This 30 min Hawaiian Chicken sheet pan dinner packs simple ingredients, a tropical flare, & tons of flavor! Your kids will love to eat just like Princess Moana does!
Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!
I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the Disney Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. And still staying within the 30 minute weeknight dinner theme. You can see other recipes in this series here.
“Moana! Make Way, Make Way!”
I think Moana will go down in history as my favorite Disney movie EVER. Seriously, what is not to love? Moana is a spunky and brave girl who follows her heart, who loves her family and culture deeply, and who is not afraid to do what needs to be done. Plus I love how they add tons of cultural touches into the movie. And hey, no prince!!!
**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Moana is a fictional princess (errr.. chief’s daughter ) who lives in a made-up land called Motunui which is loosely based on Polynesian culture. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it by chopping up vegetables and adding final touches. It is my hope that it is interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods without being too intense or weird.
We totally loooooved how this recipe turned out! This sheet pan recipe is super easy to create (just chopping!). My 6 year old is just starting to enjoy helping me chop things (with super close supervision) so chopping the pineapple, bell peppers and onion was fun for her. I had my 3 year old help me measure out the olive and sesame oils and drizzle them on and also really enjoyed sprinkling the shredded coconut and lime juice on after the meal was cooked.
Something super magical happens when you roast veggies and fruit, and this recipe is no exception. With minimal seasonings, and a little bit of roasting time, the ingredients are really allowed to shine here. Each ingredient is perfectly cooked, fantastically flavored, and soooo easy. My children gobbled this meal up happily, even though there was lots of joking that they were eating Her-Hei (you totally have to keep it real, right? LOL).
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, diced in chunks
- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium green beer pepper, diced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into coins
- 1 medium red onion, sliced into thick slices
- 1 TBSP toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- salt and pepper
- 1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut
- juice from 1/2 lime
- *Serve with Rice.
- Heat oven to 400 Degrees F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Place the chicken, pineapple, peppers, and potatoes onto the baking sheet.
- Drizzle with the oils, sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown sugar and toss to coat.
- Evenly spread in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Squeeze with the lime juice and sprinkle with the coconut.
- Serve with rice
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 459 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 138mg Sodium: 329mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 23g Protein: 31g