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    These Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats Are Actually So Easy

    The best food is the kind that's served inside other food.

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    Start by cutting a pineapple in half, lengthwise.

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    Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed


    Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the pineapple, leaving just enough around the edges so that the *boat* is sturdy.

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    Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

    Cook cut up chicken thighs in a skillet over medium heat. After about 2 minutes, add soy sauce, honey, and brown sugar.

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    Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

    Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened, 8 to 12 minutes.

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    Alvin Zhou / BuzzFeed

    Divide the chicken between the two pineapple boats, and serve with a scoop of rice!

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    Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Bowls

    Makes 2 servings

    Estimated total time: 20 minutes


    1 large pineapple

    1 tablespoon canola oil

    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

    ¾ cup soy sauce

    ¼ cup packed brown sugar

    ¼ cup honey

    3 tablespoons sesame seeds

    2 cups cooked white rice, divided


    Cut pineapple in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of each half, leaving about a half-inch on the sides to make sure the pineapple boats are sturdy. Discard the flesh or set it aside to eat later, and drain any juices.

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and honey, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes. Add the sesame seeds and stir to combine, then remove the pan from the heat.

    Scoop a cup of rice into each of the pineapple boats, then divide the teriyaki chicken among the boats and serve.

    Recipe by Alvin Zhou