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Stir Things Up With Pineapple Fried Rice

I'm crazy for pineapple. I usually eat it as dessert or as a Sunday afternoon snack, but this time I thought I'd try something different. Inspired by a dish at one of my favorite Thai restaurants, I concocted a pineapple fried rice. It's easy to do and quick to come together. When served in the actual pineapple, it makes for a lovely presentation. To see how I did it,

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I originally planned to use a recipe I found at A Daily Obsession. However, I felt too lazy to go to the store, and whipped up dinner using the ingredients I had on hand.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 cups leftover rice, if you don't have it leftover, make an hour or so in advance
1 whole fresh pineapple
2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
1 green onion stalk, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
peanut oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 2 breasts), cut into small chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Directions

  1. Slice the top 1/3 of your pineapple off lengthwise.
  2. Use a paring knife, remove the pineapple flesh, leaving about 3/4 inch on all sides. You are essentially trying to create a bowl. Set the pineapple flesh aside.
  3. Once you have the flesh removed (I ended up using a grapefruit spoon to help get some of it out), use a paring knife to create a decorative edge on the pineapple. It's not necessary, but your presentation will look polished. Set pineapple bowl aside.
  4. Dice the pineapple flesh. You can go big or small depending on your preference. Keep about 1 cup of diced pineapple for the recipe, feel free to snack on the rest. Place in small bowl and drain pineapple juice into large bowl.
  5. Place chicken chunks into bowl with pineapple juice, add fish sauce, soy sauce, sriracha. Mix well to coat. [Note: the amounts used here were a guestimate. If you like the taste of soy sauce add more, if you dislike fish sauce omit, if you want it spicy add more sriracha, etc. Basically season the sauce to your liking.]
  6. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. When evenly heated add bacon, garlic, 1/3 of the green onion, and 1/3 of the jalapenos. Stir until evenly cooked. Remove bacon mixture from pan and set aside on a plate (I put paper towels down first to drain some of the excess oil).
  7. If your pan has an excessive amount of oil, you can drain it at this time or use paper towels to wipe it down. Add a bit of peanut oil. Alternatively leave the bacon oil and use it to cook the chicken.
  8. Heat oil until it is shimmering, add chicken and carrots. Stir until nearly cooked. At this point, add half of the remaining jalapenos and green onions. Cook throughly.
  9. When chicken is fully cooked, add the bacon mixture to the pan. Stir well to combine ingredients.
  10. Add pineapple and stir to incorporate.
  11. Add rice, making sure to break up any large clumps.
  12. If you do not have enough liquid in your pan or the rice looks too dry, add a bit more soy or fish sauce. Just go easy on the fish sauce, that stuff gets salty really fast.
  13. When mixture is fully combined, and rice is heated through, remove from heat.
  14. Scoop rice into pineapple bowl, garnish with remaining jalapenos and green onions. Enjoy!

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SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
I think I'm going to make this as part of my husband's "bithday week." He LOVES pineapple fried rice!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
I think I'm going to make this as part of my husband's "bithday week." He LOVES pineapple fried rice!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 7 years
this looks fun!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 7 years
this looks fun!
sassy-cupcake sassy-cupcake 7 years
i can't wait to try to make that this week!
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 7 years
mm i love pineapple fried rice!!! thought I can't say i've had it done well in a while
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 7 years
Looks super yummy! I would add onions though... but I add onion to EVERYTHING... :shrug:
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Good, pretty and oh so yummy.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I love the presentation!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I love the presentation!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
That sounds like an orgasm on a plate! :)
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
That's an awful lot of meat in there. I'd recommend halving the amount of chicken.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I love this recipe, I have one really similar but your's looks yummier.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 7 years
i've had fried rice with pineapple before. it's really yummy! if you haven't tried it, you must! ^-^
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
So pretty!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
so good. a friend of mine ordered it when we went out once, and i look for it all the time now. im so glad i can make it myself now.
GirlInPink GirlInPink 7 years
this look DELICIOUS! I'm def going to try it soon!
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