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Peruvian Pineapple Chicken (Pollo a la Pina)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Fried and battered chicken medallions glazed in a sweet pineapple sauce mixed with pineapple chunks, slices of red bell pepper, and green onions with warm Latino spices. Serve with a side of white rice."
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50 m servings 792
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Whisk soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin together in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add chicken medallions and toss to evenly coat. Set aside to marinate.
  2. Combine pineapple chunks, syrup, and sugar in a medium pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Boil until sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the stove, transfer pineapple chunks to a bowl, and leave syrup in the pot.
  3. Place potato starch in a bowl. Dredge marinated chicken medallions in potato starch; shake off excess.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, working in batches and adding more oil if necessary, and fry until golden brown and crunchy, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a wok. Add tomato paste; cook and stir until paste darkens, being careful it does not burn. Add bell pepper and cook until slightly softened but still crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in chicken medallions and pineapple chunks. Slowly mix in some of the syrup until mixture is lightly glazed; reserve remaining syrup for another use. Sprinkle with green onions.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Corn starch can be used in place of potato starch, if preferred.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce and potato starch. The actual amount of sauce and potato starch consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 792 calories; 7.1 165.3 20.6 50 1038 Full nutrition

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Delicious! I do think the skillet needed a bit more oil before cooking the chicken, and I decided to mix in some of the syrup into the tomato paste and pepper mixture before adding the chicken a...