Filipino pineapple chicken recipe (Creamy pininyahang manok)

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  March 19, 2022

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Pineapple is an underrated tropical fruit when it comes to using it for a savory meal.

Many people don’t like it when putting on pizza because it gives a sweet taste. But in this chicken recipe, pineapple redeems itself because you’ll be missing something if you don’t add it to the dish!

Christmas (Check our top 15 Filipino recipes for Christmas and New Year) is in the air and one of the favorite Filipino foods during this season is the pineapple chicken recipe.

The adults will absolutely adore this dish, as well as the kids. It’s very rich in flavor since it has a lot of ingredients, which makes this dish a must at the dining table come Christmas time!
Pineapple Chicken Recipe (Creamy Pininyahang Manok)

Pineapple chicken recipe preparation tips

You might be thinking that preparing and cooking this dish takes a long time, but you’ll be surprised to know that it’ll only take about 30 minutes of preparation and cooking time!

Obviously, pineapple is the star of this recipe, so make sure that you buy the best pineapple in town.

It should be really ripe to ensure that it’ll be the best-tasting pineapple chicken. Of course, the chicken should be bought in its best state too!

In this recipe, you can choose from evaporated or coconut milk. Whichever you prefer, it’ll give this dish that creaminess that’s one of the trademarks of this recipe!
Filipino Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken Recipe (Creamy Pininyahang Manok)

Filipino pineapple chicken recipe (creamy pininyahang manok)

Joost Nusselder
Obviously, pineapple is the star of this recipe, so make sure that you buy the best pineapple in town. It should be really ripe to ensure that it'll be the best-tasting pineapple chicken. Of course, the chicken should be bought in its best state too.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg chicken
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits (432 g.)
  • 2 medium carrots (sliced 1 inch thick)
  • 4 medium potatoes quartered
  • 2 small bell peppers (red and green) cut into wedges
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce or patis
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • cup water
  • 1 small can evaporated milk/coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Saute the garlic and onion.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until slightly brown.
  • Stir in the fish sauce, sugar, and the syrup from pineapple tidbits.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, and water, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Mix in the bell peppers, milk, and pineapple tidbits, and simmer until the chicken and potatoes are tender, and the sauce has thickened, for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Season with some salt and pepper, and adjust according to taste.
  • Serve with hot rice.
Keyword Chicken, Pineapple
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However, there are slight cooking differences depending on if you use evaporated milk or coconut milk. Evaporated milk should be added when you’re about to turn off the stove, while in using coconut milk, you have to add it from the start so that it’ll be well-cooked.

If you’re going to buy different colored bell peppers, this dish will not only be very tasty, but colorful as well. And don’t forget the hot dogs and carrots!

The potato will add to the creamy taste of the dish. Except for the potatoes, the vegetables shouldn’t be overcooked, as it’ll be more enticing to the palate.

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You can add other ingredients if you want it to be more special.

Creamy Pineapple Chicken

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You don’t need to have a soda, wine, or beer to partner with this dish because you can savor it better if there’s water on the side. This is how delicious it can get.

This recipe isn’t just about being delicious and the answer to a hungry tummy because it’s also packed with a good amount of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A & C, protein, iron, and calcium.

So what else can you ask for? It’s like having the best of both worlds, don’t you think?
Pininyahang Manok
If you haven’t tried this yet, then what are you waiting for? You and your family will absolutely love this truly mouth-watering dish.

It’ll certainly be a hit among your family and guests! They’ll be waiting for this dish on your next invite. It’s best to partner this with hot steamed rice to your delight.

Filipinos love rice like sinangag and it’s always what they prefer to fully enjoy a savory meal like this pineapple chicken recipe.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.