This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StirUpTheFun #CollectiveBias This Homemade Chinese Orange Pineapple Chicken dish is made of crispy bites of fried chicken topped with a warm sweet & tangy orange-pineapple sauce.
I have a lot of "favorite" foods and included in that list is Chinese food. We used to live about 10 minutes from an amazing Chinese restaurant and at least 2-3 times a month, we'd get take-out and share all kinds of deliciousness.
Then we moved back to my tiny hometown 8 years ago and all that changed. We're 40 miles from Chinese food these days and while I do occasionally get to go out to eat Chinese, it happens a lot less than it used to. And I miss it, ya'll! A lot.
Or I guess I should say, "I missed it." I don't miss it as much as I did when we first moved here because I finally broke out of my cooking "comfort zone" and learned to make some of our favorite dishes at home.
Yay! I don't have to miss Chinese food all the time! That's where this Orange Pineapple Chicken comes in. I love Orange Chicken. I mean really, really love it.
So when I had a craving for Orange Pineapple Chicken a few months back and there was no way we were going to drive 40 miles for take-out, it occurred to me that we should come up with a recipe that I can make at home. It only took one time of making this homemade version and we were hooked!
I should clarify that by "we", I mean my 15 year old son and I. He's a fantastic cook and he's always open to helping me try out new recipes (or honestly, trying them out all on his own).
This is one that he has made for the whole family all by himself and gosh... I love having kids who can make supper for the family. It's a win for everybody.
Okay - let me get back on topic. The Chinese Orange Pineapple Chicken. The Homemade Chinese Orange Pineapple Chicken. That's the best part... it's homemade, so I can have it any time I want 😉
Alrighty... here's what you'll need:
- 2 lbs chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-size chunks
- ¾ cup Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce
- ¼ cup Dole® Pineapple Juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups Minute® White Rice
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1 (12.5 oz.) bottle Kikkoman® Orange Sauce
- ⅓ cup Dole® Crushed Pineapple
I was able to find everything I needed at Walmart.
Now let's get started.
First you'll need to cut up your chicken breast tenders into bite size pieces.
Then place the bite-sized chunks of chicken into a large mixing bowl. Add the Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce, Dole® Pineapple Juice, and minced garlic. Mix it up to coat the chicken, then let it marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Chinese food is often thought of as high in sodium, but when you use Dole® Pineapple Juice, which is naturally very low sodium, and Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce, you're able cut down on the sodium levels and re-create a restaurant favorite without sacrificing any flavor!
Now, when you're ready to cook the chicken, drain off the excess marinade.
Then pour the corn starch into a large zip-top bag and then drop the chicken in in small batches and shake it up to coat the chicken. I set it out onto a plate as I worked through the whole bowl.
Now pour the oil into a large skillet and heat. Then begin frying the chicken, 1-2 minutes on each side until crispy and brown.
When the chicken is all fried, drain it on paper towels.
In the meantime, follow the package instructions to make the Minute® Rice. I love it that I can have great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes with Minute® White Rice. It's a great staple product to have on hand in your pantry to use to fill out any meal. It's so easy!
In the same skillet that you fried the chicken, pour out any excess oil (no need to clean it completely - the little bits of leftover fried chicken will add flavor) and place it back on the stove.
Then pour in the Kikkoman® Orange Sauce and Dole® Crushed Pineapple, mix together and heat until bubbly. The crushed pineapple adds that extra sweet and tangy punch that really makes this recipe extra special!
As soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the fried chicken. Toss to coat.
Lastly, serve the chicken over rice and enjoy!
We always add some stir-fry vegetables to round out the meal and it's perfection!
You can learn more about the products used in this recipe by visiting KikkomanUSA.com, Minuterice.com, and Dolesunshine.com.
Here's the printable recipe for you:
Homemade Chinese Orange Pineapple ChickenPrint