Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites is a delicious dish with chunks of fried chicken and pineapple coated in a sweet Asian lemon pineapple sauce.
Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites is a delicious dish with chunks of fried chicken and pineapple coated in a sweet Asian lemon pineapple sauce.

Do you enjoy lemon chicken? I sure do! Today I want to share a recipe for lemon pineapple chicken bites that is really, really good!

I found the original recipe online, and added a couple ingredients (pineapple being one of them). Then I changed the measurements of a few ingredients, and slightly tweaked the cooking process for the sauce.

All that said, these lemon pineapple chicken bites ended up being absolutely delicious! My husband, son and I enjoyed it very much.

This dish is best when eaten the same day it’s made, but we did have enough leftovers for 2 more meals (easily reheated in our microwave). Here’s how to make lemon pineapple chicken bites.

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Make The Lemon Pineapple Sauce

The first thing to do is make the lemon pineapple sauce. It’s really easy! Simply combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl, and stir it very well, until combined and brown sugar has dissolved.

The sauce ingredients are: sesame oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, pineapple juice, brown sugar, pepper, white vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

Later, this Asian-inspired sauce will be cooked and thickened using cornstarch before adding the cooked chicken and pineapple. Set it aside for now.

Asian lemon pineapple sauce is made by combining ingredients in a bowl.

Prepare The Chicken

Pat the boneless, skinless chicken breasts dry and then cut them into bite-sized pieces (in approximately 2″ cubes). Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. 

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are cut into 2" cubes.

The next step is battering the chicken pieces before they are fried.  Here’s how to do that (and yes, it’s a bit messy).

  1. In one bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, place an egg and milk, and whisk to combine.
  2. Fully cover the pieces of chicken in the flour mixture (coat several at a time)
  3. Place the flour covered chicken pieces into the milk mixture and turn to coat (coat several at a time). Let excess egg drip back into the bowl.
  4. Coat the pieces of chicken again in the flour mixture. Now they are ready to be cooked.

Seasoned chicken pieces are coated in a flour/egg batter before frying.

Cook The Chicken Bites

Heat oil on Medium heat in large skillet until very hot, but not smoking. Fry the coated chicken pieces in hot oil until all sides are browned and the chicken is cooked through. You may need to do this in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan.

Once fully cooked through, transfer the chicken pieces to paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat this process until all the chicken pieces are cooked.

Battered chicken pieces are cooked and browned in hot oil in skillet.Fried chicken bites drain on paper towels after they're done cooking.

Cook The Lemon Pineapple Sauce

Measure 3 Tablespoons of the reserved lemon pineapple sauce into a small bowl. Add 2½ Tablespoons of cornstarch and whisk or stir until this mixture is blended and lump-free.

Pour the remaining lemon pineapple sauce into a large skillet (big enough to hold all the chicken). Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

Add the cornstarch mixture, and whisk or stir it well to incorporate it fully into the sauce. The sauce will thicken very quickly!

Cornstarch is mixed into a small amount of the Asian sauce in a bowl.The remaining Asian sauce is brought to a boil in a large skillet.

Add Remaining Ingredients To The Sauce

Once the sauce thickens, immediately add the chicken pieces and the pineapple chunks. Stir well, to fully coat the chicken and pineapple with sauce.

Cook on MEDIUM-LOW, stirring constantly, only until everything is heated through, then remove the skillet from the heat. Now you’re ready to serve this dish!

When sauce thickens, chicken and pineapple are added and heated through.

Serve The Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites

Garnish the lemon pineapple chicken bites with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and a lemon slice, if desired. These are optional, of course, but add a pop of color and flavor to an already yummy main dish!

Serve immediately while the chicken is hot! I highly recommend serving this dish with rice or noodles on the side.

This time (while photographing the recipe steps) I served it with a twist on fried rice called Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet (recipe coming SOON). It was a wonderful accompaniment to this meal.

Lemon pineapple chicken bites, served with Asian fried orzo on the side.Lemon slice and green onions garnish the lemon pineapple chicken bites.

Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites taste wonderful, and I really believe you’ll enjoy them, too! The chicken is tender and has fantastic flavor, thanks to that delicious, lip-smackin’ Asian sauce!

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Recipe adapted from: Abeer Rizvi, at http://cakewhiz.com/chinese-lemon-chicken-recipe/

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Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites is a delicious dish with chunks of fried chicken and pineapple coated in a sweet Asian lemon pineapple sauce.

Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: lemon pineapple chicken bites
Servings: 5
Calories Per Serving: 608 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Chicken:
  • pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 2" cubes
  • cups all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper, to season chicken
  • 1 cup low-fat milk (1%)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying chicken)
For Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chicken broth (or water)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • cup brown sugar dark or light
  • cup pineapple juice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 large lemons (juice of) remove lemon zest before juicing
  • teaspoons lemon zest
  • Tablespoons cornstarch added at end of cooking
Remaining Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks about ½ a 20 oz. can, drained
  • green onions (OPTIONAL GARNISH) thinly sliced
  • sesame seeds (OPTIONAL GARNISH) sprinkle as desired
Instructions
  1. Combine sauce ingredients (except cornstarch) in a bowl; stir well, until combined.

  2. Pat chicken dry. Cut into about 2" cubes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. 

  3. Batter the chicken: In one bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. In separate bowl, whisk egg and milk to combine. Roll chicken in flour mixture until covered (several at a time), then roll and cover them in milk/egg mixture, letting excess drip back into bowl. Coat chicken again in flour mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken.

  4. Heat oil on Medium heat in large skillet until very hot, but not smoking. Fry battered chicken pieces (in small batches) in the hot oil until all sides have browned and chicken is cooked through. Once fully cooked, transfer chicken onto paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat process until all chicken is cooked.

  5. Measure 3 Tablespoons of the reserved sauce into a small bowl. Add cornstarch; mix well, until combined/lump-free. Pour remaining sauce into a large skillet. Bring sauce to a boil, stirring often; cook for 1 minute. Add cornstarch mixture. Whisk to incorporate it into the sauce, which will thicken quickly!

  6. Once sauce thickens, immediately add chicken and pineapple. Stir to fully coat them with sauce. Cook on MEDIUM-LOW, stirring constantly, only until everything is heated through; remove skillet from the heat.

  7. Serve immediately. Garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and a lemon slice, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/5 of total))
Calories 608 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 661mg29%
Potassium 856mg24%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 223IU4%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites

  1. Delicious Janet! I tried it tonight with cod and we loved it! I did add some stir fry veggies as well.

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