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Skillet Pineapple Chicken

An easy skillet recipe for Chinese-style pineapple chicken made with boneless chicken breast, red pepper, fresh pineapple, and cashews
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 323kcal
Author Amee


  • Skillet


  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 24 oz chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced (or ginger paste)
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce I used Kikkoman brand hoisin sauce with great results
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp cold water
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ cup cashews roasted and salted, halves and pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  • Heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat and add chicken
  • Cook chicken 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until cooked through
  • Add red pepper and chopped pineapple and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute more
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chicken broth, pineapple juice, ginger and brown sugar until mixed
  • Add the sauce to the skillet and bring it to a low boil
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 3 minutes
  • Mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water and stir into the sauce
  • Add the cashews, season with pepper, and simmer for 4-5 minutes more until sauce has thickened.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds on top before serving.


Notes: You can also use ginger paste (in the tube in the produce section) in place of fresh ginger and add 1-2 chopped green onions as an optional garnish, if desired.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 687IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg