Today we had a (by no means authentic!) Hawaiian Day at The Tiny House. The kids made leis and grass skirts using coloured crepe paper and old newspaper (see here for step-by-step lei-making instructions) and we found a good Hawaiian radio station on the digital radio to listen to while we worked.
Having found a recipe for a Hawaiian chicken dish on one of my cousin’s Facebook pages (see the original post here), I decided to make it for dinner, along with baked sweet potatoes and egg noodles (I ran out of rice and was also not sure what the traditional accompanyment to this dish would be…). I am sure this is not a traditional Hawaiian recipe, and is probably only called “Hawaiian” because it contains pineapple…but what the heck, it fit in with the theme!
I do not own a crock-pot (I once did, but could never get it to produce the tender, flavoursome stews it promised to make…), so I made this in a Dutch oven (fancy name for a heavy cast-iron cooking pot with a lid) and put it in the oven on a low temperature (150 degrees C) for about 7 hours. The result was delicious, but the chicken was a little dry and the sauce did not get as sticky as the original FB post’s picture depicts. Next time I make this, I will try using a bit more fluid and reduce the temperature, to see if that works better. Also, I will reduce the sauce at the very end, until I have a nice sticky glaze to coat the chicken in. I added pineapple chunks about half way through the cooking time, which did add some moisture.
If you try this recipe out, please let me know if you have any tips on how to improve it!
- 6 chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used molasses instead)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tin of pineapple chunks
1. Mix the juice, soy sauce and brown sugar/molasses together in a cast-iron or similarly heavy, lidded, ovenproof dish.
2. Add the chicken pieces and coat well in the mixture.
3. Cook on a low heat for 6-8 hours. Add the pinapple chunks half way through; stir well.
We ate dinner wearing our grass skirts and leis, listened to the sounds of Hawai’i and wolfed down this delicious meal (the smell of it cooking all afternoon was torture!) before lighting a great big bonfire in the back garden and warming ourselves by it until the rains came…