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Meal Monday: Polynesian Chicken


As soon as January 1st hits, the only thing my brain can focus on is Spring Break.  No joke, on New Years Day, we erased our NYE countdown from our chalkboard and replaced it with a countdown to Florida.  Every year my family goes down to Southwest Florida for a week in the end of March/early April and focusing on that is about the only thing that gets me through the cold and snow that lasts in Chicago until like May.  Since I won't be jetting off to some tropical island for a couple more months, I figured I could at least make some tropical food.  Polynesian Chicken for dinner it was!

Especially because this is what we are dealing with right now... gross.


Shopping List
2 lbs chicken, cut into strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp onion, minced
3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
8 3/4 oz can of pineapple chunks - drain and reserve the juice from the can!
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
11 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained

Directions
1. Place chicken strips in an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, ginger, pepper, minced onion, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice (from the can), and orange juice.  Mix well.

3. Pour mixture over chicken, coating evenly.


4. Cover baking dish and refrigerate one hour or up overnight, turning the chicken once.

5. When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Cook, COVERED, for 30 minutes.

7.  Uncover baking dish and cook for 20-25 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

8. Remove chicken from baking dish and set aside.


9. Pour pan juices into a medium saucepan.

10. Combine cornstarch and water with pan juices and heat until thickened and bubbly.  Mine took about 4 minutes.


11. Carefully stir in pineapple and oranges and warm through.  Another 2 minutes.


12. Pour over chicken and serve with cooked rice.

Enjoy!

22 comments

  1. Florida sounds AMAZING right now, esp since St. Louis got 12 inches yesterday...which I know, is nothing compared to Chicago but its a lot! Where in Southwest Florida?

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  2. YUM! that looks amazing!

    Stay warm it's supposed to get below 0 here tomorrow...brrrrrrrrr

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  3. Love this recipe! My dad used to make it for our family when I was younger.

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  4. Yum!! As always your Monday meals have my mouth watering!! Good luck with the temps lady - it's headed my way tomorrow! BOO!

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  5. I don't think I've ever tried anything like this but it sounds so good!

    I can't believe the cold weather! I think it's on its way this way but definitely not nearly as bad!

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  6. I've been cooking something similar to that recently, because it's delicious and we can eat it on our 24DC :) Brrrr -14, that sounds AWFUL!

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    1. It's freezing! Luckily I will be staying inside all day, just counting down the days until Spring :)

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  7. GIRL, IT IS COLD! You know it is cold when even chicagoans are complaining and things are shut down. My friend took boiling water and poured outside and it turned to snow.www.wearflowersinyourhair.com

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    1. That's crazy! I tried to open our slider door to see what -36 degrees feels like (because I don't plan on leaving my apartment today haha) but it is frozen shut!

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  8. Looks delicious! #fundaymonday

    Tiffany
    www.pinkfaithtoday.blogspot.com

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  9. Holy negative temperatures! This looks like a great dish to keep warm with

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  10. Mmmm, sounds delish & like the perfect dinner to mentally escape to warmer temps. Stay warm in those crazy cold temps!!

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  11. -36?!!! AHHHH! We have sweet and sour chicken on the menu tonight, but I will definitely be keeping this recipe in my back pocket the next time I'm stuck for a new dinner idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. That is so terribly cold. I don't think it ever got that cold when I lived in the Midwest, and I'm still complaining about it. Stay warm!

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    1. Don't worry - you weren't missing much!!

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  13. Brrrrr that's cold!!! It's even been cold here in FL it's not going to be more than 46 tomorrow.

    Yummy recipe :)

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  14. This looks so delicious!! Stay warm, hun! Florida's not too far off!

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  15. I hope you are staying warm! It is 27 here today in Florida. But I can't wait to move back home to Chicago.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. That's freezing for Florida! You aren't missing much here in Chiberia this week :)

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  16. We are finally going on a vacation in early April, too. Gulf Shores can't come soon enough with this crazy arctic cold! This recipe looks fab and even something my mister might try!

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    1. Yay for Spring Break! Warmer weather can't come soon enough :)

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  17. I tried this recipe and it turned out great! Thank you for sharing it!

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