Monday, May 28, 2012

Gluten Free Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian Chicken with peppers, onions & pineapples served over brown rice.
Gluten Free & Low Sugar

This is a quick and easy rendition of a Hawaiian style chicken without any added sugar.  If you are not concerned about your sugar intake then by all means, please feel free to add 2 - 3 tbs of brown sugar to the recipe and omit the natural sweeteners.

I also thought it was nice to cut the chicken into strips and toss it together with the rice & vegetables.  It gave it that extra sweetness I like and the saltiness melded into the rice and made a perfectly balanced dish.

  • 4 - 6 Chicken Thighs (washed and patted dry)
  • 1/2 cup Tamari gluten free Soy Sauce (Reduced Sodium)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water (if you prefer a less salty taste use a bit more water)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
  • 2 - 4 packets Xylitol Sweetener  (substitute 2 - 3 Tbs sugar, omit the sweeteners)
  • 2 - 4 packets of Stevia Sweetener
  • 1 Tbs Sriracha Sauce (more if you like it spicy, less if you don't like the heat)
  • 1 - 2 Cloves of fresh Garlic pressed or minced
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper - sliced
  • 1 Large Green Bell Pepper - sliced
  • 1 Large Onion - sliced
  • 1/2 can Pineapple Chunks or Rings broken into pieces
  • Coconut Oil (to cook with)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Mix Tamari Sauce, Water, Pineapple Juice, Sweeteners, Garlic & Sriracha Sauce  in a large ziploc bag.
  • Add Chicken thighs.
  • Seal the bag and toss them inside to coat.
  • Let them marinate for at least 1 hour.  The longer they marinate, the better as they absorb the flavor

  • Add a bit of coconut oil to a large, heated skillet.
  • Add sliced bell peppers & onions and stir fry them until the onions become translucent and the bell peppers start to soften
  • Add  about 1/2 of a can of either pineapple chunks or the rings that have been broken into pieces.
  • Continue cooking until the pineapples start to get a slight color on them and the vegetables are cooked.
  • Season with salt & pepper
  • Follow the directions for making your rice.  I used a brown Basmati Rice so it takes a bit longer to cook.  You can start the rice just before you start the vegetables or make it the night before so everything will be ready together.
  • Use an outdoor (or indoor) Grill or a Grill Pan to cook the chicken
  • Heat the Grill/Pan.
  • Gently shake off excess marinade from chicken pieces.
  • Do not crowd them on the grill
  • Leave them alone on a med to med high heat to cook.
Enjoy!  Be sure to adjust the marinade to your taste.  More sweetener if you like it sweeter and less Tamari if you don't like too much salt.