Everyone loves some teriyaki! This Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free! With a sweet homemade sauce recipe to accompany this new family favorite dinner, weeknights just got a lot more healthy and delicious!
You know what’s delicious? Teriyaki is delicious! With a soy allergy and celiac disease, teriyaki enjoyment had been few and far between over the last 8 years. But of course, silly me, homemade would be the way to go! Teriyaki was never something I had very often growing up, more like one of those rare “mall food court” delicacies. Alas, it was one of those food flavors I always WANTED, just never seemed to get my hands (mouth) on!
Actually, I guess that’s a half lie. Bourbon chicken was the “mall food court” delicacy (loved by all rural/suburban tweens who hung out at the mall since that was the only place to go). It was actually one of the biggest hassles for our parents too. The closest mall was 35 minutes away and not very pleasant to get too. We would beg and plead, make bargains. Swapping who’s parent(s) would drop us off and pick us up. We would only end up staying there for a few hours anyway…there’s not much to do in a mall if you aren’t actually “shopping”. We did get into some mischief though (why, of course!)
Tons of dares to “do this”, challenges to “do that”, and of course seeing who was enough of a BA to go hang out in Spencer’s for awhile 😛 We would go to the mall just to hang out or “meet boys” (that we talked to on Facebook, IM, and text). Looking back, those awkward years were “fun”, embarrassing, and just something to laugh at now! The memories! My first date was at the mall 😛 Good times…haha! Besides these awkward early teen year moments, we enjoyed some delicious and (unhealthy) food while we were hanging out! From Frappuccinos, to indulgent smoothies, pizza, Panda Express, Bourbon Street Chinese, and the Lindt chocolate store. We would buy a bag full of single truffles and eat, like 15 at a time. My friend almost would make herself sick doing that, I on the other hand still had some self-control 😛
But today we’re talking about the “Asian/American” classic. Teriyaki! This non-mall, homemade version is about 50000x healthier, gluten-free, paleo, top 8 allergy-free, soy-free, etc. No greasy, heavy, questionable meat. Good old plain chicken dressed up with that delicious, sticky, sweet sauce! Did I mention its refined sugar-free too? Don’t worry, though, it is just as delicious (more than), the original take-out! I left my chicken as whole breasts, but you could chop it up as well for a stir-fry. Load the plate with some veggies and white rice…I think you’ll be pretty pleased with this healthy and easy dinner recipe!
Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients except the arrowroot starch.
- Pour the mixture into a non-stick skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the arrowroot after 5 minutes, stir into dissolve, then allow it to simmer for 2-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
- In a greased baking dish, add the chicken breasts, chopped pineapple, and scallions, then pour ⅔ of the sauce over the chicken.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked and top the chicken with the rest of the sauce to serve.
Next up? Bourbon chicken! Need to nail down a classic recipe for that one! In the meantime, this teriyaki chicken will do just fine evoking my awkward tween years! I also need to tall y’all about my Chinese take-out New Year’s Eve tradition (which was brought back last year and again last week!). For another post, though…until then…TERIYAKI CHICKEN away! (Btw, making a lot of this sauce is a great idea if you get that teriyaki craving during the week! Keep a jar in the fridge for easy access!)
So tell me:
+ What were your go-to hangout spots as a dorky tween?
+ Where was your first date? Mine was actually at the movies in the mall…but still 😛
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