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

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE SALES LINKS. PLEASE SEE MY FULL DISCLAIMER POLICY FOR DETAILS.

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!

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon

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

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30

Description

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.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 C uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 10 oz link Portuguese sausage, or 1/2 lb fresh Spanish chorizo
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 C salsa verde
  • 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.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 5
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.

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

Topics

Sign up for our newsletter

Leave a Rating & Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. 8.20.16

    Bringing the paradise to us all! Love it!

    • 8.22.16
      jess said:

      thanks rebecca! i’m so passionate about hawaii that it’s hard not to spread the love! 🙂

  2. 8.19.16

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

    • 8.22.16
      jess said:

      thanks rachel! i drool every time i think about this meal – it’s all the best flavors in a single dish!

  3. 8.19.16

    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