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Lady J’s Pineapple Chicken

For  those of you who have been following my blog from the beginning…I am splitting my recipes from my stories. Simply to make it easier for you to read on your iPad or print out or whatever it is you do, personally…I print it out because I am a MESSY cook. I can always recycle it after…or actually toss it in the compost because it has so much food waste on it!

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 1 large, ripe pineapple ( you can tell by the sweet smell & if the top leaves are loose)
  • 2-3 cups steamed white or brown basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cups loosely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • (Thai basil if you can get it)
  • 1 cup grated/slivered carrot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp red chilli (finely chopped)
  • 8 fresh or frozen chicken thighs (if fresh, toss in freezer until just solid)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


1. Pre -heat oven to 350, spread the cashews out on a cookie sheet, roast them for about 15 minutes, until nicely ‘tanned’… let cool

2. Carefully cut the pineapple in half the long way, hollow out & slice the pineapple ‘meat’?? into little chunks , put aside.

3. Pull out the lightly frozen chicken out and slice thinly across the thighs into bite-size pieces.

4. Mix together oyster sauce, fish sauce, soya sauce, brown sugar & five spice, stir & keep aside.

5. Throw the coconut oil in a large wok on low-med heat, add the onions, the garlic & the chilli, stir-fry for about 2 minutes and then remove from the pan, keep onion mixture aside. Increase heat to high, add chicken, and peppers, stir fry in a couple of batches, until chicken is light brown, return onion mixture to pan. Add the sauce mixture, pineapple & basil leaves…toss lightly, the way kids toss out their words! Gently mix in steamed rice in small batches. Serve in pineapple halves for a little extra WOW, Lady J style 😉 …and sprinkle with roasted nuts.

Enjoy this dish with a cold beer, great friends and the funniest of stories…if you don’t have one, go ahead…share mine ! Or at least share the blog … happy tossing !

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