Pressure Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken, A Semi-sweet Asian Influenced Dish

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I almost called this “Hawaiian Chicken”, but I realized that just because something has pineapple in it doesn’t give me the right to call anything “Hawaiian”, so “Pineapple Chicken” it is! I was kind of going for Hawaiian flavors, but this isn’t exactly a traditional Hawaiian dish. It is more of a semi-Teriyaki-BBQ type dish.

Pineapple Chicken Ingredients

Quick and tasty, this is an excellent dish for a “school night”.

Let’s start by browning a couple pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs. Since many of you seem to be using the Instant Pot these days, I used the “normal” sauté mode for this. Work in batches and remove chicken to a plate after browning.

Ginger Chopped

When chicken has all been browned, sauté some ginger and garlic for 30 seconds or so, stirring continuously.

Add an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple,  1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a tablespoon of hoisin sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Pineapple Chicken Liquid

Place the chicken back in the pot.

Turn off sauté mode and lock the top on the pot.

Pineapple Chicken Cooked

Switch to manual mode and set for 15 minutes at high pressure.

When time is up, turn sauté mode to “normal”.

Pineapple Chicken Thickened

Stir some cornstarch and water together, add to the pot and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring often until thickened.

Serve with sticky rice and a vegetable.

Garnish with sliced scallions

Pressure Cooker Pineapple Chicken
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian American
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Serves: 4 servings
A Hawaiian-inspired dish, similar to teriyaki, delicious with sticky rice and a vegetable.
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 pounds boneless-skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 thumb sized piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup soy sauce (Aloha brand if you can find it)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water plus ⅓ cup water to mix with cornstarch
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus some salt and pepper for seasoning chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Scallions for garnish
  1. With sauté mode on "normal", heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  2. Brown chicken on both sides, seasoning with some salt and pepper, and remove to plate, working in batches
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 30 seconds, continuously stirring
  4. Add ½ cup water, pineapple, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce and salt
  5. Stir it all together and add chicken back to the pot
  6. Turn off sauté mode and lock top on pressure cooker
  7. On manual setting, set to high pressure for 15 minutes
  8. When time is up, let pressure come down on its own for ten minutes then do a quick release
  9. Set sauté mode to "normal"
  10. Make a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and ⅓ cup water and stir into sauce for 3-4 minutes to thicken
  11. Serve with sticky rice and a vegetable
  12. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions


Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Plate Lunch Style Macaroni Salad Made Quicker

Mac Salad Plate4

Alright, let me clear up a couple things from the get-go. Yes, it is called Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, but that does not mean that it has pineapple in it. There is NO pineapple in this, and simply adding pineapple to something does not make it Hawaiian. Also, this is in no way, shape or form intended to be a healthy dish, so please do not try to substitute Low Fat Mayo, skim milk or brown rice (or spelt, etc.) macaroni. Any of those changes will automatically render this dish Non-Hawaiian.

Mac Salad Ingredients

This dish is meant to emulate the creamy, decadent macaroni salad that is typically served with the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. If you have never had a plate lunch, it usually comes with one or two entrees such as Teriyaki Chicken or Kalua Pig, with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. It is definitely not “diet” food, but it is definitely delicious. I will admit, though, that I have used less mayo and milk than most recipes call for (believe it or not).

Celery Scallion

I have found that adding the vinegar to the water while cooking the pasta will permeate the macaroni with vinegar flavor, giving it the “tangy” quality that restaurant versions have. If you taste the macaroni by itself, you may find it kind of odd tasting, but once it is all mixed together you will have a tangy, tasty treat.

Grated Carrot

I made this in the electric pressure cooker, so that is how I wrote the recipe. You can easily use a stovetop model using the same timing. But make sure that you are cooking on LOW pressure, so as not to overcook the macaroni.

Start by dumping the macaroni into the pressure cooker pot.

Add 1/2 cup rice vinegar and about 2-1/2 cups water (liquid should just barely cover the macaroni, adjust as needed). Apple cider vinegar will also work, but I prefer the milder taste of Rice Vinegar.

Add a tablespoon of oil to help reduce foaming and salt the water liberally.

Place the top on the pressure cooker and set for LOW pressure.

Set the time for half the time that is listed on the macaroni package (mine said 9-11 minutes, I set the time for 5 minutes). You want the macaroni to be soft and fluffy, not al dente, so that it will easily absorb the dressing.

While the macaroni is cooking, get your dressing ready. In a bowl whisk together 1-1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup milk, a tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, a couple teaspoons prepared mustard, a tablespoon of brown sugar and one teaspoon of onion powder. This mixture will look thin, but once it is blended into the macaroni and some of it is absorbed it will be just right.

Mac Salad Dressing

When time is up, do a quick release. Remove the top and let it sit for about a minute.

Transfer the macaroni to a colander and quickly rinse with cold water. Drain for a few minutes, then transfer macaroni to a large bowl.

Macaroni Cooked

Add about 1/4 cup grated carrot, 2 stalks finely chopped celery and 3 finely chopped scallions and mix together. I used the medium side of a box grater for the carrot.

Pour the mayo/milk mixture over macaroni and stir it all together.

Taste and add salt, if needed.

Mac Salad Mixing

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.

Top with freshly ground black pepper and/or paprika, if desired.

For authentic plate lunch, serve with white rice and an entree, such as teriyaki chicken. It is also a great side for just abut anything, Hawaiian or not!

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Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Hawaiian
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Serves: 8-12 servings
The Hawaiian plate lunch staple made quicker and tangier by using the pressure cooker
  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups water (approximately)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise (not "Lite")
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup grated carrot
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  1. Dump macaroni into pressure cooker pot
  2. Add the rice vinegar and about 2-1/2 cups water (liquid should just barely cover the macaroni, adjust as needed)
  3. Add the oil (to help reduce foaming) and salt the water liberally
  4. Place top on pressure cooker and set for LOW pressure
  5. Set time for half the time listed on macaroni package (mine said 9-11 minutes, I set time for 5 minutes. You want the macaroni to be soft and fluffy, not al dente)
  6. While macaroni is cooking, in a bowl whisk together mayonnaise, milk, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, brown sugar and onion powder
  7. When time is up, do a quick release
  8. Transfer macaroni to colander and quickly rinse with cold water and drain for a few minutes
  9. In a large bowl mix together macaroni, carrot, celery and scallion
  10. Pour mayo/milk mixture over macaroni and stir it all together
  11. Taste and add salt, if needed
  12. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
  13. Top with freshly ground black pepper and/or paprika, if desired


Sneak Peek – Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Coming This Weekend – Macaroni Salad Made Quicker In The PC!

Mac Salad

My favorite part of the Hawaiian “Plate Lunch”, is probably the macaroni salad that comes with it. Creamy, tangy and oh so unhealthy. But tasty as heck. And no, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is not Macaroni salad with pineapple in it. A lot of folks seem to think you can toss a handful of pineapple into anything and it magically becomes “Hawaiian”. But this dish earned its moniker simply because it is the kind of macaroni salad that is served in Hawaii, with nary a pineapple chunk in sight.

This is not a one pot meal like a lot of pressure cooker recipes. The macaroni is cooked under pressure, with a twist that gives it the characteristic tang of the original.

Come by on the weekend to learn the secret. Mahalo!