Chicken with Cherry Pineapple Sauce


This is something different to make with chicken.  The recipe called for boneless chicken breasts but I had thighs. Moreover, I still have several pounds of dry cherries to use and this recipe called for dried cherries.  Everything that was needed I had on hand except sweet and sour sauce so I made my own using the pineapple juice. Since these were thighs I baked this in the oven instead of making it on top of the stove. The original recipe called for frying the breast to brown them then adding the sauce and fruit to simmer. The chicken browned nicely in the oven and thighs stew well in the oven.

I had received a 10 pound of frozen leg quarters that I thawed out because this large chunk would never of gone into my freezer that way. So I was also making three other chicken dishes at the same time and they all went into the oven at the same time.  Now I have 3 meals cooked in the freezer to microwave and serve. The 4th chicken dish we had for dinner.

Chicken with Cherry Pineapple Sauce

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks (reserve juice for sauce)
  • sweet and sour sauce*
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 green onion finely chopped
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.


Place thighs in a 9 inch square baking pan that is lined with aluminum foil. Top with all the other ingredients.  Cover the baking pan with foil and seal. Uncover the pan for the last 15 minutes of baking time to brown the meat.  Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

Sweet and Sour Sauce 

  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Whisk everything in a bowl and add to chicken.

You can use this recipe to make regular sauce by using just 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and simmering in a small sauce pan. Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. slfinnell says:

    Good way to prepare for your weekend! Enjoy!


  2. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . This sounds wonderful. I like sweet and sour dishes.


  3. Oh my Momoe another way to use the cherries. I’ve found dried tart and Bing cherries at our restaurant produce place that will sell to the public, so I’m going to do the dressing for my brother-in-laws BD next week. This however looks even BETTER, so I’m going to try it with the rest of the cherries but using veggie food so “HE” can eat it too. I’ll let you know how it goes. dru
    ps I might 1/2 the batch with real chicken and veggie chick cuz I’m more of meat kinda girl.


  4. voulaah says:

    Thank you for sharing this good recipee
    I want to prepare tjhe same tomorrow
    ps: happy to discover and follow your blog after your like in one of my posts


  5. What a pretty combination– pineapple and cherries!! I wonder if I could even use fresh cherries right now, since they are coming into the market for summer? This looks sweet and savory and delicious!!


  6. Sophie33 says:

    What a fab combo of dried cherries with pineapple! Not a reason not to try it out! 😉 Yummm!


  7. koolaidmoms says:

    Very different! Never though of using cherries before. Yummy!


  8. Looks delicious, we eat a lot of chicken at my place, these seems an interesting way to change it up. Thanks for sharing.

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