Pineapple Orange Chicken

Need an easy weeknight recipe? Try this Pineapple Orange Chicken with Minute® Instant Brown Rice. It has the perfect mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.

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Pineapple Orange Chicken

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved
  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2/3 cup sweet and sour sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup toasted cashew nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced (optional)

Instructions

  • Need an easy weeknight recipe? Try this Pineapple Orange Chicken. It has a perfect mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that you and your family are sure to love!

    Step 1

  • Measure reserved pineapple juice and add enough water to make 2 cups of liquid. Prepare rice according to package directions, using the pineapple juice and water mixture.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, season chicken with salt then coat with flour.

    Step 3

  • Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

    Step 4

  • Add pineapple chunks, bell pepper and snap peas. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are slightly softened.

    Step 5

  • Add sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce, orange zest, orange juice and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until the sauce begins to boil.

    Step 6

  • Serve chicken mixture over rice. Top with cashews and green onions, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    Leftover chicken? Use it to add a protein punch to this Cajun-style Red Beans and Rice recipe.

A Whole Meal in Minutes

Craving a quality meal but don’t feel like you have enough time to cook? Don’t worry, we get it. Minute® Rice has you covered with the quality you deserve and the convenience you need!

This Pineapple Orange Chicken recipe makes a complete meal for up to 4 people and requires less time in the kitchen than you might expect. It also makes the most out of every ingredient — including the drained pineapple juice from the can.

There’s a reason why we say this recipe is a whole meal in minutes — it consists of all the elements of a fully-balanced meal, including vegetables, a lean source of protein and Minute® Instant Brown Rice. We guarantee it doesn’t skimp on flavor, either! Enjoy the nutty and chewy flavors while reaping the benefits of 100% whole grain rice, in just 20 minutes.

Cooking your rice in a mixture of pineapple juice and water imparts each grain with a delicious sweet and savory flavor. Not a fan of pineapple? Sub in papaya or mango for a similarly sweet sauce. For extra convenience, use canned or frozen fruit. Citrus fruits, such as orange or grapefruit, will also do the job.

Looking for a yummy dinner to make tonight? Try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

Pro Tip

Turn this dish into the perfect on-the-go meal! Sauté the chicken breasts with the sauces, fruit and vegetable chunks in advance and store them in an airtight container. Then, pack them in your lunch box along with one of our microwavable Ready To Serve Brown Rice cups, and you’re all set! Heat the rice for 60 seconds, serve the chicken on top, and enjoy an easy dish that’s full of flavor.

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