Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Polynesian Chicken and Hawaiian Honeymoon

It was exactly one year ago today my husband and I were flying to beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Before this trip, I really had never been anywhere exotic before, I hadn't even been to another timezone, so this was a big trip for me. After a brief layover in Charlotte, NC, we embarked on a lovely 11 hour flight direct to Honolulu. Nothing like some quality bonding time with the new husband haha.
I have to say that the Hawaiian culture is just as beautiful as the crisp turquoise ocean. We had so much fun at the Polynesian Cultural Center learning about our cousins in Hawaii and some of the surrounding Polynesian Islands: Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Samoa. I tend to forget that while Hawaii is one of our 50 states, it is really just a tiny collection of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
I adapted this recipe from Paula Deen's Polynesian Chicken, and the flavors really took me back to Hawaii. The tropical flavors of the pineapple and the orange, mixed with the soy sauce and brown sugar reminding me of something we ate at a luau.
Anyway, here is the meal and some honeymoon photos...recipe at bottom.

(Not a really good pic)
Before dinner

A view of the beach in front of our condo

The Royal Hawaiian

A blow hole!

Beautiful coast
 Ingredients
-1 can pineapple rings (use 3 tablespoons of juice in recipe)
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup white wine (optional: I prefer recipe without it)
-1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon ginger
-2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks

1.Heat oven to 375 degrees
2.In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, optional wine, orange juice, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger, and 3 tablespoons of the juice from the canned pineapple rings. Place chicken chunks in a baking dish and pour sauce over chicken. Bake 20 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
3.Cut pineapple rings into bite-size pieces. Serve chicken over white rice and top with pineapple pieces.

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