Hawaiian Hula Chicken

Week two of school is under way. I am finally feeling like I have my feet back under me and we are getting some work and learning done.

My class is really sweet…sometimes its hard to get any work done because they want to talk to me and tell me EVERYTHING.

Today one little girl followed me into my room and said “Mrs. Skinner, I think your first name is beautiful.”

“Thanks” I said

“Debra” the little girl said in a dreamy voice.

“You know that’s not my name right?” I said stifling a laugh.

“Are you sure?” she said.

“Yep, pretty sure.” I responded.

The weather around here is down right terrible. I almost needed mittens at recess today. So I figured we need something for supper that reminds us of sun, summer and happier times.

Enter the Hula Chicken.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

This meal seems like it will be Hawaii in a bowl…and I love Hawaii. So, so much.

I started by making the sauce. In a saucepan I combined

  • 1.5 cups of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

I brought it to a boil and stirred in a mixture of 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water. Once it thickened I removed it from the heat.

I cubed up my chicken breasts, seasoned it with salt and pepper and cooked it in a pan for 8-10 minutes (obviously until cooked through).

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

Then I through in a chopped red pepper and let that cook another minute or two.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

I poured some sauce over top and let it all combine.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

I served this with stir fry veggies and rice and topped it with fried chow mien noodles and green onion.

Hawaiian Hula Chicken

The verdict-

“What do you think?” I said to Andrew as we took our first few bites.

“It’s ok” he said as he was crunching through a fork full “These crunchy things are throwing me off…” he continued in reference to the friend chow mien noodles.

I have to agree, they didn’t really add much to the dish and they were very crunchy which was a weird fit with the rest of this dish. In the end I can say it was ok…nothing special. I am realizing that I am not a huge fan of sauces that use ketchup in them. It just does something to it that I do not like. This wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as great as other things I have made. I’ll have to find another way to get my Hawaii fix…


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