This Hawaiian Chicken starts with fresh pineapple and peppers that gets covered in a tangy sauce that is sweet and fragrant. This dish is mood altering!
This Hawaiian chicken uplifting
It has been one frigid January. I think everyday has been blustery and cold. I hate when it is bone-chilling cold. My tender extremities cannot handle those low temperature. The problem with winters in Ohio is not only do we have to contend with the cold and the precipitation, but we have to deal with the string of gray, gloomy days.
My husband is convinced that he suffers from S.A.D, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. When the weather turns gray, his mood turns blue. He walks around with a little less enthusiasm, he is a little mopey and easily annoyed. To sum it up, he is a bummer. I feel for him, I really do. He can’t help himself. He doesn’t choose to feel blah, he just cannot stop it. He needs the sun’s rays to brighten up his world.
As unfortunate as this is for him, it is equally as unfortunate for those of us around him who may not be suffering from SAD directly, but rather through his somewhat depressed attitude. Yes, we are a little gloomy because my husband is feeling gloomy. I am generally an upbeat and positive person, but that gets a little challenging when the household is as a whole is just not feeling it.
Ok, I may be exaggerating slightly. My husband doesn’t suddenly turn all doom and gloom when the skies turn, but there really is something to the whole Seasonal Affective Disorder and to an extent, we all feel it. The sunshine has a pull on us, it lifts our spirits and warms our bodies and our minds; we cannot live without it. The cold, well we can definitely live without the cold!
This Hawaiian Chicken is tropical
Hawaiian Chicken is what you need on those cold dreary days where a little sunshine would go a long way. Fresh pineapple adds all the bright flavor to an dish, like these Pineapple Teriyaki Turkey Brats or Smoky Pork Loin with Pineapple Mango Salsa. For this recipe, pineapple rests on the bottom of the dish along with vibrant red pepper. I seasoned chicken breasts simply with salt and red pepper and then smothered them in a tangy and subtly sweet sauce. This recipe is family friendly, Paleo friendly and 100% mood friendly!
- 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
- 1 whole red pepper, chopped
- 4 chicken breasts
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce (Coconut Aminos to keep it Paleo)
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and arrange pineapple and peppers on the bottom of the dish. Arrange chicken breasts on top of the fruit and sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and ginger, heat for 1 minutes. Stir in honey, soy sauce, tomato paste and vinegar. Whisk mixture until slightly thick and combined. Pour mixture over chicken and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g