The warming weather has us dreaming of vacations to exotic places, but our budgets have us keeping those travel plans firmly in dream-land. Luckily, there’s one surefire way to escape without dropping a ton of dough: trying new foods! You might not be able to eat this Pineapple Ginger Chicken on a beach overlooking the ocean or in a bustling faraway metropolis, but you’ll still feel like you and your taste buds are taking a trip. Best of all, that great taste doesn’t come from a crazy-complicated recipe! Watch and learn how it’s made, and give yourself a taste of something new.
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PINEAPPLE GINGER CHICKEN
Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
–1-½ pounds boneless chicken breast, pounded thin and cut into bite-size pieces
–2 tablespoons water
–1 cup flour
–1 teaspoon garlic powder
–1 teaspoon paprika
–½ teaspoon ground ginger
–½ teaspoon black pepper
–½ teaspoon kosher salt
–¼ cup pineapple juice
–⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons apricot-pineapple preserves
–¼ cup soy sauce
–¼ cup brown sugar, packed
–½ teaspoon coconut oil
–3 cloves garlic, minced
–2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
–1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
–2 teaspoons cornstarch
–1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 degrees Celsius). Line a sheet pan with foil and grease.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and water together.
- In a gallon-sized plastic bag, combine the flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, ground ginger, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Dip the chicken pieces into the egg wash and let the excess drip off. Place each dipped piece of chicken into the plastic bag, then shake until evenly-coated with flour mixture.
- Place chicken, evenly spaced, on the prepared sheet pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes. After those 10 minutes, adjust the oven rack so the pan is 8 to 10 inches below the broiler, and broil for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and broil for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, until you reach the desired crispness.
- While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. In a small sauce pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and fresh ginger, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pineapple juice, soy sauce, preserves, brown sugar, Sriracha and cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook until thickened, about 3 minutes.
- In a large bowl, toss the chicken and sauce, stirring to evenly coat. Add fresh pineapple and stir until just combined. Serve over rice, garnished with green onion.
Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings