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Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken

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Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken - with just a few ingredients, you can make the most amazing grilled chicken dish completed with grilled pineapples and the most delicious, slightly spicy barbecue sauce.

If you have never combined chicken, barbecue sauce, and pineapple, you're missing out! It is such a delicious combination and one that you will be eating all summer long once you try it. Plus it's made with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in the house. The key to this recipe is doctoring up your favorite store bought barbecue sauce to give it a Hawaiian twist with pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, and fresh garlic. The chicken hangs out and marinates in this semi-homemade sauce and then is grilled alongside some fresh pineapple. Yum.

Here are some things to keep in mind when making this Pineapple Barbecue Chicken

  • This recipe works great with chicken breast or chicken thighs depending on what you prefer. It also can easily be changed int a kebab recipe. Just chop up the marinated chicken and thread it into skewers with the pineapple and some fresh peppers and onions. Brush everything with the marinade and toss them on the grill. I also imagine it would work great for pork chops but I haven't tried it yet.
  • Although I love grilled pineapple with this recipe, you could also venture out and try some other fruit variations. Fresh grilled peaches would be delicious and you could add some peach nectar to the barbecue sauce.
  • I tend to like everything a bit spicy so I add Sriracha to the barbecue sauce for a sweet and spicy combination. You can definitely leave this out if you aren't looking for a spicy fish or serve it on the side for those who want it.
  • When it comes to side dishes, I almost always serve this with some fresh grilled corn on the cob and a big green salad. It's my idea of a perfect summer meal.

Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken with parsley sprinkled on top.

Looking for more grilled chicken recipes?

Here are some tools and products I used when cooking this recipe:

  • If you don't have a gas or charcoal grill at home, a grill pan is a great option for grilling indoors. I used one for years when I lived in an apartment that didn't allow grills. The two that I use most often are this nonstick version and this cast iron version. The nonstick is great for easy clean-up but the cast iron will give you deeper grill marks and more smoky flavor.
  • Pineapples can be a pain to cut, especially if you want pretty pineapple rings. That's where a pineapple corer comes in handy. It slices the pineapple into perfect rings in about one minute. If you eat a lot of pineapple, it's worth it.
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  • 1.33 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 U garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (optional, more to taste)
  • 2 cups pineapple, sliced

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz. chicken and 2-3 pineapple slices
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 790mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 19g
Protein 33g


  1. Mix together the barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade letting excess drip off. Spray the pineapple slices with cooking spray. Grill the chicken and pineapple for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. For thinner chicken, cook less time on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, pour the excess marinade into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let cook 4-5 minutes until slightly reduced. Serve drizzled on the chicken and pineapple.
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