Spur of the Moment Chicken


The fresh pineapples at my local Fairway were on sale when I went shopping this week. They were so well-priced that I bought one, even though most of the time I forget about the one I already have at home, sitting in a corner near the cabinet, getting over-ripe and mushy.

But as I put the fruit in my cart I made a spur of the moment decision to roast it with a chicken breast, which I also purchased and which we ate for dinner last night. 

The pineapple added a juicy acidity; I also seasoned the meat and fruit with just a hint of Aleppo pepper (you can use cayenne too) and cinnamon. The dish was sweet and hot, mild and tangy. Perfect.

All gone! Not a morsel left for lunch today!

Here's the recipe:


Roasted Chicken Breasts with Fresh Pineapple

  • 2 cups cut up fresh pineapple
  • 2 whole bone-in chicken breasts (or 4-6 whole chicken legs (including drumstick and thigh)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Aleppo pepper or cayenne
  • ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the pineapple chunks and chicken breasts in a roasting pan. Brush the chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt to taste. Scatter the ginger over the chicken and fruit and sprinkle lightly with Aleppo pepper and cinnamon. Place the pineapple under the chicken breasts. Roast for 10 minutes. Lower the oven heat to 350 degrees. Roast for another 50-60 minutes or until cooked through (a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast will register 160 degrees), basting once or twice with pan juices. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Makes 4-6 servings