Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

One of our favorite local restaurants makes the best fried rice.  Even though the other options on their menu are also great, without fail I (or my husband) always order the fried rice despite intentions to try something new.  I decided to attempt to make a similar dish at home, that way we would maybe branch out when at the restaurant.

After tinkering with a recipe in one of my cookbooks, I finally found something close to the restaurant’s dish.  Even better – it’s quick and simple to make, which makes for a great weeknight meal.  I prep the chicken and rice in advance, that way I can throw this together even if I’m exhausted after working all day.  We usually have a good amount leftover for lunches, which is always an added plus.

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

You can easily adapt this dish with whatever veggies you have on hand.  The original version also calls for beef instead of chicken.  Although we’ve never tried it, I have a feeling it would be wonderful that way as well.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe for homemade pineapple chicken fried rice. Packed with plenty of veggies, chicken, pineapple and peanut sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 medium pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bag stir-fry veggie mix (fresh or frozen; preferably fresh)
  • 1 ½ cups chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 6 cups cold cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup Thai peanut sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (we used low sodium soy sauce)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Place a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the olive oil and chili paste. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add in the carrots, pepper, green onions and stir-fry mix. Cook until the veggies are crisp tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the chicken and pineapple; cook for about 2 minutes longer. Add in the cold rice and heat until warmed through, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in the peanut sauce, soy sauce, salt/pepper and peanuts. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until heated.
  2. Turn off the heat and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.