Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole

Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole - Family Fresh Meals Recipe

Ever notice how you can make anything taste Hawaiian by putting pineapple in it?

I’ve already used this trick a couple of times with chicken, once in a Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ and once in a foil packet dinner for the grill. And those are both good, but neither one is a true one-dish meal – something you can just pop on the table and serve, with no need for side dishes.

Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole Recipe - Served in a white casserole dish

This Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole fills that need. It’s got all the makings of a meal – chicken, rice, and veggies – in one casserole dish. And it’s all swimming in a tangy, salty-sweet pineapple sauce that gives it a real Hawaiian flavor.

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Better still, it comes together in no time. You use instant white rice in the casserole, so you don’t need to cook it first – just throw it in the dish with the veggies, chicken, and sauce, and it cooks up right in the pot, soaking up the juices of the chicken and sauce as it softens. So instead of being just a lump of bland white starch on the side, the rice is every bit as flavorful as the meat and veggies.

Whipping up a batch of this Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole is the fastest and easiest way to whisk yourself away to Hawaii for an evening.

Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole - Blue serving spoon scooping out casserole

Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole

Printable recipe directions and ingredient list at bottom of post
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. I used an 11 x 7-inch dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and chicken broth.Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole - diced chicken, rice, soy sauce, peppers, onion, sugar and chicken broth in a large glass bowl
  3. Add uncooked rice, onion, bell pepper, pineapple and it’s juices and chicken. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 50 minutes. Once cooking is done, uncover and stir ingredients.Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole - Pineapple with juices poured into glass bowl
  4. Return the dish to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender.
    Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Top with diced bacon and cilantro.Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole - Served in a white casserole dish

 

4.93 from 134 votes

Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole

Author Corey Valley
This Aloha Pineapple Chicken Rice Casserole fills that need. It’s got all the makings of a meal – chicken, rice, and veggies – in one casserole dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked instant white rice
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 20 ounce can pineapple tidbits in juice, NOT drained
  • 1 lb. thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Optional garnish: chopped cilantro and diced cooked bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. I used an 11 x 7-inch dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and chicken broth.
  • Add uncooked rice, onion, bell pepper, pineapple and it's juices and chicken. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 50 minutes. Once cooking is done, uncover and stir ingredients.
  • Return the dish to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Top with diced bacon and cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 36.7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.6mg

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115 Comments

  1. Looks awesome! Pinning this one for later!

  2. Amanda Ramsey says:

    4 stars
    Looks delicious! Can I use a brown rice/quinoa blend?

  3. Could you make this in the crock pot? If so, would you do the same, esp. the rice? Time and temp?

    1. I would be interested to know that as well

  4. Sounds delicious! Definitely pinning and trying this one. Thank you!

    1. Mine tasted good but just looks brown from the soy sauce. How did yours not tuen brown? The pineapple too

    2. Ashley Johnson says:

      Just made this tonight and the edges of my casserole dish got burned too. I just scooped the food around the burned parts. Not sure what I did wrong but other than that it was really good. I added a few extra seasonings not listed for more flavor.

  5. Pam Evans says:

    How can this be made with non instant brown rice?

    1. Pam, I have only made this recipe as written, so I cannot say for sure. If you do try the brown rice, please let us know how it turns out!

    2. I made it with non instant white rice. It works just fine. Just make sure you have enough liquid for your rice. This turned out perfect fit us. It cooks long enough to cook the rice fully. I would almost think that instant rice would be too cooked in the juices for an hour.

    3. 4 stars
      You’re right. I made this recipe tonight as written, with the instant rice and it was really mushy. I will definitely try it with standard rice next time. We loved the flavor and it was easy which I love!

    4. Thank you I was wondering about very thing!

    5. I’m doing this tonight for the first time. Any tips with the non instant rice?

    6. So, did you add any extra liquid to the recipe?