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Hawaiian Chicken Bake

by Heather

Here is your new weeknight dinner – Hawaiian chicken bake!  It is quick to mix up and full of delicious sweet pineapple flavors.  A healthy balanced meal with chicken, brown rice, sauteed mini sweet peppers, plus a creamy coconut aminos sauce that brings the whole dish together.  Enjoy as-is, or serve with your favorite steamed veggie.  It’s filling, flavorful, and a meal you’ll keep coming back to! 

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Hawaiian Chicken Bake

Hawaiian chicken bake

Dinner winner right here!  This hawaiian chicken bake offers up the best sweet notes, thanks to the crushed pineapple and coconut aminos.  It balances so well with the chicken and sauteed mini bell peppers.  It’s a dream meal!

Every time I make this recipe I am instantly brought back to a Hawaiian restaurant near us.  The flavors remind me of a sweet teriyaki chicken meets barbequed pineapple meets creamy macaroni salad combination.

If that sounds like things you’d enjoy, you will LOVE this recipe!

Hawaiian Chicken Bake

How can you prep this to speed up weeknight dinners?

This recipe was made for busy weeknights!  While you could definitely not prep ahead, the ingredients used lend to simple prep in the best way.

The 2 items to prep in advance are chicken and rice.

For the chicken breast, you can roast it or boil it, shred it, and then simply store it in the fridge until it’s assembly time.

For the rice, cook in your favorite method (I love my rice cooker!), cool it, and store in the fridge until assembly.

salted mini bell peppers

The perfect mini sweet peppers

Pure Flavor® Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers are so delicious and the perfect vegetable addition to this meal!  They are sweet, have THE BEST crunch factor, and pair really well with the sweet pineapple flavors.

I pack them in lunchboxes for an easy veggie on the go, use them roasted on bowls (like my Mexican Buddha Bowls), and sauteed into this delicious dinner recipe.

No matter how you want to enjoy them, they work and are a favorite in our household!

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How to make this Hawaiian chicken bake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.  Add the sliced peppers into the pan and saute for 6-8 minutes, or until your mini sweet pepper rounds start to get some color around the edge.
  3. Add half the cooked peppers, cooked rice, shredded chicken, and pineapple into a large bowl and mix to combine.
  4. In a small bowl combine the kefir, coconut aminos, mayo, and garlic granules and whisk together.  Pour into the chicken and rice mixture and stir until fully combined.
  5. Add the Hawaiian chicken bake mixture into a large baking dish, and top with the remaining cooked peppers.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 mins, or until it is warmed through and bubbling around the edges.  Enjoy!
how to make Hawaiian Chicken Bake

How to make this meal for the busiest of nights

This Hawaiian chicken and rice casserole works super well as leftovers, leaving it the perfect recipe to prep ahead for your busiest of nights.

Here’s what you’d do.

Make it fully in advance, except for heating in the oven.  Then, if you only have a few minutes to get dinner on the table, add the chicken bake into a large pot on the stovetop, heat over medium heat while stirring until warm. 

Serve it up!

Hawaiian Chicken Bake

Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this Hawaiian baked chicken recipe. If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Brown rice – White rice or cauliflower rice work well as a substitute.

Shredded cooked chicken – You can use shredded chicken thighs, or even try it with shredded pork or beef!

Crushed pineapple – Diced pineapple will work, however, if you can give it a quick chop before adding to help distribute the pineapple throughout the casserole.

Kefir – Plain yogurt works as a great alternative, or you can increase the mayo amount.

Coconut aminos – Use a combination of soy sauce and pineapple juice (half and half) as an alternative to coconut aminos.  You can also substitute in teriyaki sauce.

Avocado oil mayonnaise – Plain yogurt or increasing the kefir will work as a substitute.

Hawaiian Chicken Bake

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Hawaiian Chicken Bake

Here is your new weeknight dinner – Hawaiian chicken bake!  It is quick to mix up and full of delicious sweet pineapple flavors.  A healthy balanced meal with chicken, brown rice, sauteed mini sweet peppers, plus a creamy coconut aminos sauce that brings the whole dish together.  Enjoy as-is, or serve with your favorite steamed veggie.  It’s filling, flavorful, and a meal you’ll keep coming back to! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: bake, bell pepper, casserole, chicken, pineapple
Servings: 6
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.  Add the sliced peppers into the pan and saute for 6-8 minutes, or until your mini sweet pepper rounds start to get some color around the edge.
  • Add half the cooked peppers, cooked rice, shredded chicken, and pineapple into a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • In a small bowl combine the kefir, coconut aminos, mayo, and garlic granules and whisk together.  Pour into the chicken and rice mixture and stir until fully combined.
  • Add the Hawaiian chicken bake mixture into a large baking dish, and top with the remaining cooked peppers.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 mins, or until it is warmed through and bubbling around the edges.  Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1076IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Hawaiian Chicken Casserole

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XO

Heather

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