Monday, September 29, 2008

Pineapple Chicken

A few weeks ago, my brother shared some pineapple chicken that was leftover from a catered party. It was REALLY good! So I began searching for a recipe for it, but I wanted something very specific. I didn't want a recipe where the chicken is breaded, I was thinking of something a little lighter. I also wanted it to have only a few ingredients, preferably items that you might have in your pantry. And of course it had to be simple to make. Ultimately, I wanted a low fat, time saving, simple-to-prepare meal requiring only a few ingredients that would be perfect for a mid week's hectic schedule. That's not too much to ask, is it? Well, I'm happy to say that this recipe is all of those things! And most importantly, it's delicious!

3 boneless chicken breasts
20 oz crushed pineapple
2 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced

Trim fat from chicken breasts. Split each breast in half horizontally so that you have twice as many pieces that are half as thick. Arrange chicken in 9x13x2 casserole dish. Sprinkle with pepper and paprika. Mix pineapple, mustard, soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic together. Pour over chicken. Place in a 350F oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Serve it up with some rice and a steamed vegetable and you're set!

The original recipe didn't specify how much soy sauce to add. I just guessed that this would be a good amount. If you'd like to add more or less, go for it!!

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