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Pineapple Curry Chicken

Curry has a moderate to strong flavor, so add it early in the cooking process for good balance with pineapple, coconut and ginger. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed (12 ounces each)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • Toasted sweetened shredded coconut, optional


  • Drain pineapple, reserving 3/4 cup juice. Place the chicken, beans, vegetables and pineapple in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in the sugar, curry powder, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, lime juice, pepper flakes and reserved juice; pour over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for until chicken is tender, 6-8 hours. Serve with rice; sprinkle with basil and, if desired, coconut.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without rice and coconut): 470 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 5g fiber), 59g protein.

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  • hjberube
    Jul 2, 2020

    Enjoyed this recipe a lot -- we found it very flavorful, not bland at all. I did make it with boneless chicken breast, which was fully cooked at about 4 1/2 hours. I took out the breasts, shredded them, and returned them to the crock pot -- my family agreed that having the chicken in smaller pieces made for more sauce per bite of chicken and probably increased the flavor. I added all veggies from the beginning and used light coconut milk. We will make this again.

  • PrplMonky5
    Jul 31, 2019

    I cut the recipe in half and used boneless skinless chicken breasts. I also used regular coconut milk, not light. I put the chicken, pineapple, beans and "sauce" mixture in the slow cooker for about 4.5 hours. I then added in the carrots, onion and red pepper, and cooked an additional 30 minutes or so. This way the veggies didn't turn into mush and still had some crispness. We found that there was potential for a good flavor but it fell a little flat. I had to add salt to my bowl, something I very rarely do. I think next time I'd increase the curry powder and salt for a more robust flavor. Despite the blandness of the dish, I'd try it again and tweak it, because I think it had potential.

  • JGa2595176
    Mar 30, 2016

    We very much enjoyed this dish and will be making again. Great flavor combinations with the chicken, red pepper, pineapple, garbanzo beans, coconut milk, curry, carrots. May add eggplant next time too! We did add a bit more salt and some cayenne pepper to the pot to kick it up a bit. Fantastic weekend meal, as it's a crockpot dish. But classy enough for guests! A keeper!

  • danielleylee
    Mar 27, 2015

    Very easy and flavorful. The chicken was very tender and had just the right sweetness. I had to sub out the chickpeas for white beans but it turned out perfect for a Friday supper.

  • FarronTighe
    Feb 3, 2013

    Curry and pineapple is a great mix. I changed it up a little for my own taste. Slow cooker'd it. 1 onion, cup of mushroom sliced, half red pepper sliced thrown in the pan cooked down with coconut milk, blackened chicken put in slow cooker, pour veggies and coconut milk over chicken, add parsley, tsp coriander, tsp cumin, tsp nutmeg quarter cup curry powder, clove of garlic mashed then diced,salt pepper to taste. Cooked on high for 2 hours, browned pineapple in pan added it with fresh unbrowned pineapple. serve on rice noodle. Delicious

  • OMArchitect
    Apr 14, 2012

    The next time I make this I will reduce the liquid - as it's consistency wasn't as thick as I like. I will also add more curry.

  • katiemueller
    Mar 31, 2012

    No comment left

  • mhpmom
    Mar 19, 2012

    I loved the blend of flavors. Delish!! and my kids ate it right up.

  • kwinterrowd
    Mar 11, 2012

    Dish was just bland. It needed some salt, sweet or something just did not have much flavor.

  • GzNKz4evr
    Mar 9, 2012

    Very tasty and easy to make. I didn't have sweet red pepper so I omitted that. I also used ground ginger as I was out of fresh. Kids gobbled it up. Will definitely make again.