Pininyahang manok
Alternative namesPineapple chicken
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateSouthern Luzon
Main ingredientschicken, pineapples, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, milk (or coconut milk)
Similar disheshamonado, afritada

Pininyahang manok, commonly anglicized as pineapple chicken,[1] is a Philippine dish consisting of chicken braised in a milk or coconut milk-based sauce with pineapples, carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers. Some variants of the dish use a chicken stock base instead of milk. The dish originates from Southern Luzon which was once a regional center of pineapple fiber (Spanish: piña) production in the Spanish Philippines.[2][3]


Pininyahang manok is made by first marinating the chicken in pineapple juice, though some recipes skip this part. The chicken is then fried in oil with garlic and onions until lightly browned. Water with a small amount of evaporated milk or condensed milk is then added, along with pineapple chunks, diced carrots, potatoes, and bell peppers. Coconut milk or cream can also be used in place of milk. It is spiced with salt, sugar, black pepper, or fish sauce to taste, and left to simmer at low heat until the ingredients are thoroughly cooked.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

The dish spoils easily because of the milk or coconut milk ingredients. A common variant of the dish excludes them completely, and instead simply uses chicken stock as the base. Cornstarch may be added to thicken the sauce in this case.[11][12]

Vienna sausages, hot dogs, cheese, eggs, or diced tomatoes may also be added along with the other ingredients. It is served on white rice and garnished with scallions and, sometimes, cashews.[5][13][14][1]

Similar dishes

Pininyahang manok is similar to the version of chicken afritada with pineapples, but the latter uses tomato sauce. It is also similar to chicken hamonado, but the latter uses soy sauce. Both of these similar dishes do not use milk.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Pininyahang Manok: Pineapple Chicken". Asian Food Channel. Discovery International. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pininyahang Manok Recipe". Pagkaing Pinoy TV. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Chikiamco, Norma (September 19, 2013). "Pininyahang manok". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Comsti, Angelo (2013). From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Filipino Heirloom Recipes & Family Memories. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 38. ISBN 9789814516907.
  5. ^ a b Comsti, Angelo (2015). Fuss-free Filipino Food: Quick & Easy Dishes for Everyday Cooking. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 9789814721851.
  6. ^ Garcia, Miki (2012). Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight Your Family and Friends. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 9781462905287.
  7. ^ "Pininyahang Manok (Chicken Pineapple Recipe)". Panlasang Pinoy Meaty Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pininyahang Manok". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Pininyahang Manok Recipe (Creamy Chicken with Pineapples)". Yummy Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Veneracion, Connie. "Chili Chicken With Fresh Pineapple (Pininyahang Manok)". Casa Veneracion. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Pininyahang Manok". Pinoy Recipe At Iba Pa. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Pininyahang Manok". Ang Sarap. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Pininyahang Manok ng Marikeño". Mama's Guide Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Pininyahang Manok Recipe (Pineapple Chicken)". Pilipinas Recipes. Retrieved December 13, 2018.