Welcome back to Dollar Store Decadence recipes, where we cook amazing food made almost entirely with gems we find at the dollar store. This time we’re making these crazy Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats, adapted from Tip Hero! As usual, most of the items came from 99 Cents Only Store. Olive oil is a staple so it won’t count toward the final number. I also won’t be counting the chili flakes, butter, sugar, ground ginger or sesame seeds in the tally. All of those (besides ginger) can be bought at the 99 though. The amounts are so small that it would take more mental fortitude than I have right now. This is one of the more expensive meals I’ve done in comparison to the others but still extremely economical, so let’s start!
What you need:
For the Rice:
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Rinsed, White Rice
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp chili flakes
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
For the Chicken:
1 1/2 lb diced chicken (I used thighs)
1/4 Cup soy sauce
1/4 Cup honey
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
3 Tsp Olive Oil
2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
- Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise. Scoop and or cut out the middle of each half, reserving about a cup and the juice. Make sure to leave ½-inch to ¾-inch of flesh along the edges.
- Chop the reserved pineapple. Combine the chopped pineapple with any juices released and place it in a small saucepan
- Add the water, salt, chili flakes, butter (I used margarine) and sugar to the saucepan, and bring to a boil.
- Add the rice and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked. Once done, fluff with a fork. Be careful to check on the rice because the sugar can cause it to burn if there isn’t enough water. Add more water if you need it!
- While the rice is cooking, combine the garlic, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and ginger in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the chopped chicken and let sit while your pan heats up.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium and then add the chicken, being careful to reserve the teriyaki sauce (use a slotted spoon). Keep the chicken in there until it’s cooked through.
- When the chicken is almost done, add the brown sugar, this will thicken the sauce and sweeten it.
- Finally sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken.
- Serve the chicken and rice in the hollowed out pineapples as shown below!
- Bon appetit!
Let’s talk about the money
Technically this recipe makes two servings. I would call it three, realistically because all of the chicken and rice don’t fit into the two pineapples. But for tallying, I will go with two servings!
Chicken (from Northgate) – $4.84
Rice (I used about half the bag from the 99)- 50¢
Pineapple – 99¢
Soy Sauce – 25¢
Honey – 25ç
Rice Vinegar – 12¢
Okay people, so the total for all of this comes out to…$6.95 or $3.47 per serving. But for a fancy meal for two, that’s still a great price. And most of the ingredients come from the 99. Also, I bought precut chicken thighs. I’m sure you could save a load buying chicken you can cut yourself. Anywho, I hope this was helpful.
Try it and let me know how it turns out!