Are you looking for new rice recipes to cook, that don’t take up your entire day? Try this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice – it’s ready in less than 30 minutes (fussy kids accounted for!) and just 324 calories per serving.
This quick and easy family friendly meal idea is packed with healthy vegetables, fresh pineapple and protein heavy lean chicken breast. Adding a little BBQ sauce at the end makes it extra delicious and saucy without adding a ton of oil.
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A Note from Nora
A little while ago there was this moment of utter desperation in my kitchen.My toddler Em had been sick, hadn’t eaten anything in three days (THREE DAYS!!) and I just wanted to make something she’d have an appetite for.
And something I’d have an appetite for, because if I don’t love allthethings Hawaiian BBQ then I don’t know what. (See Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos or Pineapple Pork Chops). Luckily, this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice saved the day!
How to Make Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice:
Read on for the detailed step-by-step ingredients and instructions, or scroll down for tips and the printable recipe card.
Ingredients for this chicken fried rice:
To make the fried rice:
- Chicken Breast
- Long Grain Rice
- Red Peppers
- Frozen Peas
- Barbecue Sauce
For Serving (Optional):
- Shredded Red Cabbage
- Sliced Scallions
Key steps for making my Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice:
This recipe is, as they say, peanuts. A bit of chicken browning, stir frying and boiling a pot of rice along the way. And bingo bango (yes, bingo bango, indeed), you have dinner sur la table in 30 minutes or less.
1 Cook the Rice
I don’t know about you, but I almost never have leftover rice to make fried rice.
a) I’m terrified of reheating leftover rice because it spoils so easily and b) I just don’t have leftovers because my family eats whatever they can get their hands on.
So I just cook the rice before I get started on the chicken and once it’s done I drain it in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse it under cold water until it’s cooled down.
2 Brown the Chicken and Vegetables
This is a very easy-peasy dinner, so no need to be complicated about this. Just brown the chicken for a few minutes, then add the onions and carrots to the chicken in the skillet and cook for another few minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften.
The sliced peppers and peas go in last for a few minutes, so they don’t overcook.
3 Add Pineapple and Rice:
Stir-fry the chicken and vegetables first with the pineapple chunks, then add the cooked and cooled rice and stir-fry for a minute or two.
It’s fine to get some color on the rice here, but make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet, or it may burn.
4 Finish the Dish:
As the final step, stir through the BBQ sauce and serve the rice immediately.
I like topping it with sliced red cabbage, fresh cilantro and lime juice. And my kids love roasted and chopped cashews on their portion.
Make ahead instructions:
The beauty of this is that you’ll either have another adult home with you to watch the little bundle of
fussiness joy, or that tiny person will hopefully have gone to sleep at some point.
Now a word of warning: chopped onions STINK. Like, literally, they stink up your entire fridge. So if you’re sensitive to that at all, I recommend enduring a minute of angry cries so you can cut those onions on the fly.
The carrots, pepper and pineapple (if you’re using fresh and not chunks in juice) can easily do 24h in the fridge, packed up into covered storage containers. You can also dice the chicken breast a day in advance and keep it in a separate closed food storage container.
(If you don’t have any containers, I recommend glass storage containers. Click here to see a list of my favorite glass food storage containers.)
What to Serve with Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice:
This really is an all-in-one meal, but if you want to bulk it up a little, here are some of our favorites:
Here’s the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice recipe:
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large chicken breast diced
- 1 cup long-grain rice
- 2 large onions diced
- 3 large carrots diced
- 3 large red peppers diced
- 1 cup frozen peas no need to defrost
- 1 medium pineapple diced
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- Sliced red cabbage and sliced scallions optional, to serve
- Cook the rice according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- In the meantime, heat the oil in a large 12-inch skillet. Brown the chicken, this will take about 3-5 minutes. Add the onion and carrot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, while stirring often. Add the peppers and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the peas and pineapple and cook for another for another 3 minutes or until the peas are thawed and piping hot, stirring often. Add the cooked and rinsed rice and cook for 2 minutes again, stirring constantly.
- Finally, stir through the BBQ sauce and serve immediately with sliced red cabbage and scallions, if you like.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)
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First shared on Food Fanatic as Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Fried Rice.