Healthy Chicken Pineapple Recipe
Shared by Dr. John Wertish
Craving Some Healthy Tropical Food?
I have always enjoyed tropical food. It reminds me of being somewhere warm and on a summer vacation. Living in MN we need to destress about the winter blues and digest nutrients because of the lack sunlight and changes in lifestyle that can be an obstacle in getting our movement for the day. This recipe fills my Asian food craving and gives you a sweet flavor that stimulates the sweet taste buds. This is one fruit that can be easily overconsumed because of the levels of sugar in the fruit. That is why when I am craving fruit, I love to cook with it to add some sweetness. Pineapple is filled with vitamins and antioxidants that heal the body specifically decrease inflammation Studies demonstrate that bromelain exhibits various fibrinolytic, antiedematous, antithrombotic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Bromelain is absorbable in the body without losing its proteolytic activity. Which can help with pain and chronic stress. Enjoy!
- 1 pound chicken breasts (cut into about 1 inch cubes)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple (cubed – can substitute canned)
- 1 bell pepper (cut into about 1 inch pieces)
- 1/2 medium onion (cut into about 1 inch pieces)
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil (can sub any oil)
For the Sauce
- 3/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use 1/4 teaspoon for more spice, omit for no spice)
Chop the peppers, onion, pineapple and chicken, and set aside until ready to add to the skillet.
Cook the chicken until no longer pink. halfway through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
Add the chopped peppers, onions, and pineapple to the skillet and sauté until the peppers are tender.
Add to a small bowl, add the coconut aminos, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, arrowroot powder, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper. Whisk together until well mixed.
When the peppers are fork tender, add the sauce and cooked chicken to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil, then reduce it to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Top with sesame or hemp seeds and serve over cauliflower, white, or brown rice.
Pavan, Rajendra, Sapna Jain, and Ajay Kumar. “Properties and therapeutic application of bromelain: a review.” Biotechnology research international 2012 (2012).
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