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Pineapple Chicken and Rice

Pineapple Chicken and Rice Dinner Recipe. Tender chicken cooked in a sweet pineapple honey Dijon sauce and served over rice.

Pineapple Chicken and Rice

It is time for dinner! It is always great to have a chicken dinner recipe on hand. Especially a simple one with common ingredients. I typically serve this chicken recipe over rice and that is it! No other sides are needed. If I do add a side it is steamed broccoli or a vegetable medley.

In the recipe, cornstarch is used to thicken the sauce. Below I instruct you to mix together the cornstarch and some pineapple juice and set aside. While the cornstarch and pineapple juice sit it will start to thicken. Before you pour it into the pan give it another stir to loosen it up.

Pineapple Chicken with Rice

To Plate

When it comes to rice I make my Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. I love my Instant Pot and use it at least twice a week. 

  • Make a bed of rice and lay the chicken on top. Spoon extra sauce over the chicken. Top with a pineapple slice or two.

For reference, the images are of how I present this recipe. 

A sharp knife makes all the difference. Get yourself a knife sharpener if you don’t already have one!

Sharp Knife = Nice Clean Slices of chicken.

(Nothing is cooked in the casserole dish. It is just for presentation on the table)

Pineapple Chicken and Rice

How to serve kids

For the kiddos, I cut up a child-size portion of chicken and a slice of pineapple into bite-size pieces. In a bowl, I add rice, chicken, pineapple, and sauce and stir it all up. The kids really love the sweet flavor.  

Make it into a Pineapple Chicken Rice Bowl

Just like the bowl I make for the kids detailed above: 

  • Add rice to a bowl. 
  • Chop chicken and pineapple into bite-size pieces. 
  • Top the rice with chicken and pineapple and sauce. 

You can buy Pineapple Chunks instead of slices. 

See this Pineapple Rice Bowl for an example. 

Perfect for Meal Planning

If you do weekly meal planning add this pineapple chicken recipe to your meal rotation. 

Ingredient Swaps

  • Swap out chicken breasts for chicken thighs. The cook time will be shorter for chicken thighs. Always temp your chicken to make sure it is cooked through. 
  • Swap out pineapple slices for pineapple chunks. 

Recipe for Pineapple Chicken and Rice

Pineapple Chicken and Rice

Pineapple Chicken and Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Pineapple Chicken with Rice Dinner Recipe. Tender chicken cooked in a sweet pineapple honey Dijon sauce and served over rice.


  • 1 and a half pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can 20 oz. sliced pineapple, save the juice for the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 servings of cooked rice.


  1. Season chicken with thyme, salt, and pepper.
  2. Over medium heat brown the chicken in the vegetable oil.
  3. Drain pineapple slices and reserve the juice.
  4. Combine cornstarch and 2 oz. of the pineapple juice and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl combine remaining juice with mustard, honey, and garlic.
  6. Add dijon mixture to the pan, reduce heat and cover.
  7. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken from the pan.
  9. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add to the pan and bring to a boil.
  10. Stir for 2 minutes.
  11. Reduce heat and return chicken to the pan. Flip chicken in the pan to get it nice and coated with the sauce.
  12. Add pineapple slices to the pan (on top of the chicken and around the chicken) cover for 2-3 minutes to allow pineapple to heat through.
  13. Serve over rice.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 62gSugar: 31gProtein: 32g

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Pineapple Chicken and Rice

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Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Super easy and delicious! Chicken was so tender. I served it over oven baked coconut rice.


Thursday 12th of November 2020

This was a huge hit. We will be making this more often. My question is how well would this freeze?


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

My husband, 11 yr old and 5 yr old disliked this dish and asked me not to make it again. I thought it was ok.


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Is there any way to make this in the oven as opposed to in a pan? If so, what would the instruction be?

Michele J.

Sunday 9th of August 2020

I followed the recipe exactly as stated and it came out amazing! My husband said it was the best chicken I've ever made him and that it's his new favorite. I will definitely be making this again.

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