Recipes for a Tropical-Impressed Plate Lunch: Hawaiian Rooster, Hawaiian Mac Salad, Coconut Rice, and Cucumber and Carrot Salad

This Hawaii-inspired meal remains to be considered one of our favorites. Attempt it someday!

Hello, good friend! If you happen to’ve been hanging with me right here at MBB for some time, you would possibly already know that my husband (the notorious El Hub!) is from Oahu in Hawaii, and we attempt to go to after we can to see our household.

We had journeys deliberate for this 12 months to have fun some massive birthdays for the grandparents, however, as you understand, “The ‘Rona” was like “HAHAHAAAAAA,” so we haven’t been capable of make it again shortly. Hopefully, earlier than later although (fingers and toes crossed).

We’ve been lacking Hawaii an amazing deal recently, so I’ve been making this Hawaiian lunch plate-inspired meal to assist us really feel a bit of extra linked to the islands.

hawaiian chicken plate side

A Hawaiian lunch plate usually has a scoop of rice, a scoop of candy and tangy macaroni salad, a protein of some form (like spam or teriyaki rooster) and a aspect of veggies. El Hub grew up consuming them, and I’m all about ’em now too.

Granted, the plate lunches that I, an SF Bay Space lady, make right here in all probability gained’t be thought-about “genuine” (air quotes) by Hawaiian lunch plate culinary die-hard requirements, my household actually likes them. Babygirl says this one has “the yummiest rooster ever,” and El Hub has put in quite a lot of requests for this dish during the last month.

hawaiian chicken with sauce
Just a little candy, a bit of salty, and every kind of yum!

The protein on this meal is a pineapple and soy sauce marinated Hawaiian rooster, which I cooked in my Instantaneous Pot!

I like utilizing the Instantaneous Pot as a result of I can set it and overlook it, and the outcomes are persistently fan-frickin’-tastic. The rooster is at all times tender and bursting with taste.

In case you are culinarily-inclined, you possibly can in all probability adapt it to a stovetop or a grill, however I haven’t tried both of these but. However significantly, the Instantaneous Pot is a foolproof instrument for me, in order that’s what I take advantage of for this meal.

instant pot hawaiian chicken
My much-loved Instantaneous Pot!

I serve the rooster with coconut rice, a creamy Hawaiian mac salad (normally with no matter pasta form I can discover!) and a Thai-inspired cucumber and carrot salad, and once I posted a pic of it some time again right here, there have been fairly just a few requests for the recipes…

So, right here they’re beneath! Take pleasure in.


Tender, juicy rooster cooked in an Instantaneous Pot! Candy pineapple completely balances with the soy sauce sauce, ginger and garlic on this straightforward, kid-friendly dish.

  • Prep time: quarter-hour
  • Cook dinner time: 45 minutes
  • Complete-ish time: 4-8 hours, relying on how lengthy you marinade the rooster
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 2-3 kilos boneless, skinless rooster thighs or tenders (I take advantage of a mixture of 1 pound thighs and 1 pound tenders)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce (I used gluten-free Tarmari)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 6 cloves finely minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium rooster broth or water


Marinate the rooster:

  1. Place the rooster thighs and/or tenders in a shallow dish or in a gallon-size plastic bag.
  2. Whisk collectively the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and garlic till the brown sugar is dissolved (or largely dissolved); then divide it in half.
  3. Pour half the marinade over the rooster within the bag so the rooster is evenly coated. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at the least 4 hours, or as much as 24 hours.
  4. Refrigerate the remaining marinade till the rooster is able to be cooked.

Cook dinner the rooster within the Instantaneous Pot:

  1. While you’re able to cook dinner the rooster, place the trivet into the underside of the Instantaneous Pot, and layer the rooster on prime evenly. Pour in a single cup of the marinade from the bag, after which a 1/2 cup of broth or water. Cook dinner on Guide at excessive stress for 12-14 minutes, do a 10-minute pure steam launch, after which a fast launch.
  2. You possibly can take away the trivet and shred the rooster immediately within the pot to combine into the juices if you need. Or, you possibly can take them out and shred them exterior of the pot and the juice. I normally take the rooster out, shred it, then prime it with the sauce, however actually it’s as much as you!

Make the sauce:

  1. Carry the refrigerated reserved marinade to a simmer in a small saucepan on the range. Simmer for 5-10 minutes (the longer it simmers, the extra lowered and barely thickened it will likely be). Spoon it on prime of the rooster and/or rice when serving.

hawaiian chicken marinade ingredients

hawaiian chicken marinade
You can even use floor garlic and ginger if you happen to’re in a rush


Crunchy, tangy and only a contact candy! This straightforward cucumber salad tastes similar to one thing you’d discover at your favourite Thai restaurant. I customise ours to go well with my four-year-old daughter’s palate, however I’ve added choices beneath if you happen to’d wish to dial up the stronger flavors.

  • Prep time: quarter-hour
  • Cook dinner time: 5 minutes
  • Complete time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound persian cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Non-obligatory: 1/4 cup contemporary cilantro, 1/4 cup purple thinly sliced purple onion, and 1/3 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Place peeled and sliced cucumbers in a colander, and sprinkle salt over them.
  2. Toss the cucumbers to coat them with the salt, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Gently blot the cucumber slices dry with a paper towels.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar and sugar. Microwave for about 30 seconds till sugar is dissolved.
  5. In a big bowl, place the cucumbers and carrots, pour the rice vinegar and sugar combination excessive, and stir to mix.
  6. Non-obligatory: at this level, be happy to combine within the cilantro and sliced purple onion as effectively.
  7. Cowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or as much as 24 hours.
  8. If you happen to’re utilizing peanuts, sprinkle them on simply earlier than serving.
cucumber carrot salad
This cucumber carrot salad provides crunch and texture to the meal.

cucumber carrot salad ingredients


A creamy, candy and tangy salad with some crunch. It is a staple on a typical Hawaiian lunch plate. You possibly can simply customise this salad to make it your personal by including onions, your favourite proteins (eggs or rooster can be good!), or possibly even some diced, cooked potato. Completely as much as you. After I make it for our household, I miss the uncooked onions as a result of in any other case my child gained’t contact the stuff, however I’ve added choices beneath if you happen to choose punchier flavors.

  • Prep time: half-hour
  • Cook dinner time: 10 minutes
  • Complete time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 8-oz field of pasta (macaroni is nice, however spirals work too! As a result of El Hub has Celiac and is gluten-free, I take advantage of Banza Pasta)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, divided (I used mild mayo)
  • 1 cup entire milk, divided
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus further for cooking the pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • Non-obligatory: 5-7 inexperienced onions, sliced skinny


  1. Generously salt a big pot of water, convey to a boil, and cook dinner your previous based on the directions on the field. Drain, return to the pot and toss with the vinegar. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk collectively 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise and three/4 cup of the milk till absolutely included. Then, combine within the brown sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Toss the cooled pasta into the mayo/milk combination, and let come to room temperature (I normally wait about 15-20 minutes).
  4. As soon as cool, fold within the carrot and celery. If you happen to’re utilizing the inexperienced onions, you possibly can add them at this level. Whisk the remaining mayonnaise and milk, pour over the salad, and toss effectively to coat. Add further salt and pepper to style.
  5. Chill within the fridge till the pasta is chilly.
hawaiian mac salad
Creamy, tangy and scrumptious


Calmly candy and fluffy, this coconut rice is the right addition to your Asian-inspired dishes. Lengthy grain rice like Basmati and Jasmine work finest; nevertheless, I’ve used quick grain rice in a pinch, and though it’s “technically” edible, it’s very gluey and gummy, so I wouldn’t advocate it. Additionally, I choose to make use of the full-fat model of the coconut milk as a result of the fam-bam likes the richer taste, however you possibly can substitute it with mild if you happen to’d like.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook dinner time: 25
  • Complete time: 30
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 can coconut milk, common or mild
  • 1 1/4 cup rooster broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse, kosher salt


  1. Mix the rice, coconut milk, broth and salt in a big pan.
  2. Carry to a mild boil over medium warmth, stirring from time to time to stop the rice from sticking to the underside of the pan.
  3. Scale back the warmth to low, then place a canopy on the pot, and cook dinner for 16 minutes.
  4. Flip off the warmth, depart the pot coated (don’t raise up the lid!), and let it sit on the range for 10 minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork if you happen to’d like, then serve.
coconut rice ingredients
The beginning of one thing yummy!

coconut rice overview

Aloha and revel in!

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