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

This Hawaii-inspired meal continues to be one among our favorites. Strive 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 once we can to see our household.

We had journeys deliberate for this yr to have fun some huge birthdays for the grandparents, however, as you understand, “The ‘Rona” was like “HAHAHAAAAAA,” so we haven’t been in a position to make it again shortly. Hopefully, ahead of later although (fingers and toes crossed).

We’ve been lacking Hawaii an important deal these days, so I’ve been making this Hawaiian lunch plate-inspired meal to assist us really feel a little bit extra related to the islands.

hawaiian chicken plate side

A Hawaiian lunch plate sometimes has a scoop of rice, a scoop of candy and tangy macaroni salad, a protein of some variety (like spam or teriyaki rooster) and a facet 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 woman, make right here most likely 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 various requests for this dish over the past month.

hawaiian chicken with sauce
A little bit candy, a little bit salty, and all types 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 neglect it, and the outcomes are constantly fan-frickin’-tastic. The rooster is all the time tender and bursting with taste.

In case you are culinarily-inclined, you might most likely adapt it to a stovetop or a grill, however I haven’t tried both of these but. However severely, the Instantaneous Pot is a foolproof device for me, in order that’s what I exploit 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 after I posted a pic of it some time again right here, there have been fairly a number of 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 simple, 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 exploit 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 principally 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 a minimum of 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. Whenever you’re able to cook dinner the rooster, place the trivet into the underside of the Instantaneous Pot, and layer the rooster on high 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 Handbook at excessive strain for 12-14 minutes, do a 10-minute pure steam launch, after which a fast launch.
  2. You’ll be able to take away the trivet and shred the rooster straight within the pot to combine into the juices if you would like. Or, you’ll be able to take them out and shred them outdoors of the pot and the juice. I normally take the rooster out, shred it, then high it with the sauce, however actually it’s as much as you!

Make the sauce:

  1. Deliver 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 diminished and barely thickened it is going to be). Spoon it on high of the rooster and/or rice when serving.

hawaiian chicken marinade ingredients

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


Crunchy, tangy and only a contact candy! This simple 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
  • Elective: 1/4 cup recent cilantro, 1/4 cup pink thinly sliced pink 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. Elective: at this level, be at liberty to combine within the cilantro and sliced pink onion as properly.
  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’ll be able to simply customise this salad to make it your individual 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 omit 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 want 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 exploit Banza Pasta)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, divided (I used gentle 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
  • Elective: 5-7 inexperienced onions, sliced skinny


  1. Generously salt a big pot of water, convey to a boil, and cook dinner your previous in line with 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 totally integrated. 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’ll be able to add them at this level. Whisk the remaining mayonnaise and milk, pour over the salad, and toss properly 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


Flippantly 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 suggest it. Additionally, I want 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’ll be able to substitute it with gentle 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 gentle
  • 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. Deliver to a delicate boil over medium warmth, stirring now and again 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 lined (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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