Tired of the same old, same old chicken and rice? We’ve got a super solution for both problems: Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats! Not only does the fluffy rice pair perfectly with that soy, honey and ginger taste of teriyaki chicken, it features pineapple for an extra bit of taste— AND it’s actually served inside the pineapple itself. Fun! This dish is one where everybody will love the presentation just as much as they love the flavors. Don’t be intimidated, either; you can totally make this one at home. Let us show you how, then read on for the full recipe. (And if you want even more pineapple fun to tide you over until next summer, don’t miss our Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes, Pineapple Ginger Chicken and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Fudge!)

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Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pineapple


  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup white rice, rinsed


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-½ lb. chicken thighs, 1-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise. Scoop out and reserve the middle of each half, leaving ½-inch to ¾-inch of flesh along the edges.
  2. Finely chop the reserved pineapple. Combine the chopped pineapple with any juices released and place approximately 1 cup of it in a small saucepan.
  3. Add the water, salt, chili flakes, butter and sugar to the saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the rinsed white rice. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked. Once done, fluff with a fork.
  5. While the rice is cooking, combine the garlic, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and ginger in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the chopped chicken and let sit while your pan heats up.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Use a slotted spoon and drain the chicken from the teriyaki sauce, reserving the sauce. Add the chicken to the hot pan and brown on all sides.
  8. When the chicken is fully cooked, add the reserved sauce to the pan and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened. The sauce should evenly coat the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. To serve, spoon about ½ cup of the pineapple rice into one half of each hollowed-out pineapple boat. Fill the remaining half with the teriyaki chicken. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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Of course, you don’t have to serve this one inside the hollowed-out pineapple – the pineapple rice and teriyaki chicken will pair just as perfectly on a plate – but it’s just more FUN this way, don’t you think?

It’s a great dish for this transition between summer and fall. One bite will have you dreaming of next summer, or maybe planning a tropical vacation to get you through the winter. Even if you can’t take a trip, your tastebuds will enjoy the break!

Teriyaki chicken pineapple boats on white plate

So what do you think? Are there any ways you would adapt this recipe and make it your own? Have you ever eaten out of a pineapple, made pineapple rice or whipped up some teriyaki chicken before? Will you give this recipe a try? Tell us if you make it and how it turns out for you!

Recipe adapted from Jumble Joy