hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde

a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of a rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl.  top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer.hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

so i told you earlier this summer that chris & i were soon headed to hawaii to visit family.

wait, whaaaaaaaat? (that’s usually the response i get when i mention our trip, anyway…)

my beautiful mom was born & raised in honolulu, hawaii.  long story short, my dad (a native wisconsinite) & she met while he was serving in the army & was stationed on the islands.  he charmed the socks off of her & she swept him off his feet, & soon they were married & starting a family of their own. 

so what the heck brought us back to wisconsin??  (that’s usually the next question to come up in this conversation…)

well, a lot of things: career opportunities & cost of living to name a couple of key reasons, but my favorite is the fact that my mom – an island girl who grew up in the kind of paradise that is 80 degrees & sunny but also perfectly breezy every day – fell in love with the changes in seasons throughout the year (aka winter…what the heck…). 

anyway.  mom’s whole family is still out on the islands & we make an effort to get back as often as we can to spend time with everyone (& stuff ourselves full of the kind of seafood & local cooking that you can only get in hawaii).  even though i’ve never had the opportunity to live there, it’s a place that has always felt like home to me, in a very spiritual & healing way. 

needless to say, this trip is a huge highlight of the year.  whether our flights are taking off in 2 days or in 10 months, i literally giddy every time i think about it.  & like any true foodie, i very strategically select the places we will eat, which inevitably makes the cravings for good island food start to come on strong. 

enter this hapa fried rice (hapa = half or part hawaiian = yours truly!), my part hawaiian twist on fried rice.hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

inspired equally by the foods i love to eat in hawaii & the foods i love to eat while at home in the midwest, this hapa fried rice is 100% full of the kind of deliciousness that you’ll find yourself craving time & time again.

this hapa fried rice starts with the quickest & easiest way to develop deep flavor: throwing the main ingredients on the grill. 

chicken breast gets deliciously charred.

pineapple caramelizes & develops a beautiful sweetness. 

jalapeños (which have been halved & only partially destemmed & deseeded for the perfect amount of heat) get smoky & rich. hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

the star of this whole dish is portuguese sausage, a pork sausage that is really similar to chorizo.  in my mind portugese sausage is pretty much synonymous with truly local hawaiian flavor (you can even get it with eggs & rice off the breakfast menu at mcdonald’s in hawaii!).  garlicky, smoky, spicy, rich, & de-freaking-licious.  you can look for it in specialty stores, but if you can’t find it, any good chorizo will make a great substitute. hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

once these main ingredients are grilled, you simply dice them into uniform pieces & quickly stir fry with coconut oil, aromatics, rice, & salsa verde until all of the ingredients are heated through & mixed together. hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

finish with a big ol’ handful of cilantro & a good squeeze of lime. hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

if you want to go really crazy (yes, you do!), top with some diced avocado & a sprinkle of sea salt.  hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

the smokiness of the portuguese sausage is perfectly complimented by the sweetness of the grilled pineapple, the spicy kick that the jalapeños offer, & the bright tangy notes that salsa verde & lime juice bring into the mix. hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

serve it up, close your eyes, & pretend you’re sitting next to a food truck on the north shore after a long day at the beach (at least that’s what i do…).  THIS, friends, is exactly what paradise tastes like.  the only thing missing is some POG, yeah?hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via playswellwithbutter

i’d love to know what your favorite comfort food is! 

is it a classic meal you ate as a child?  is it something unexpected, but takes you back to a special time in your life?  comment below & let me know!

hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde
Serves 5
a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl. top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
705 calories
69 g
112 g
30 g
42 g
10 g
594 g
1123 g
26 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
594g
Servings
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 705
Calories from Fat 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
47%
Saturated Fat 10g
48%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 112mg
37%
Sodium 1123mg
47%
Total Carbohydrates 69g
23%
Dietary Fiber 10g
41%
Sugars 26g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A
40%
Vitamin C
293%
Calcium
8%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 C uncooked basmati rice
  2. 2 bell peppers
  3. 2 jalapeño peppers
  4. 1 pineapple
  5. 1 medium red onion
  6. 10 oz link Portuguese sausage, or 1/2 lb fresh Spanish chorizo
  7. 1 lb chicken breast
  8. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  9. 2 C salsa verde
  10. cilantro, lime, & avocado for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  2. Cook 1 C basmati rice in a rice cooker or on the stove top per instructions on the package - I always cook 1 C rice in 2 C water & it comes out perfectly every time.
  3. While rice is cooking, prep your peppers & pineapple for the grill. Destem & deseed the bell peppers & cut into thirds or quarters. Cut the jalapeños in half down the middle & destem & deseed to your liking. I like pretty moderate heat, so I leave stems & seeds in 1 pepper. Core & cut the pineapple into large spears. You want all pieces of pepper & pineapple to be big enough to sit on the grill grates without falling through.
  4. Dice 1 red onion & set aside.
  5. Grill the peppers & pineapple over medium heat until
  6. Gill the Portuguese sausage & chicken breast over medium heat until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.
  7. Once cool enough to handle, remove skin from peppers & chop the grilled pineapple & peppers into small dice.
  8. In a large skillet, sweat onions in coconut oil until soft and transluscent. Salt & pepper to taste.
  9. Add peppers, rice, & salsa verde to skillet & heat through, stirring often to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan.
  10. Add sausage, chicken, & grilled pineapple to skillet just long enough to heat through.
  11. Serve in bowls with sliced avocado & top with a squeeze of lime juice & a handful of cilantro.
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30g
protein
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carbs
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hapa fried rice with grilled pineapple, portuguese sausage & salsa verde via plays well with butter | a delicious hawaiian-inspired fried rice packed with grilled chicken, pineapple, jalapeños & spicy portuguese sausage that all come together to create the perfect balance of rich, smoky, sweet & spicy bowl. top this hapa fried rice off with a squeeze of lime & some sliced avocado & you’ll for sure be hooked on this quick, flavorful for the rest of summer.

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5 Comments

  1. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I wish I could go to Hawaii every year! I’m so glad I found you through BGB so I can follow along and relive my Hawaii vacation through you lol

  2. words cannot describe how delicious this looks! What a perfect dinner 🙂

  3. Bringing the paradise to us all! Love it!

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