Tahitian Chicken

11 04 2011

This is a delicious dinner that is perfect for serving your family or for a large group.  We have actually served 200-300 people this unique dish at special events at Adrians…The really nice thing about it is that it can easily be made ahead and frozen…then when ready to serve, just make some rice, put out the toppings and you’re ready to go!

A Rotisserie Chicken saves time...

We started with two Rotisserie Chickens for this recipe…it just seems like I am running behind lately, so starting with a rotisserie chicken just saves time.  I really do prefer to roast my own chicken!  It is so easy to do, but you do have to have TIME to get it roasted!

Not the prettiest bird!

This is a perfect example of why you should roast your own bird!  I was pretty disappointed when we pulled this out of the box.  It had definitely been in the oven too long!

Chicken is almost ready

Fortunately, we had two chickens and between the two, got plenty of meat for our Tahitian Chicken…Debone the chicken and save the bones to boil later for some really great chicken broth!

Don't forget the crock-pot liners!

If you’ve followed us for very long, you’ll already know that we LOVE these Slow-Cooker liners from Reynolds.  We use them all the time at the store for very easy clean-up.  I hate to scrub out a cooked on mess from the crock-pot! You can find them by the ZipLock bags at the grocery store…my kitchen is never without them!!!

Gather the ingredients for the sauce

The sauce for Tahitian Chicken is made from ingredients most of us have in the pantry.  I even keep small cans of pineapple juice in my pantry just for this recipe…Looks like I need to put Soy Sauce on my grocery list! 🙂

My photo of the sauce cooking turned out to be just foggy steam…sorry!  Just put all of the sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly and let boil for 2 minutes before pouring over the bite-sized chicken.

Let simmer in Slow-Cooker

Let chicken mixture simmer in your (lined) Crock-Pot until ready to serve.  I have also frozen the chicken mixture in gallon sized ZipLock freezer bags at this point in the preparation for serving at a later time.

Rice Cooker

A Rice Cooker is one of my favorite kitchen tools (I actually have two of them!).  You can prepare rice any way you like for this dish, but I have to say that I love preparing rice in my rice cookers!  I have a small one that we use just for our family, and a larger one that I can prepare 10 cups of raw rice which yields over 20 cups of perfectly cooked rice.

Perfect Rice!

This is a great buffet line meal…even for just one family.  Put the Rice, Chicken mixture and all of the toppings on the counter, and let everyone go through a line and add all of their favorite toppings…choose from Chinese noodles, maraschino cherries, green onions, mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, peanuts, cashews, soy sauce, raisins, coconut or ????

Toppings for Tahitian Chicken

Now here is the disappointing part…I FORGOT to take a photo of the dinner as served…so sorry!  The good news is that we make this on a pretty regular basis, so I’ll be able to add that later.  Again, this is just a great “make ahead” meal for your family or for a crowd.  Hope YOU enjoy it as much as we have over the years.

Tahitian Chicken
Vicki Adrian, Buhler, Kansas
Adapted from a recipe from Elaine Franz of Buhler, Kansas

2 rotisserie chickens, deboned and cut into bite sized pieces
OR 8 cups diced cooked chicken breast

Hot cooked rice

Tahitian Sauce
1 1/4 c. pineapple juice
1 c. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
1 T. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 chicken bouillon cube

Garnishes
cocktail peanuts, cashews, mandarin oranges, sliced green onions, coconut, Chinese noodles, pineapple tidbits, raisins, sunflower seeds, maraschino cherries & ????? use your imagination!

Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes.  Place crock pot liner in slow cooker.  Add chicken and pour sauce over all.  Heat and keep warm for serving.  Serve over hot rice and let guests top with whatever garnishes they would like.

*Note this is such an easy main dish to serve to a crowd and seems to please both men & women alike!  It is an all time favorite that we serve for events at Adrians.  Some tips: Prepare chicken and sauce ahead of time and freeze in gallon zip lock freezer bags.  These stack really nicely in the freezer.  When your party day arrives, thaw chicken, put in crock pot and let heat.  Cook your rice in a rice cooker, then open up the jars & cans of toppings…Very Easy!

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12 04 2011
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