Pineapple-bacon Chicken for a Crowd

Pineapple-bacon Chicken for a Crowd | Hold the Lemon

When I’m hosting a get-together for a large group of people and need to cook for a crowd, I value ease of ingredients, ease of preparation, and the ability to have everything all set before the guests arrive so I can spend less time fretting in the kitchen and more time socializing with my guests! I also like to make sure I provide a dish that is hearty (since guests often bring sides and desserts), hot (since it’s more difficult for guests to bring hot items), and can be eaten by the majority (if not all) attendees. These parameters can be difficult to match, but this recipe seems to fit the bill!

I adapted one of my favorite kabob recipes to create this easy bright dish, which uses only five regular ingredients (plus seasonings). This dish can be prepared before the guests arrive and is perfectly happy being set to warm in a crockpot. Extra bonus is that prep/cooking only dirties up one skillet, a cutting board, a knife, and a cooking utensil, so I don’t add too much to the pre-party dishes to clean!

Pineapple-bacon Chicken

Paleo. Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Egg-free. Soy-free.

Pineapple-bacon Chicken for a Crowd | Hold the Lemon

Serves 16 (4 oz meat per serving)

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut into 2″ strips
  • 1 large onion, chunked
  • 2 cups of pineapple, cut into 1/2″-1″ cubes (reserve juice!)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried basil, to taste

Directions

  1. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, sautee bacon until done but not crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from pan and place into a crockpot set to warm.
  3. Drain pan of all but a couple tablespoons of bacon grease.
  4. Season chicken to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried basil.
  5. Add seasoned chicken and reserved pineapple juice to skillet, and sautee until chicken is cooked through. Pour into crockpot.
  6. Add onions to skillet, and sautee until soft.
  7. Add pineapple chunks to skillet with the onions. Drizzle with honey. Sautee until pineapple is softened and juices. Pour into crockpot.
  8. Set crockpot to warm, and go enjoy your party!

Nutrition

I use online calculators for nutrition information, so these are an estimation to the best of my ability. Comment if you’d like this recipe broken down into its full micronutrient information.

Calories 167 cal
Fat 6 g
Carbs 6 g
Protein 25 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 4 g

Final Thoughts

This meal serves 16 at a get-together, where I assume there are other things to eat. If this was a main course, I would say it serves 8 (and the nutrition information would double). For the non-paleo crowd, I like to cook up some rice to accompany this dish. For the paleo crowd, any vegetable side dish would be perfect, or just serve it alongside other potluck munchies.

*Photo shown without onions. I forgot to add them in when recreating this dish for this post. I was too busy on actual party day to take an in-action photo!

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