Sauteed Chicken Breasts With Pineapple and Jalapeno Chilies
This was in an AP article published in the local newspaper.
- Ready In:
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 12 ounces package fresh pineapple chunks (1 3/4 cups)
- 1⁄2 cup orange juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer on a work surface and cover with plastic wrap. Using a heavy skillet or a rolling pin, pound them until flattened to about 1/2 inch thick.
- In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Dredge both sides of each breast in the seasoned flour.
- In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat the oil and butter. Add the chicken breasts and cook until they are well browned on both sides and no longer pink at the center, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer them to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Do not clean the skillet.
- While the chicken breasts are cooking, drain the juice from the pineapple into a measuring cup. Add enough orange juice to total 3/4 cup. Stir in the cornstarch, then set aside.
- Return the skillet to the stove over medium-low. Add the drained pineapple and brown sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the pineapple begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chilies and garlic and stir until the garlic is beginning to color, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in the reserved juice. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook until thickened and reduced slightly, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro, then serve, spooned over the chicken breasts.
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We loved this dish! It's easy to prepare and the flavor is wonderful. I kept the chicken hot in a 225 degree oven. The only negative was that the sauce never did thicken so I would suggest increasing the cornstarch to 3/4 tsp or maybe even a bit more. I did double the jalapeno because we enjoy our food hot and spicy (but it really wasn't). I think the sweetness of the pineapple decreased the heat of the pepper. FYI. Oh!, I also used canned pineapple. This is a keeper. Thanks for posting. :)