Pininyahang Manok or Pineapple Chicken, yet another Filipino recipe, is simply chicken with vegetables cooked in white sauce wherein chunks of pineapples are added which gives this dish a delightful sweetness.  There are different variations on how people prepare this dish and while some people prefer to use coconut milk and others fresh or evaporated milk for the sauce, I, on the other hand, used whipping or all-purpose cream because I like my sauces creamier. My version is also a quick and easy one.pininyahang manok 1It was kind of spur of the moment thing when I cooked this Pineapple Chicken or Pininyahang Manok as it was really not planned at all. It just so happened that I was peeling a pineapple for snacking when a picture from a distant memory suddenly popped into my mind, I was not sure when or where it was exactly but I can tell it is a gathering with my college friends. What was clear though is that I was having this dish and for the first time. The memory was just a flash but it made such an impact that I could actually taste it in my mouth. Is that weird? Did that ever happened to you? Anyway, so since I have pineapple in my hands already, might as well cook it to fulfill a vision! 😉 Good thing, the rest of the ingredients are staple in our kitchen.

pineapple chicken

Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple chicken)
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Serves: 2-4
Pininyahang Manok or Pineapple Chicken, yet another Filipino recipe, is simply chicken with vegetables cooked in white sauce wherein chunks of pineapple are added which gives this dish a delightful sweetness.
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 500g chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, sliced
  • 200 ml all-purpose cream or whipping cream
  • ⅛ tsp ground blackpepper
  1. Heat oil in a pan under medium heat and cook carrots and potatoes for several minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Remove from oil and set aside.
  2. In same oil, saute onions and garlic until softened. Add chicken, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Lower heat and add the fish sauce and pineapple chunks. Stir then cover and simmer until chicken is tender (chicken will release its own juices).
  3. Add back the pre-cooked carrots and pototoes and also the bell peppers. Pour in the cream and stir. Season with pepper to taste. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Serve hot with steamed rice.
You add more pineapple chunks if you love pineapples and want it sweeter. Fresh or canned pineapples may be used.


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Written by Bebs

Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time. If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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  1. Maloy Shrout

    Your blog looks interesting. I am a Filipina living in Pennsylvania, USA and I thought I would try out some of your recipes. Thanks for sharing them.

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