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One-Pan Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki (Whole30)

This easy and flavorful Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is sweet and tangy. Perfect for the family to enjoy. It is Whole30, gluten-free, and low carb as well.

 

Summer is here! It is my favorite time to use fresh pineapples for dessert or, better yet, in savory recipes like this healthy pineapple chicken teriyaki!

I have been Asian flavors lately. Japanese teriyaki, Pad Thai, Chinese Cucumber Salad, you name it. 

And now I just have to elevate my usual Chicken Teriyaki recipe with the flavor of summer.

 

 

A few more delicious stir fry recipes I love:

 

  1. Crispy Teriyaki Glazed Salmon {Whole30}
  2. Zucchini Mushroom Stir Fry (Gluten Free, Vegan)
  3. Whole30 Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken

 

Why do I love this One-Pan Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

 

 

1. Easy to Make

Stir fry is my go-to when I don’t have enough time to wait for the oven to heat, food to cook.

Besides that, what’s easier than chicken and vegetable stir fry, right?

This healthy and flavorful recipe can be made all in one pan.

Additionally, don’t let the teriyaki sauce intimidate you.

It can be easily made by mixing all the ingredients in one bowl as well.

 

2. Healthy, whole30, gluten-free recipe

 

 

Is Teriyaki healthy?

The answer is that it depends.

Traditionally, teriyaki sauce is of soy sauce, mirin (or sake), sugar and ginger.

In order to make this recipe whole30 and gluten-free, I have made a few subtitutions.

Coconut aminos:

It is my go-to ingredient in Asian cuisine when I need to replace soy sauce.

Pineapple juice:

The sweet and tangy pineapple juice can be squeezed from the fresh pineapple that we have in hand for this recipe.

Arrowroot flour:

Another one of my stable ingredients in paleo cooking. Once heated, arrowroot flour acts as starch and will result in a sticky texture.

 

 

Perfect for meal prep

 

 

This Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki recipe is also perfect for meal prep.

You can either store them with rice to have individual meals prepared for the week or just simply store it in a big airtight container.

Then dinner can be ready in under 5 minutes during the weeknights.

 

What is Teriyaki? What does it taste like?

 

 

Teriyaki is a way of Japanese cooking. Teri means luster, Yaki means broiled, grilled, or roasted (Think Japanese steak house). 

First, food is usually marinated in Teriyaki Sauce to the flavor to soak in before the cooking process happens. 

 

What does Teriyaki Taste like?

Teriyaki sauce a sweet and salty sauce that has a little bit of tangy taste to it.

The texture is slightly on the thicker side. Even when it is warmed up, the sauce stays a little gooey.

 

Ingredients for Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki

 

 

 

Chicken:

You can use either chicken breast or chicken thighs.

Chicken thighs will be more juicy and tender in this recipe. Although I sometimes prefer the texture of chicken breast (after adding arrowroot flour).

 

Pineapple:

The co-star of this recipe!

You will need chunks of fresh pineapple for the stir fry.

Additionally, adding pineapple juice to the teriyaki sauce adds a sweet and tangy flavor to it. You can either buy store bought pineapple juice or juice from the fresh pineapples you have in hand.

If you are using a whole pineapple, check out this tutorial for “how to cut a pineapple“, by A Couple Cooks.

 

 

Teriyaki Sauce:

My favorite sauce to whip up. It is packed with flavors and all you need are:

  • Coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Pineapple juice
  • Arrowroot flour (or corn starch)

 

 

 

How to make Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

 

 

First, marinate the chicken (cubed) in coconut aminos and arrowroot flour for an hour or more.

Arrowroot flour acts as a starch.

I love using arrowroot flour when cooking meat. It traps the moisture in and results in the most tender and moist chicken.

Especially chicken breast tends to get dry.

Check out: oven-baked chicken

 

 

Second, prepare the produce. And whisk all the ingredients for teriyaki sauce in a small bowl.

Time to cook!

Lightly stir fry the veggies with salt to taste. Transfer to a plate. Then return to the same pan to cook the chicken.

After the chicken is cooked through, add the vegetables back in, fresh pineapples, and stir in the teriyaki sauce.

Lastly, gently stir and coat everything with the sauce.

 

 

 

How to Serve Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki

 

 

There are so many ways you can enjoy this Pineapple Chicken Recipe.

Serve with Cauliflower rice for a Whole30 and low carb meal

Serve with Jasmine or brown rice.

Or try these Zucchini Mushroom Stir Fry (Gluten Free, Vegan) as a low carb side.

 

What is your favorite kind of teriyaki? Leave a comment below!

 

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You may also like these Healthy Dinner recipes:

 

1. Healthy Paleo Orange Chicken

2. Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry (Whole30)

3. Chicken Pad Thai (Whole30)

 

 

Yield: 6

Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry (Whole30)

Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry (Whole30)

This Whole30 Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry recipe is sweet and tangy, so easy to make too! This recipe is also paleo, keto, gluten, and soy-free as well. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Stir Fry

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast
  • 3 - 4 tbsp oil (for stir frying)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli (~ 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (cut into chunks)
  • 2 stalks of green onion (green and white part seperated)
  • 2. small cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 -3 tbsp coconut aminos (chicken marinade)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour (chicken marinade)
  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • Salt to taste *

Teriyaki Sauce

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into small pieces, season with 3 tbsp coconut aminos, and 2 tbsp arrowroot flour. Mix marinade in to fully coat the chicken.
  2. While the chicken is marinating, chop broccoli into small florets, and cube the red bell pepper. Mince garlic and ginger. Chop up scallions, separating the white and green parts**. Prepare the pineapple (or you can buy the cubed fresh ones).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the Teriyaki sauce. Set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the bell pepper and broccoli lightly for about 2 - 3 minutes, season with salt to taste. Then transfer to a plate.
  5. Return to the same pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil, sautee the marinated chicken, garlic, white part of the scallion, until chicken is cooked through, and slightly browned.
  6. Add the sauteed veggies, ginger, and fresh pineapple into the pan along with the chicken, and mix well.
  7. Stir in the teriyaki sauce gently until the sauce becomes sticky and thoroughly coat the chicken stir fry.***
  8. Garnish with the green part of the scallion and sesame seeds (optional). Enjoy!

Notes

* The coconut aminos is salty itself, so take that into consideration when adding extra salt to the chicken marinade.

** Roughly 2/3 of the scallion is white and 1/3 of it is green.

*** I usually taste it at this step to see if it is salted to my liking. You can apply additional salt per your preference.

Nutrition facts may vary depending on the rice you choose you to use.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 502mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 36g

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.

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