What Spices Are Used in Hawaiian Chicken Recipes?


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Many Hawaiian chicken recipes feature spices such as garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. The dish typically also includes pineapple juice, ketchup and soy sauce. Some recipes add sweetness with brown sugar, while others call for the dish to be garnished with a sprinkle of sliced scallions or cilantro.

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What Spices Are Used in Hawaiian Chicken Recipes?
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To make grilled Hawaiian chicken, marinate boneless chicken breasts in a flavorful marinade made by combining 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger and 2 minced garlic cloves. Let the chicken soak in the marinade for four hours in the refrigerator. Grill the chicken approximately six minutes per side over medium-high heat. Optionally, serve the chicken over rice, and garnish it with sliced scallions or chopped cilantro.

Alternatively, season approximately 3 1/2 pounds of chicken with salt and pepper before placing it in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine 1 clove minced garlic, 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and the syrup from an 8 1/2-ounce can of pineapple slices in syrup. Place pineapple slices on top of the chicken along with 4 ounces of sliced water chestnuts. Pour the syrup mixture over the chicken. Place the lid on the cooker, and set it to high for one hour, followed by three to five hours on low.

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