This Nut-Free Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe is easy to make and comes together easily with some freshly cut pineapple and leftover rice and Broiled Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, a recipe that has been featured on NBC’s website. Update: Minor edits on July 1, 2023
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BC (before children) Date Night Inspiration
Flashback to 14 years ago, my husband and I enjoy a date night at a Thai restaurant and we ordered a Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice. It was delicious and the presentation is memorable: the fried rice is served in a pineapple bowl, a pineapple cut lengthwise with the flesh scooped out, complete with the leafy top.
It’s so beautifully presented and delicious but not something my children can safely enjoy as this Thai dish typically contains cashews and the risk of cross-contact too great due to lots of nuts on the menu. I learned how to make other Thai inspired dishes such as Garlicky Cabbage with Fish Sauce Stir-Fry and Peanut Free Pad Thai That You Can Eat Everyday.
Fried Rice: Cook Once, Eat Twice
I recently published a recipe for Ginger Fried Rice and one of my sweetest friends asked for a regular fried rice recipe. I completely understand where she’s coming from because as food allergy parents we long for what we cannot have, carefree times of spontaneously ordering foods we like to eat at a restaurant rather than ordering within the boundaries of safe ingredients at an allergy aware restaurant.
I happened to have leftover brown rice, broiled chicken teriyaki thighs, and cut fresh pineapple, most of the ingredients needed for making Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice, so I’m happily obliging my sweet friend’s request for a regular fried rice recipe! You can use any kind of rice (long grain, short grain, jasmine, brown or white, but it’s important to use leftover rice that has been refrigerated overnight. Otherwise your fried rice will be a little bit soft and extra moist.
I love making fried rice because it’s super efficient, cook once and eat twice by transforming leftover ingredients into a one-pot meal. It saves time, reduces food waste, and keeps things interesting! I have other fried rice recipes such as
- Easy Vegetable Fried Rice with Eggs
- Smoked Duck Fried Rice, An Easy & Versatile Recipe
- Aromatic Cilantro Onion Ginger Fried Rice
- Beef Fried Rice with Cabbage and Carrots Recipe
- Easy and Tasty Ginger Fried Rice Recipe
Allergy Aware Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice
This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, shellfish, fish, and sesame as written. This recipe uses soy sauce, but if allergic to soy, see Soy-Free Soy Sauce Recipe, Top 9 Allergen Free to make your own “soy sauce” alternative or Soy Sauce and Food Allergies for alternative options, such as gluten-free Tamari.
Due to limitations of what I had on hand and food allergies, I very loosely adapted a recipe from Rasa Malaysia which includes instructions for using eggs. Just so you know, a more traditional recipe might contain eggs, shrimp, cashews, fish sauce and some spices that would take some effort to find allergen free. Since I originally wrote this post, I have
I think this impromptu adaptation was great and I love the sweet and sour flavors from the pineapple. A little bit of Red Boat fish sauce next time will give it quite an authentic taste. The recipe can be completely free of the top 8 allergens by substituting soy sauce and fish sauce with coconut aminos or other soy sauce alternatives.
Nut-Free Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe
This pineapple chicken fried rice is a delight to the tastebuds as well as to the eyes. For better results, use cooked chicken and leftover fried rice that’s been chilled overnight. This is a great one pot meal for 4 or a side dish for 6-8 people.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped carrots I used baby carrots to save time
- 5 broiled chicken thighs (skinless, boneless) chopped
- 2 cups chopped pineapple
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce or alternative
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat up a frying pan or wok on medium high heat (about 5 minutes).
Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped onion, saute until fragrant (1 minute).
Add chopped carrots, chicken, and pineapple, saute until the carrots are softened (5 minutes).
Add the rice, breaking up any large clumps of rice.
Add soy sauce and stir fry until everything is heated through (3 minutes).
Adjust seasoning to taste and serve immediately.
I usually make a double batch of Chicken Teriyaki Thighs and save the leftovers to make fried rice.
Want to learn how to carve a festive pineapple bowl? Read my post on how to create Pineapple Bowl happiness
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