This dish, influenced by the cuisine of the Costa Brava region of northern Spain, marries the saltiness of olives and the sweet, tropical flavors of pineapple. Serve over a bed of rice.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Sprinkle with salt.

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  • In a large frying pan, brown chicken in oil. Combine cumin and cinnamon, and sprinkle over chicken. Add garlic and onion; cook until onion is soft. Add reserved pineapple juice, tomatoes, olives, and salsa. Cover, and simmer 25 minutes.

  • Mix cornstarch with water; stir into pan juices. Add bell pepper, and simmer until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in pineapple chunks, and heat through.

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 495 mg sodium. 17.6 g carbohydrates; 28.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2008
This was very tasty but I must admit that I mostly used a different recipe for Chicken Costa Brava that I found in an old cookbook. All of the ingredients are the same but some of the quantities are different: 2 whole chicken breasts instead of 5 8 oz of tomatoes instead of 14.5 1 cup of salsa instead of 1/2 cup 2 tsp of cornstarch instead of 2 tbsp and a mixture of black and green olives instead of 2 cups of black. I used a medium-heat salsa and whole tomatoes that I crushed before adding. I wonder if maybe it was these small differences that kept mine from being "bland " as some people are complaining? Anyway the fella liked it - the pineapple bits were particularly spicy and tangy and delicious - so next time I'll make it the Allrecipes way and update. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2008
I scaled this recipe in half for just two of us; even so we'll still have leftovers. I also cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces as others advised. Added about 1/4tsp cayenne pepper but I would definitely double the cumin-cinnamon seasoning if I were to make this again. Served over steamed brown basmati rice. Thanks for sharing ChristyJ! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2008
This was very tasty but I must admit that I mostly used a different recipe for Chicken Costa Brava that I found in an old cookbook. All of the ingredients are the same but some of the quantities are different: 2 whole chicken breasts instead of 5 8 oz of tomatoes instead of 14.5 1 cup of salsa instead of 1/2 cup 2 tsp of cornstarch instead of 2 tbsp and a mixture of black and green olives instead of 2 cups of black. I used a medium-heat salsa and whole tomatoes that I crushed before adding. I wonder if maybe it was these small differences that kept mine from being "bland " as some people are complaining? Anyway the fella liked it - the pineapple bits were particularly spicy and tangy and delicious - so next time I'll make it the Allrecipes way and update. Read More
(40)
Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2008
I scaled this recipe in half for just two of us; even so we'll still have leftovers. I also cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces as others advised. Added about 1/4tsp cayenne pepper but I would definitely double the cumin-cinnamon seasoning if I were to make this again. Served over steamed brown basmati rice. Thanks for sharing ChristyJ! Read More
(42)
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2008
This was very tasty but I must admit that I mostly used a different recipe for Chicken Costa Brava that I found in an old cookbook. All of the ingredients are the same but some of the quantities are different: 2 whole chicken breasts instead of 5 8 oz of tomatoes instead of 14.5 1 cup of salsa instead of 1/2 cup 2 tsp of cornstarch instead of 2 tbsp and a mixture of black and green olives instead of 2 cups of black. I used a medium-heat salsa and whole tomatoes that I crushed before adding. I wonder if maybe it was these small differences that kept mine from being "bland " as some people are complaining? Anyway the fella liked it - the pineapple bits were particularly spicy and tangy and delicious - so next time I'll make it the Allrecipes way and update. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2004
I'll admit that I was very wary of the combination of the ingredients. I was pleasantly surprised as were my dinner guests. The word to describe this dish is complex. As others have noted every bite is different but they work together. It definitely will get the guests talking. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
This recipe is awesome!! I serve it over white rice. There is a different flavor with every bite and never any leftovers!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
I added mandarin oranges green olives and curry to this wonderful dish. I could've eaten the sauce alone it was so chuncky and flavorful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
I am glad my family likes to try different international dishes or I would have never made this wonderful chicken dish! It is so good! I used a whole chicken and the only complaint was that some of the pieces (like the wings)were hard to pick up and eat because of the great sauce that covers the chicken. I will try boneless breats cut into strips next time I make it which will probably be very soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
OMG!! This is SOOOO good!! The only changes that I made were to add extra onion (we love them) and leave out the corn starch. Try it You won't be sorry!! Yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
This was a very attractive dish. I used half the olives and found there were still plenty. The dish does have an unusual flavour but it is still very good. It would be a nice addition to a pot luck. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
Sweet and spicy! Fantastic flavor combination; even the BF who usually forgoes spicy foods said this was a winner. Earlier suggestions to cut chicken into bite-sized pieces seem to be a good idea as we liked this over rice and it would've made it a little neater to eat. All in all a delicious meal. Thanks for this submission! Read More
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