I hoped for! And the coconut rice pairs perfectly! A big hit in our house 🙂

      1. Hey Kat,
        Fantastic! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Jen,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Keely,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    This was delicious! My husband and I substituted the ketchup for sriracha ketchup, but may even do gochujang in the future for days we want it really hot! We also added 1 tbsp to the marinade because it just felt like it needed a little something to us. We loved this so much! Loved the combination of flavors! 😄

    1. Hey Kaley,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! ☀️xTieghan

        1. Hey Zach,
          So sorry to hear this. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help. xTieghan

  11. Oh my goodness, this was delicious! I marinated the chicken over night and made the salsa ahead of time. I didn’t have access to fresh pineapple so I used canned and drained well. I cooked it in a cast iron skillet and it was amazing. And don’t skip that coconut rice. Love your recipes!

    1. Hey Ammiee,
      Awesome! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    This was a fantastic recipe. I normally wouldn’t pick something with pineapple but it was great! We all loved it. Coconut rice was fantastic too. I will make it again, for sure! I might add a blistered green bean next time for some veg.

    1. Hey Amy,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    2. The longer description mentions that the remaining pineapple go on the chicken. The directions, however only show it going in the salsa. How much for salsa?

      1. Hey Barbara,
        The recipe calls for 2 cups of pineapple. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    Made this for my Daughter’s fam tonight! It was great and they LOVED it! Just wish I’d doubled the marinade/sauce!

    1. Hey Kate,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    “This is a keeper…..everything is delicious” as quoted by my husband. My chicken also did not caramelize but I used my cast iron stir fry skillet, crowded the pan and I don’t think the oil was hot enough. Next time I will use my regular cast iron. I added cashews to the dish. Love it.

    1. Hey Laura,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Rachel,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Tami,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! I find my cast iron skillet helps to caramelize and it is key not to overcrowd your pan. xTieghan

    1. Hey Annie,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  15. Yummy!! This was so fantastic. (I didn’t use a cast iron skillet) This was so saucy and the coconut rice was bomb! This makes some flavorful meal prep for lunches!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

  16. 4 stars
    My chicken did not caramelize either, but I didn’t use a cast iron skillet. I might want to try again but with thighs so its less dry. The coconut rice was just perfect!
    thanks!

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! The cast iron really helps to caramelize my chicken, also it is key not to overcrowd your pan. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jillian,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I find my cast iron skillet really hopes with this process, also it is important not to overcrowd your pan. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  17. 4 stars
    I’ve made this a few times and it’s made me happy each time. Super easy and delicious. My kids loved it. Definitely need to put the rice on first (didn’t see a reminder in the recipe steps).

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

        1. Hey Sonia,
          Wonderful! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        All I can say is WOW! This recipe was so good! It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory. I prepped everything the night before and let the chicken marinade overnight. It was so easy to make for dinner the next night and it was a big hit. My chicken took a bit longer to caramelized but it was worth the wait. The coconut rice was outstanding and the pineapple salsa was delicious. I’m already looking forward to making this again. Thank you for such a yummy recipe. It is definitely going to become a regular meal at our house.

        1. Hey Leann,
          Wonderful! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  18. Thank you so much for this recipe! My picky kids liked it and so did their friend who unexpectedly dropped by for dinner. I actually tried a vegetarian version substituting you and it wasn’t nearly as good. Any ideas for a better substitute? Or should I just let it marinate longer?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Alicia,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! Sorry what did you use as your vegetarian substitute? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        Sorry- my phone autocorrected what I wrote. I tried a firm tofu version (the original chicken was great). Thanks!

        1. Hey Alicia,
          Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Just made this and, well, I would have taken a photo but my plate is erm… empty. Absolutely fabulous recipe as always 🙂 Thanks Tieghan 😊

  20. 3 stars
    Further to my comments on August 5th, had the leftovers today. Re-did the pineapple salsa with sweeter pineapple, omitted the thyme, added less lime juice and a little salt, better. Maybe could add a little sugar to this? I think next time I would grill the chicken on the BBQ.

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Yes, jasmine rice will also work well for you here! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  21. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I left out the spice so my toddler eat too and it was appreciated all around! Love the sauce and coconut rice! Will definitely be making again!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed. Have a great weekend☀️ xTieghan

  22. 2 stars
    This recipe was ok. My pineapple was not as sweet as it should have been (bought in rings and cut up), that was part of the problem. Not sure thyme goes with pineapple? I found the salsa very tart with the lime juice. The rice did take more time to cook with the coconut milk but it did work. Thanks.

  23. The chicken and pineapple was delicious but the rice never cooked. It took over 2 hours and the rice was still soupy and crunchy. We finally gave up and ate it but I would rather just make plain rice (2 cups water, 1 cup rice, 20 min and then off). I will try again.

    1. Hey Nicola,
      So sorry to hear this, the recipe for the rice is how I cook my rice everyday, so I am not sure what could have gone wrong! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    This was delicious! It’s definitely going in our line up menu. I didn’t have pineapple juice or chicken breast, so I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and I processed enough pineapple to make a “juice” from that. I recommend the marinade for at least 5 hours for full flavor. My “bite size” pieces were about as big as my thumb from the last joint to the tip. It was done 10 min. before the rice was done, but I think the chicken was extra tender after resting. Thanks!!

    1. Hey Janet,
      Awesome! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  25. 5 stars
    So delicious! Thank you!

    How do you get your chicken to look so crispy and caramelized? Any tips? 🙂

    Not specific to this recipe but I feel like my chicken looks not as appetizing at the end.

    1. Hey Adam,
      Awesome! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed!! To caramelize my chicken, it is key not to overcrowd the pan, also I like using cast iron for my dishes. xTieghan

    1. Hey Kate,
      Awesome! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  26. 4 stars
    Hi Tieghan! My family LOVES your recipes, you’re a staple name in this house around dinnertime!

    However, I seem to struggle with your recipes that include caramelizing the proteins. I seem to always end up with beige meat and too much liquidy sauce despite letting it simmer down for longer than your recipe calls for (which ends up probably overcooking the meat). I’m very sure it is user error–any suggestions?

    1. Hey Sarah,
      So sorry to hear this! The key is to not overcrowd your pans, otherwise you are really just steaming you food. I also love using my cast iron skillet, I find this gives me the best caramelization. I hope this helps!! xTieghan

  27. This was delicious! I can’t ever seem to make things as quickly as you can but this required minimal clean-up and everything was done within an hour! I made a delicious mistake and mixed my avocado straight into my salsa. Highly recommend.

    1. Hey Emma,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Laura,
      Sure that would work, you would just want to do the sauce on the stove top. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Not one bit of chicken left over. Even my kids gave it a thumbs up, which means it is here to stay on our family table. I just love the way you combine ingredients and flavors to give these dishes that special something. Thank you so much for sharing your love of cooking with us.

    1. Hey Jeannine,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was a hit with everyone, including my 1.5 and 6 year old daughters! My husband said “Can you make this every week? Actually, every night?” A new staple in the rotation, thanks for the excellent recipe!

    1. Hey Jen,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Marie,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    Amazing combination of different flavors! Sooo good! I have a soy allergy so I used coconut aminos. The coconut rice is outstanding. Going to add to our dinner rotation! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

    1. Hey Linds,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  31. Chicken is marinating, salsa is ready and I cannot wait to try this dish! I love everything I’ve made from your webpage! I think this will be a family favorite.

  32. 5 stars
    So yummy! And I didn’t even add all the extras the recipe called for! Basically made the rice, marinated the chicken, and then topped with fresh pineapple. Just didn’t have the time or ingredients to make the complete salsa and didn’t have fresh cilantro, but I can only imagine how those flavors would have elevated the dish! All of our kids loved this meal too (just used a touch of the red pepper flakes so it wouldn’t be too spicy). I’m looking forward to making this again with ALL the ingredients but I will also be adding my “simple version” to our rotation often!
    Also, made the coconut rice, which was so easy!!

    1. Hey Madeline,
      Happy Monday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Christine,
      Happy Monday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

  33. Ahh the coconut rice (coconut milk) isn’t included in the ingredients so I missed it! I’m sure it will be delicious anyway, thank you!

  34. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I only had like a teaspoon of soy sauce so I subbed in Worcestershire sauce instead and it was still yummy!

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Happy Sunday! It’s so great to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I appreciate you taking the time to make it! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    Easy to make, delicious! The chicken was perfectly carmelized and the pineapple salsa went well with this dish.

    1. Hey Therese,
      Happy Friday! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    Tieghan. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. You have become the only place I turn to for recipes and ideas. Thank you for you fantastic palate and site.
    This recipe was delicious. My only comment. You say the chicken can marinate overnight. Won’t the acidic pineapple juice “cook” the chicken and make it mealy if it marinates that long?

    1. Hey Mark,
      Happy Friday! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! That really shouldn’t be an issue here:) xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    Just made this, and both my husband and I loved it. All the herbs! 😋 We are going to try mixing the salsa in the sauce next time.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Friday! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! xTieghan

    2. 3 stars
      I seem to struggle with Asian chicken dishes just not living up to my expectations. The dish was okay. Just won’t save it to make again. I still love trying new recipes and will continue to try tons of yours. Thank you Tieghan!

      1. Hey Melissa,
        Sorry you did not enjoy this recipe, please let me know if I can help in anyway for next time! xTieghan

  38. Can the rice be cooked in a rice steamer?
    If so, any changes?
    I am terrible at making rice on the stove.
    Thanks

    1. Hey Susie,
      Sorry, I have never used a rice cooker, so I am unsure of those results. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    2. I make coconut rice (this recipe from Half Baked Harvest: Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas with Pineapple Slaw + Coconut Rice) in the rice cooker and it works great!
      I find it is best to mix it up right before starting the cooker rather than setting it up ahead on a timer as the coconut milk tends to settle.

  39. 5 stars
    This was soooo good!! Marinated it all day and the flavor of the chicken was insane. I tweaked a little and cooked the chicken in two batches so I didn’t overcrowd the pan and then removed chicken and added/reduced the sauce down before adding the chicken back in to achieve the sticky effect you had. The coconut rice and salsa were perfect compliments. Def adding to our rotation!

    1. Hey Annie,
      Happy Friday! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! xTieghan

    1. Hey Karen,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  40. 5 stars
    Another winner!! Thank you so much for this! You’ve introduced me to how amazing fresh thyme is and how versatile it is. This I would 100% make again!

    1. Hey Autumn,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  41. 5 stars
    OMG!!! This was a Home Run! I subbed in tofu for the chicken & marinated it for about an hour at room temp. So good!

    1. Hey Dale,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Is there a reason you don’t want to do this on the stove top? You could try the oven, but I would not recommend the air fryer. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  42. 5 stars
    This recipe is one that we will be making for years to come! We omitted the jalapeño and red pepper flakes due to toddler eaters who don’t do spicy and the dish was still bursting with flavor! I made it this week and it’s in our meal plan for next week too!

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Wonderful! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Nadia,
      Happy Wednesday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Barb,
      Happy Wednesday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

  43. 5 stars
    I made it as instructed, and it was delicious! My husband loved it too. Next time I make it, I’ll be cutting the pineapple into smaller chunks ( I cut mine too big for my taste ); otherwise, this was a great summer meal. I’ve made several of your meals, and none have disappointed. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hey Andrea,
      Happy Wednesday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

  44. 5 stars
    Gotta say, pretty darn delicious!! We enjoyed this recipe a lot. The pineapple salsa totally puts this over the top. It turned out perfectly for me. Thanks!

    1. Hey John,
      Happy Wednesday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Happy Wednesday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xTieghan

  45. 3 stars
    flavors were great and overall enjoyed this meal. that said, I had a similar issue to others where the marinade never really carmealized and I just had a ton of liquid in the pan at the end. eventually just had to give up and take it off the heat as I didn’t want to overcook the chicken.

    1. Hey Olivia,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, it is key not to overcrowd your pan, you can also use some cornstarch to help thicken the sauce. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hey Paddy,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

  46. I forgot to get pineapple juice and lime. I put some pineapple in my smoothie blender for a pureed juice. I wonder if this may be the reason my sauce was weird looking and did not carmelize. It tastes great!!! I bet the carmelization that I could not achieve would have created a more depth of flavor. I see from reading the comments, I also should not have crowded my pan. I considered pulling out my wok. Now, I wish I had. I will do pineapple juice the next time. . .but I don’t think I really miss the lime.

    Thanks Tieghan!!! I love your recipes!!! You always seem to use flavor combos and fresh ingredients that make cooking fun and delish!!!

    I wish you had a restaurant chain. I so want to taste the recipes I try made by the expert; because, while my version usually tastes great. . .I know yours most likely tastes way better!!!! And there are some recipes I know I’ll never try. . .but if I could get them out. . .I’d try them all!!!!

    1. Hey Eunice,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

  47. 5 stars
    I just made it and it was so good! The chicken, rice and salsa, each had lots of flavour and they were a great combination as well. Thanks:)

    1. Hey there,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Susan,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

  48. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Prepped all the ingredients late morning and cooked around 5:00p.m. the chicken has amazing flavor and the rice.. 🤤🤤

    1. Hey Danielle,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) xTieghan

    2. This was a hit recipe. I think I’m going to use chicken thighs next time and chop them into smaller pieces. Thank you!

      1. Hey Eunice,
        Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  49. 5 stars
    Excellent but with some major tweaks!! Need a cast iron pan for caramelization. If you don’t achieve the thickness and caramelization of sauce then take the chicken out and reduce the sauce by itself. If youre making this for a family of 4 you will probably have to do 2 pan batches to get caramelization properly.

    1. Hey Adura,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed:) Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. xTieghan

  50. Would another type of protein work in this recipe instead of chicken? Steak bites or possibly even tofu?

    1. Hey Kaylin,
      Sure, either of those will work just fine for you! Let me know if you give the recipe a try:) xTieghan

  51. Hi! I accidentally marinaded the chicken in all of the sauce. Can I still reduce it down after I cook the chicken?

    1. Hey Megan,
      Yes, that should work just fine! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  52. 5 stars
    This was SO good. We threw some sautéed summer squash in with it for some veggies and it was awesome.

    1. Hey Haley,
      Awesome! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. Have the best week! xTieghan

  53. 5 stars
    I made this today, I’ve never made coconut rice and it was a huge hit and turned out perfect! Perfect summer meal so quick and easy to make love this and can’t wait to try more recipes!

    1. Hey Robyn,
      Awesome! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. Have the best week! xTieghan

  54. 3 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly but there was too much liquid and the lovely glaze in your photo never materialized! Still tasty but not sure where things went wrong 😑

    1. I had the same issue. Feel like the marinade caused the problem. Wonder if the chicken was sautéed until brown and then the sauce was reduced would be a better method.

    2. Hey Liane,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! It is key not to overcrowd your pan, otherwise you are really just steaming everything. You can always add a little cornstarch to help thicken a sauce as well. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  55. 5 stars
    I made this last night. I made double the sauce so there would be more for the rice. Super easy and my boys loved it!

    1. Hey Perri,
      Awesome! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. Have the best week! xTieghan

  56. 4 stars
    Great dish. We really enjoyed it. Pineapple was through the roof price wise so I used mango instead for salsa. Was a good choice. Chicken didn’t carmelize as much as I would of liked.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  57. I made the rice in a rice cooker and it turned out like pudding — maybe it was the brand of coconut milk I used????

    1. Hey Allison,
      Sorry to hear this, but the instructions are for a stove top pan, I’ve never done this in a rice cooker. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    2. My sauce didn’t end up glazing over. Any suggestions why? Too much juice? Not enough sugar?
      Thanks!

      1. Hey Dave,
        So sorry to hear this, it is really key not to overcrowd your pan, otherwise you are just steaming everything. You can also add some cornstarch to help thicken the sauce. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  58. I generally love all the recipes on this site… but this one just didn’t quite hit the mark. It seemed like something was missing from the flavour profile that I couldn’t quite figure out. It’s an ok recipe, I just prefer something with a little more of a robust flavour.

    1. Hey Stella,
      So sorry you did not enjoy the recipe, please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  59. I usually rinse and soak Basmati rice before cooking. Do you? I don’t think this recipe can be made in 30 minutes as written because the rice alone calls for over 30 minutes. It looks like an easy and delicious meal I plan to try soon. I always have all those ingredients on hand except fresh pineapple…will pick one up this weekend!

    1. I mean, I think you’re meant to cook everything concurrently. If so, everything would cook within a half hour anyway. The rice would take the longest to cook, but it’s a pretty “hands off” recipe. Mainly just waiting. 🤣

    2. Hey there,
      I never rinse my rice:) The 30 minutes is for the chicken. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  60. 5 stars
    This was so flavorful but i have a question. Was i supposed to drain the chicken from the marinade before putting it in the skillet? There was so much liquid cooking in the chicken that it really never got glazed by the remaining soy sauce mix.
    Everyone loved it even though it did not turn out like the pictures.

    1. Hey Julie,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! If you have a lot of liquid, feel free to drain it. The key to avoid extra liquid is to make sure you are using a large enough pan as to not overcrowd your chicken. I hope this helps! xTieghan

  61. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan! I made this yesterday and it was an amazing and delicious treat! The flavors of the coconut rice, chicken marinade and that salsa were spot on!

    I added some extra fresh squeezed lime to the rice after cooking, because I got a good deal on fresh limes at the store. 😃

    For anyone not wanting to use ketchup, if you have a BBQ sauce on hand that you like, that works great too. I like ketchup, but also like to make my own BBQ sauce, and so I used that instead. Such a great dish – will definitely do this one again!

    1. Hey Aline,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  62. I was worried about cooking the rice on the stovetop because it’s a hit or miss for me, and I usually only use a rice cooker. However, your instructions worked perfectly! The addition of salt definitely helped tame the sweetness, and the time was spot on. Came out perfect, thanks!

    1. Hey Christine,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

    1. Hey Rachel,
      So sorry, I almost never work with brown rice, so I do not know the exact cooking times/measurements. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try:) xTieghan

  63. 5 stars
    This is a spectacular (we called it Asian Fusion) feast! The sauce (we left the catsup out; we didn’t have any) is so well rounded and layered in flavor. The pineapple salsa is spicy and sweet and the avocado (I never would have thought to try) is an unexpected delight. Coconut rice is a perfect partner and would have not been the same without it.

    This is the second time this week that your recipes have provided a new and unique dinner in our home. Thank you for your efforts.

    1. Hey Nina,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  64. This was easy and really delicious! Just happened to have a pineapple that was getting too ripe so it was perfect.

    1. Hey Tina,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  65. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved it! Coconut rice was definitely a new thing for us, and it was fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out delicious – we overate, no question. It was just that good. Thanks for the amazing recipe – I’ll be making this one again!

    1. Hey Kristi,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  66. 4 stars
    MAde this the day you posted it! The gang loved the flavor – especially the coconut rice! Made it a 9,500 feet so had to make some cooking time adjustments. Used the instant pot so rather than 2:1 ratio liquid to rice, I did 1:1 and it came out lovely. Super creamy and luxurious! Added a little fresh scallion to give it a little bite at the end

    The chicken was pretty tasty. However, we thought a little bit more acid enhanced it even more – used a little pickled pepper on top along with the cilantro and lime.

    Served this with your serrano pineapple margarita – great combo!!!

    1. Hey Janis,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  67. 5 stars
    This was fantastic! I received the email and made it the same day. The salsa alone we could eat with a spoon. I happened to have a mango on my counter that I chopped and added to the salsa, delicious! Also added a bit of extra pineapple juice. And….just happened to have some good salty tortilla chips that were delicious with the salsa. That salty/sweet combination was outrageous. We loved the flavor of the marinated chicken. Will definitely be a keeper on my regular menu!

    1. Hey Cathy,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  68. Hey! Marinade is delicious- but question is the 2tablespoons of thyme in salsa a typo? I ended up using 1 teaspoon and liking it!

    Not questioning your magic, just was unsure! @halfbakedbarvest

    1. Hey Rachel,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, the measurements are correct, but of course you can always adjust to your liking:) xTieghan

        1. Hey Jess,
          For this recipe I used fresh thyme:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  69. 10 minute cook time on rice, followed by 20 minute rest, results in wet undercooked rice at my altitude 6800ft 😩

    1. Hey there,
      Did you try making the rice? I make rice like this almost daily and am also at a high altitude. You should have no issues:) xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      Made this for my 40th Bday today! Amazing taste and texture. Forgot the avocado though..pairs very well with coconut rice!

      1. Hey Josh,
        Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! Happy Birthday🎂 xTieghan

  70. 5 stars
    Super easy! Full of flavor!
    I had pork chops that needed to be cooked so I used them instead of chicken. Perfect!!

    1. Hey Kimberlee,
      Happy Friday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  71. This is so delicious and simple.Love the pineapple with the chicken…..so summeRish too Thanks Tieghan

    1. Hey Mimi,
      Happy Friday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  72. 5 stars
    Wow! Another hit with the family! All of your recipes are just perfect! The flavors are amazing! Thank you for sharing your passion for cooking with us and helping us to be better cooks for our families!

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Happy Friday! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  73. This looks awesome and flavorful! I am trying to think of a good vegetarian replacement for the chicken – any thoughts? Shiitake? Zucchini chunks? Halloumi? Tempeh?

    I remember you said you didn’t like tofu – you should try tempeh if you haven’t done so. It’s a similar consistency to halloumi but nutty-flavored and made of soy.

    1. Hey there,
      I would probably use cauliflower in place of the chicken. I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. I’m not Tieghan of course, but how would the person even know there was ketchup in this? I’m sure it just adds a little sweetness and tang to the recipe and with only 2 tbsp, it seems likely no one would know if it was there unless they were told 🙂

    1. Hey there,
      You really can’t taste the ketchup in this recipe, it just adds a nice sweetness, but you could also try tomato paste. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  74. This looks amazing! I love pineapples in every form, and I think that the combination of sweet pineapple in a savory dish is delicious. The coconut rice looks like a great addition too.Can’t wait to try it!