Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango

The flavors in this dish just scream warm and sunny tropical island.

So much so that it makes me wish I was on a tropical island right about now.

Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Dinner that tastes like a tropical vacation is a guaranteed hit!!

It’s a fast, easy recipe the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 15 minutes. This isn’t traditional jerk chicken but who said we always have to be traditional.

I love the warming flavors in jerk seasoning and it varies from brand to brand but allspice, peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, brown sugar, garlic, and salt are common.

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Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Dinner that tastes like a tropical vacation is a guaranteed hit!!

Combined with a sauce made with pineapple juice, honey, and brown sugar for sweetness, and lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for tanginess, the chicken is bursting with sweet-and-tangy flavor and wonderfully moist.

I am all about sauces and dips, always need extra, and this one is ridiculously good. You’ll have more than you like need for the chicken and it’s wonderful drizzled over rice, pasta, or vegetables.

Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Dinner that tastes like a tropical vacation is a guaranteed hit!!

I caramelized pineapple and mango to top the chicken. I used coconut oil which enhances the tropical flair, but you can substitute with another oil.

I used canned pineapple since I needed the juice anyway for the sauce for the chicken and I used frozen mango but if you have fresh, even better. Pineapple holds up to heat and the caramelization process better than mango because it’s firmer, but I adore any caramelized fruit.

Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango - Easy and ready in 15 minutes! Dinner that tastes like a tropical vacation is a guaranteed hit!!

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Sweet and Tangy Jerk Chicken with Caramelized Pineapple and Mango

The flavors in this dish just scream warm and sunny tropical island. It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 15 minutes. It isn’t traditional jerk chicken but who said we always have to be traditional. I love the warming flavors in jerk seasoning and combined with an easy sauce that's ridiculously good, the chicken is bursting with sweet-and-tangy flavor and wonderfully moist. I used coconut oil for the caramelize fruit which enhances the tropical flair, but you can substitute with another oil.

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: about 10 minutes

Total Time: about 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (from one 16-ounce can pineapple chunks, reserve the pineapple for caramelizing)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Caramelized Pineapple and Mango

  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or another preferred oil)
  • about 1 cup pineapple chunks (reserved from can)
  • about 1 cup mango chunks (I used frozen that I allowed to thaw)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Chicken - To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, pineapple juice, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon jerk seasoning, salt, pepper, and stir to combine; set aside.
  2. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, generously sprinkle each chicken breast on both sides with jerk seasoning. Add chicken to skillet and cook chicken over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side so that it has a nice sear. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts. Chicken should be about 80 to 90% cooked through.
  3. Remove skillet from heat, turn heat to medium-low, and carefully add the sauce noting that it will bubble up vigorously in the first few seconds.
  4. Place skillet back on the heat and allow chicken to cook for about 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and reduced some, has darkened in color, and chicken is cooked through. Flip chicken a few times throughout. While chicken cooks, caramelize the fruit.
  5. Caramelized Pineapple and Mango - To a separate large skillet, add the coconut oil, pineapple, mango, optionally sprinkle with salt, and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown and caramelized, about 8 minutes, flipping every few minutes to ensure all sides are evenly cooked.
  6. Top chicken with caramelized fruit and serve immediately. Chicken and fruit are best warm and fresh, but leftovers will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days. I store fruit and chicken separately.
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50 comments

  1. Another great chicken recipe! And we’re big fans of caramelized pineapple around here (honestly, it’s SOOO good), so this will go over very well. I love how you’re using all the frozen mango this week, too! Then you can make this dish in the depths of winter and still feel breezy!

    • I didn’t even realize I had another recipe in the last few days with frozen mango (the mango pineapple margaritas, duh!) and I totally think you should wash this dinner down with those :)

  2. Averie – I want all of this chicken. It’s such a flavorful dish and it looks like it would satisfy all of my chicken and fruit cravings. Traditional is boring, but this is adventurous and daring! I love it. :D 

  3. You can’t go wrong with caramelized pineapple! This looks fantastic.  I love a quick dinner that looks this good.  

  4. Your opening sentence covers it all!  Definitely tropical island.  I love, love, LOVE the grilled pineapple and mangos on top.  :)

  5. I love pineapple and pretty much eat it every day once Spring arrives…lately I’ve been so into mango and the combination of them both together is insanely good….can wait to try this recipe…

  6. Loving the caramelized mango and pineapple. Serve me just that and I’d me perfectly happy!! Seasoning on the chicken looks great too :)

  7. Your chicken recipes are outstanding!! Gotta make this over the weekend. One of my (teenage)nephews gave me some spice mixes he made himself (such a thoughtful gift)! Anyway, one of them is jerk seasoning and this is the perfect recipe to use it in!

    • No way…you have a teenage nephew who is making his own spice blends?! Omg. Wow. That is amazing. I can’t even get my daughter to make her bed :)

      And what a stroke of serendipity that you can use the jerk seasoning here! And thanks for the compliments on my chicken recipes. Just way for May. I have lots of things coming up I think you will like :)

  8. I must try this! I love that sweet and spicy hint-of-island that jerk and pineapple give in a recipe. Pinned!

  9. Love all the favors here, the tropical fruits are such a nice touch, I am all about sweet and savory recipes, especially when it comes top chicken, since it can be so bland sometimes.

  10. I LOVE when you post savory recipes….I must make this for my kids!!

  11. If I make this, will the weather turn warm and sunny? ;) Looks and sounds yummy.

  12. Oh man, these chicken breasts look AMAZING.  I’m going to try your glaze and put it on the BBQ!  Grilled Chicken with Grilled Pineapple.  Swoon… Thanks for the inspo, love your blog!

  13. I second the above comments…keep the savory and chicken recipes coming! I feel like I have made every kind of chicken breast known to man but this is new and different. How could you look at those photos and NOT try this!   :)

  14. The caramelized pineapple alone is incentive enough for me to make this, but throw in a juicy, flavorful chicken and I’m all about this! Love it, Averie! 

  15. Averie, that chicken looks so succulent!!  And I can just imagine the big, bold flavors.  YUM!

  16. I’m with all the people above – keep on with the savory and the chicken recipes!!  

    I can’t get enough jerk seasoned anything in the spring and summer.  I love to make kabobs with chicken and pineapple and tomatoes.  Actually, I’m usually too lazy to even skewer them, and just use my grill pan.  No shame.

    • Thanks for the support and praise and this sauce…you would LOVE it. Love love love. Your kabobs sound perfect! Tomatoes and pineapple are two of my all-time faves! Funny, I just bought a grill pan recently for summer ‘grilling season’ since it’s as close to a real grill as I’ll get.

  17. This dish looks super flavorful. Love the tropical flavors!

  18. Not that it’s any of my business so feel free to not answer :) but are you not a vegetarian anymore? Would you comment about the process to change? I have been a vegetarian for several years but now with kids I’d love to start adding animal protein

  19. I really like your blog & the recipes, but why is it that every time I print a recipe I first get an advertisement?  This doesn’t happen on any of the other blogs I print from.

    • I’m not sure how you’re printing exactly – are you clicking on the “Print” icon in the recipe card section of post? I have never heard of this or had this happen when I periodically test my own site. I’ll let my team know. Thanks for the heads up.

  20. This chicken looks absolutely amazing! Im drooling from the pictures!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  21. This looks awesome! I have to try it :)

  22. I think it looks great! Definitely enough to make me want to try it! Thanks!

  23. I did some more testing, and an advertisement comes up whenever you first click on the site, not just when the print button is selected.  Since I only click on the site when I want to print a recipe that is why I always get an advertisement first.  Still, I don’t see that with any of the other blogs I follow.

    • Thanks for doing some digging and I REALLY appreciate the feedback because I just went and passed this along to my tech team and they’re looking into it more now. I think it has something to do with Google and Google Adsense and an overall glitch that Google had been having for awhile but we’ll look into it more and sorry for the trouble in the meantime.

  24. Hi, I have been following you for a couple of years.  It seems like lately u have been posting more meat recipes.  I always thought you were a strict  vegetarian?! I remember u would use pseudo meats from trader joes.

    Regardless this looks so succulent.  Thx 4 posting this.

  25. This is making me want to buy a plane ticket right now to Hawaii or the Caribbean… But my bank account is telling me that probably isn’t such a hot idea. Darn it!! If only I could pull up a chair at your table instead. ;)

  26. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I add onion and red bell pepper and served with pearl couscous. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the great recipe Averie!

  27. I made this today with a little modification…Jon grilled the chicken and I made the sauce. This really is outstanding–a lot going on and we love it! Thank goodness for leftovers…it’s too good to just have once. I’m anxious to see what you have coming in May!

  28. Tried this last night and it was really good. I look forward to trying more of your things

  29. Is there a certain “jerk season ” you recommend 

  30. Made this tonight per my husbands request and it is VERY good! Just the right amount of sweet and spice! Served it over white rice and topped with cilantro!! Delicious!! This has now become a dinner staple in my family!!

  31. Looking at this, I’m wishing I was on a tropical island right now too! I’m making my menu plan for the week and this is going on it. It looks AMAZING! And 15 minutes…woo hoo…fast and easy is the best!

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