Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice is a super easy and creative way to enjoy a combination of fresh pineapple and chicken fried rice cooked in a traditional sauce blend. You not only get to enjoy those summertime flavors, but you’ll feel as though you stepped right into vacation mode — especially when you get to eat it directly from inside of the pineapple!
This post has been written in partnership with Success Rice. All opinions are mine alone.
Nothing says freshness like a whole pineapple! This is why recipes such as these are fun to make. You can get the entire family involved, and the result is a dish that tastes just as good as it looks. Loading all the goodness from the ingredients into a pineapple “boat” will most definitely make this dish Instagram-worthy.
And why not turn a typical side dish of fried rice into the main course? Cooking this dish with flavorful chicken breast, veggies, and eggs will make this a full meal in itself. And using Success Rice as the base of this recipe means you can go from the wok to the table in no time.
And let’s not forget about the sauce that brings this all home. It’s a traditional take on the flavors you get from that delicious Chinese takeout. Follow that up with a touch of sweetness from the fresh pineapple, and I think we have a winner.
Ingredients you’ll need to make this fried rice recipe:
Since rice is the most important aspect of this recipe, let’s begin with that. Success Rice is the perfect choice because it results in the perfect rice in just 10 minutes. I find their White Rice or Jasmine Rice works best with this recipe. You’ll season your rice with ground ginger, garlic powder, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and onion powder.
Next up is the chicken. You’ll need boneless chicken breast and a simple blend of smoked paprika, black pepper, and Himalayan pink salt to season.
And you can’t make pineapple fried rice without pineapple. If you plan to use the whole pineapple to create a serving “boat,” you’ll need a whole fresh pineapple. However, if you are serving it on a platter or in a bowl, you can forgo the whole pineapple for fresh pre-cut pineapple chunks.
Keeping in with the “keep in simple” theme, grab a frozen blend of carrots, corn, and peas.
To give the fried rice that Chinese takeout flavor, the sauce you’ll blend into the recipe is quite traditional. You’ll need low-sodium soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce (you can use the regular version as well), Chinese cooking wine, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
In the end, we’ll fold in the scrambled eggs.
How to make pineapple chicken fried rice:
This easy fried rice recipe comes together quickly. Plus, it’s totally customizable, so you can make it your own:
Slice your whole pineapple in half, cut through the pineapple vertically and horizontally, and use a large spoon to scoop out and remove the pineapple from the inside.
Cook your seasoned chicken and set it to the side for a later step.
In your wok, sauté your frozen veggies. Any diced vegetable is great in this step, so feel free to swap out for your favorites.
Add in your chicken.
Add cooked cold day-old Succes Rice and fold in your rice seasonings. Fried rice is typically made with white long-grain rice, but you can substitute Jasmine, Basmati, and even Brown Success Rice.
Add that delicious sauce! If you don’t have Chinese cooking wine, you can substitute dry sherry. And don’t forget about the garlic!
Add those chunky pieces of pineapple.
Move everything to the side and scramble your egg in the middle of the wok or pan. You can also quickly scramble your eggs in a separate pan and fold them into your rice.
Toss everything together and serve in your pineapple boat.
Fried Rice: FAQs
Do I need a wok to make fried rice?
It’s not required. A skillet will work just fine. Using a wok helps keep the rice in check, so it doesn’t fly all over the place while you’re combing your ingredients.
Why does my rice have to be cold?
When rice is hot and fresh out of the pot, it has a very soft texture. It’s simply too wet, and the rice will clump together and may even crumble or break. Using cold, day-old rice eliminates this problem. The rice will dry out and stay uniform and whole — for the perfect fried rice!
So when you’re looking for a quick and easy meal idea or something perfect for a small gathering, try out this Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice. It’s a complete meal, and it looks fantastic!
Cook 1 bag of Success Rice according to instructions. Allow the rice to cool completely by placing it in the fridge for at least an hour. Cold, day-old rice is best.
Cut the whole pineapple in half lengthwise. Slice the inside of the pineapple vertically and horizontally and remove the pineapple by scooping out it with a spoon. You’ll use the pineapple core as a serving “boat” in a later step, so don’t discard it.
Cut chicken breast into cubes and season evening with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
Pre-heat the wok/skillet to medium-high heat and cook chicken for 5 minutes or until all pink is removed. Remove from heat.
Add carrot, corn, and peas, mix into the wok and saute for 4 to 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, scramble your eggs. Move your veggies to one side of your wok and place the butter in the center of the wok. Add eggs to the center and scramble.
Add cold Success Rice, chicken, sauce, rice seasonings, and garlic into your wok and mix. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
Add low-sodium soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and sesame oil into a small bowl, then whisk. Fold sauce into other ingredients.
Toss diced pineapples into the wok. Remove from heat and serve by placing the fried rice in the hollow pineapple half. Serve immediately.
If you are serving it on a platter or win a bowl, you can forgo the whole pineapple for fresh pre-cut pineapple chunks.
If you don’t have Chinese cooking wine, you can substitute dry sherry.
You can also quickly scramble your eggs in a separate pan and fold them into your rice.