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 135 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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119 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such a delicious meal! love the little bits of pineapples, cilantro, and the crunch of the bacon. Wow! Defetnely making this again. Thaks for the great recipe!

  2. I had normal rice and cooked mine 10 minutes longer than directed uncovered and it turned out fine.

  3. This was delicious! Passed the recipe along to my sister in law who made it the same night too and loved it. Thank you!

  4. Marlys Wojahn says:

    I had a question on what kind of minced garlic are you using? I use dry minced garlic in a jar, what would be the equivalent be?

    1. I used fresh garlic minced. You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes for every clove.

    2. PennyCandy says:

      You can find minced garlic in its juice in the produce dept at the grocery. It keeps forever, and it’s better than powders, I think.

  5. Marlys Wojahn says:

    I use dry minced in a jar. What kind do you use & what would be the correct equivalent?