Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple – Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple - Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

Grilled Aloha Chicken For Summery Meals

It tastes like a trip to Hawaii minus the airfare. Ok kidding, sort of.

I called this recipe Hawaiian chicken because the chicken has notes of soy sauce but with hint of brown sugar to mellow the saltiness along with lemon juice and ginger.

The chicken is so tender, juicy, and full of awesome flavor.

This is perfect summer outdoor barbecue and hanging out with friends food (one day soon). And it’s also perfect for casual summer dinners when anything more than 10 minutes sounds like too long or too much work. I can relate.

It’s naturally healthy and gluten-free (use GF soy sauce if this is important to you). Plus anything that has pineapple as a key element of the main course is bound to be popular with the kiddos or picky eaters.

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple - Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

What’s In The Marinade?

You may just have everything in your fridge and pantry to make this marinade because it’s so simple:

  • Ketchup
  • Soy Sauce 
  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper

With marinades, I like to keep things simple, fast, and easy. After all, that’s what grilling should be about.

How Long To Marinate

I like to marinate my chicken overnight for the full and tenderizing effects, but if you’re running short on time, even 30 to 60 minutes will do.

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple - Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

What Kind Of Pineapple To Use?

The grilled pineapple is where it’s at for me. This is not the first time I’ve grilled pineapple. This Grilled Pineapple Lemonade Sangria comes to mind and would be perfect with this meal!

I used a medium-sized fresh pineapple. Simply clean it, and in the coring process you should have long spears, as a result of getting the core out.

Cut the spears so that they’re about 1 to 1 1/2-inches wide. You don’t want skinny spears. They will fall apart or fall through the grill grates. Or burn. None of which would be good.

I have not experimented using canned pineapple rings. The issue is that it’s softer than fresh pineapple and I worry it may not stand up to the heat of the grill. Plus, it’s very juicy and all that juice (sugar) could burn more easily. I recommend using fresh pineapple.

Pro Grilling Tips

As a shortcut, I used thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts. Their thinner size makes for faster grilling times and much more even cooking.

This recipe would be even faster with chicken breast tenders or sometimes called breast cutlets or medallions, but as it is with the thin-sliced breasts I only needed to grill them five minutes per side and they were done.

Many times with large chicken breasts on the grill, I struggle to keep the outside from becoming overly dark before the interior is fully cooked through but with either thin-sliced or breast tenders, you don’t have to worry about that.

You can see that the inside is perfectly cooked, without being overcooked. 

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple - Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

Yield: 4

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Grilled Aloha Chicken and Pineapple - Transports you to Hawaii with every bite of this tender, juicy chicken and the grilled pineapple seals the deal!! EASY, HEALTHY, ready in 10 minutes, and perfect for summer parties, barbecues, and casual weeknight dinners!!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts (I had 4 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 fresh pineapple, cleaned, cored, and sliced into about 8 one-inch wide long spears
  • thinly sliced green onions, optional for garnishing

Instructions

    1. To a large ziptop plastic bag, add all ingredients except the pineapple and green onions, seal, and smoosh around to evenly coat chicken. Place bag in fridge for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, to marinate.
    2. Lightly oil grill grates and preheat grill to medium-high heat.
    3. Add the chicken, place chicken on grill, and dunk the pineapple spears into the bag with the marinade, and place them on the grill. Discard the bag with the marinade.
    4. Grill the chicken for about 5 minutes on the first side with lid closed, flip, and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on the second side with lid closed, or until chicken is cooked through and as done as desired. The pineapple can be rotated every 2 to 3 minutes, making that all sides touch the grill grates at some point during the cooking process (ensures that you kill the bacteria associated with the raw chicken marinade).
    5. Optionally garnish the chicken with green onions and serve immediately. Chicken and pineapple will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1507mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 55g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate and in this recipe, since you're not using all the marinade and because that's a significant source of the calories (ketchup, olive oil, sugar), I believe the stats are artificially elevated, but I am not a dietician and this is my opinion.

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