Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs
This is a flavorful dish that comes together with rather common ingredients. Quick to put together with a minimum of utensils. Serve over rice or flat noodles. Yummy stuff.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • THE CHICKEN

  • 1 Tbspgrapeseed oil, or other non-flavored variety

  • 1 Tbspsweet butter, unsalted

  • 4 mediumchicken thighs, skinless, boneless

  • THE SAUCE

  • 2 cfiltered water

  • 2/3 ctamari sauce or liquid aminos

  • 1/2 capple cider vinegar

  • 2/3 ccoconut sugar

  • 4 ozdiced green chiles, 1 small can, drained

  • 1 Tbspfresh ginger, grated, or 1/2 tablespoon ginger powder

  • 1 tsptoasted sesame oil

  • 8 ozpineapple chunks, 1 small can, drained

  • ·white pepper, to taste

  • OPTIONAL GARNISH ITEMS

  • ·parsley, freshly, chopped

  • ·toasted sesame seeds

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

  1. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    PREP/PREPARE

  2. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    You will need a good size ovenproof skillet with a cover, to make this recipe.

  3. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    You will note that my photos reflect making these in All-Clad mini pans. I assume you will be using a large pan for all 4-chicken thighs and that is how the instructions are written. What I did is divide the recipe ingredients by four and divided them among the four pans. Regardless of whether you use one pan or four, the recipe steps remain the same.

  4. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    When it comes to diced green chiles in a tin, my favorite brand, hands down, is Hatch. They come mild, medium or hot. And the great news is that if you do not use the whole can, you can freeze what is left and save for another recipe.

  5. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    I made this recipe with boneless/skinless chicken thighs; however, you could use any part of the chicken; even bone-in. But make sure it is skinless. The skin adds too much fat to sauce. Come to think about it, this recipe might do well with beef or even pork. However, I am not willing to go there… yet.

  6. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).

  7. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a bowl, and reserve.

  8. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    The best way to accomplish this is to whisk everything together, except the pineapple chunks, and when combined add the pineapple chunks to the bowl.

  9. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium heat.

  10. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    When the foaming subsides, give the skillet a swirl and add the chicken thighs.

  11. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Cook about 2 – 3 minutes per side.

  12. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    You want them to brown slightly on the outside, but not cook through. This helps to create additional levels of flavor for the recipe.

  13. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Remove the chicken from the skillet and reserve.

  14. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Add the reserved sauce ingredients to the skillet, bring up to a simmer, then use a wooden spoon to scrap up any brown bits that formed during the cooking of the chicken and dissolve them into the liquid.

  15. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Those browned bits are called “fonds” and they are little dried nuggets of flavor.

  16. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Continue to simmer for 5 – 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  17. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Add the chicken thighs and cook covered for about 8 – 10 minutes.

  18. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    During this time, turn the chicken every 4 -5 minutes.

  19. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Remove the lid and remove the chicken, then continue to simmer and reduce the sauce, about an additional 15 – 18 minutes.

  20. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Once the sauce begins to thicken, it is close to being finished, whether you have met the prescribed time or not. It is ready when it will coat the back of a spoon.

  21. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    While the sauce is simmering and thickening, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.

  22. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Add the chicken back to the pan and allow to warm through… about 3 – 4 minutes.

  23. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    PLATE/PRESENT

  24. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    I like to serve this rustic, right in the skillet, and let people scoop out a portion. I also have a nice bowl of steamed rice on the side. Enjoy.

  25. Poultry Essentials: Pineapple Soy Chicken Thighs

    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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