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Chicken Sauté with Pineapple and Lemon Grass

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 50 min.
The scents of lemon grass and pineapple will fill your kitchen as this dish cooks. Serve over aromatic jasmine rice.


  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 piece ginger (about 2 inches), coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbs Thai fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 4 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbs mint, chopped


  • Place chicken broth in small saucepan. Add lemon grass, ginger, and lime zest. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in fish sauce (if using); set aside.
  • While the chicken broth mixture is simmering, warm vegetable oil over high heat in a large, non-stick skillet or wok. Toss chicken chunks in cornstarch.
  • Add chicken to heated oil in two batches; sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken, place on plate and set aside.
  • Add pineapple chunks to pan and sauté quickly, about 2 minutes.
  • Return chicken to skillet or wok. Pour chicken broth into pan through strainer, separating out lemon grass, ginger, and lime zest pieces. Discard these pieces.
  • Stir over high heat until sauce reaches simmer, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 4 minutes, until sauce has thickened lightly; add salt. Sprinkle with cilantro and mint. Serve immediately over rice or noodles.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 353
  Calories from Fat 70 (20%)
(12%)Total Fat 8g
(6%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(25%)Cholesterol 76mg
(71%)Sodium 1707mg
(37%)Potassium 1282mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
(10%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 15g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(59%)Protein 30g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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