Chinese Pineapple Chicken With Cashew Nuts

Chinese Pineapple Chicken

This Chinese Pineapple Chicken is sure to satisfy all your cravings for Chinese food. Skip the takeout. This is a great recipe that’s really easy to make.

Be brave with the ginger, it mellows out as it cooks and is helped along by the sweetness of the dish.

The cashew nuts are optional but I am yet to make it without them as I love their crunchy texture and creamy taste.

Be sure to serve it with plenty of white fluffy rice. Quicker than waiting for takeout

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Chinese Pineapple Chicken With Cashew Nuts

You can forget takeout with this Chinese Pineapple Chicken Recipe! It's so easy to make and delicious.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chinese Pineapple Chicken
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 325 kcal


  • 3 large chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 ounces roasted cashew nuts optional
  • 8 -12 spring onions chopped (scallions)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 7 ounccan pineapple chunks in juice (small size can
  • ginger root peeled and chopped finely (2-3 inch chunk)
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil

For the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine can use dry sherry
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 1 ⁄2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 ⁄4 pint water plus a little more if needed


  1. First of all make the sauce. Combine everything, mix well until smooth and set aside.
  2. Fry the chicken in the oil with the onion and ginger for 5 minutes over a medium high heat.
  3. Add the green pepper and the pineapple chunks and fry for another 5 minutes adding half of the spring onions after 2 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed garlic and the cashew nuts, fry for 2 minutes then pour over the sauce and bring to the boil.
  5. After a minute or 2, the sauce should thicken and stick to the chicken. It it looks too thick, add some water, little by little until desired consistency is achieved.

Utterly Delicious Chinese Pineapple Chicken. Enjoy!

Good To Know About Pineapple Chicken

I usually start a batch of oven cooked rice when I begin this pineapple chicken recipe. I must have rice with the chicken and oven rice will be ready at the same time as the chicken.

The rice makes a complete meal along with the chicken. You have a protein with the chicken, fruit with the pineapple, vegetables and of course rice is the starch.

Sometimes I add a side of cooked broccoli. I usually just buy a bag of the microwave broccoli for the convenience. You can’t have to many veggies and the broccoli really compliments the chicken and rice!

Click the link below for the oven cooked rice recipe.

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