Bahama-Mama Pork Chops or Chicken
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- In medium bowl, blend reserved pineapple juice with cornstarch.
- Stir in pineapple, chili sauce, raisins, sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.
- In large skillet, lightly brown chops or chicken in oil and drain.
- Pour pineapple mixture over chops or chicken.
- Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until meat is cooked throughout.
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A few suggestions may be in order for this recipe. First, the chops should be sprinkled with a good sized pinch of salt before cooking. Maybe a few twists from the pepper mill might be a good idea as well. [Editor's note: The recipe was updated on 8/20/2002 as a result of this comment.] I recomend using pineapple chunks in their own juice rather than the sweetened ones. Finally, cut back slightly on the amount of cornstarch so the gravy doesn't come out quite so thick.
If I hadn't prepared supper myself, I would have sworn I was eating in some wonderful restaurant! What a wonderful combination of flavors! I used 1" boneless loin pork chops but unfortunately, I didn't have any chili sauce on hand, so I added a couple tablespoons of ketchup in its place. I used dark brown sugar and just a touch more than requested. I have to say I loved the raisins in ths dish! I used the extra plump and juicy ones and I will add even more next time! Since I was dining alone I didn't bother to complete the meal with side dishes, but I would recommned rice and steamed green beans with slivered almonds to accompany this wonderful dish! Thank you so much Papergoddess, for posting this wonderful recipe for us to share!
Ah, does life get much better? Delicious AND easy to prepare! Just my sort of recipe! I used a Thai garlic chili pepper sauce and got a great pepper 'bite'. I used just a bit more cornstarch because I wanted a thicker sauce to stay on the chicken rather than running off and it worked great. Served over jasmine rice and my wife and I both loved it. Thanks, PG, for finding this recipe.
We really enjoyed this as a quick dinner on a weeknight. DH loves raisins so I knew he would like it. Adult DD happened to be home at the time, so she had some also. She can be picky, especially about things she has never tried before, but she enjoyed this as well. Her cell phone rang during dinner, and she was bragging to her friend at the other end about the great dinner she was eating! I used three large chicken breast, pounded thin. I want to try it also with pork chops. I served this over rice. Edited to add: I used crushed pineapple.
This recipe gets a big thumbs up from my picky DH ,and I enjoyed it too:) I used pork chops, seasoned with garlic powder (we love garlic). I didn't rinse the pan after browning, I wanted to keep the flavor. I used crushed pineapple and omitted the cornstarch (I don't use the stuff) and the raisins (DH hates them). The end result was a super tasty sweet and spicy sauce that wasn't too runny or too thick!! The kids found it a little too spicy, but us adults loved it!!!
My entire family thoroughly enjoyed this chicken dish (which I served with rice and green beans). Now, I did leave out the raisins; my son hates them and while I could have made him pick them out, he had had a bit of a rough day so I decided not to do that to him. I used the crushed pineapple instead of chunks, which made for a very thick sauce (which was fine by me). Since I had no commercial chili sauce in the house, I also substituted ketchup--but goosed it up with chili powder and other spices, to mimic the chili sauce. After tasting the dish just before serving, I felt it needed a little zing so I stirred in 1/2 tsp lemon juice, just before spooning it into the serving bowl. Thanks for a great recipe that's both easy and fast to prepare; I've already passed it along to my SIL!