Grilled chicken the way it should be! Tender, sweet and savory – grilled up with juicy brown sugar pineapple for an easy dinner in 20 minutes.
Full Disclosure: Albertsons compensated me for developing this recipe with their products. That being said I have been an Albertsons shopper since I was a little girl and shop there on a regular basis. My promise to you is that I will only promote products and companies I love and use in my home.
We like our chicken tender and we like it weeknight easy! Grilled chicken can be one of the best dinners you ever make but all too often recipes turn out dry and flavorless. This, my friends, is NOT one of those recipes!
Pineapple juice and a few simple spices transform the humble chicken breast to a flavorful and classy dinner. This is one of those recipes that has a lot of flexibility to it. You can add a bit more sweet chili sauce to make it spicy or add some green onion for pizazz. By all means make this your own!
As family we make it a priority to use high quality ingredients and make most of our dinners healthy. But the family rule is that dinner still has to taste great! Every time I’ve used Open Nature® chicken I have been impressed with the quality. When you open the package it smells and feels great.
I also like that the meat is raised without antibiotics or added hormones. When I bring home Open Nature® Chicken Breast Tenders I feel confident that I’m feeding my family something wholesome. I appreciate that the price fits within my budget! It is nice that Albertsons® believes that good quality food should be available at a good price!
Jack turned 18 months this week. He has always spent a lot of time with me in the kitchen but as he gets older, I have been involving him in the cooking process as much as possible. I talk to him about what we buy and why. It may sound a bit crazy but over and over I have seen Jack learn by watching what the adults around him do. He is a little sponge and now more than ever I want to live out good food choices and skills that will stay with him the rest of his life.
As he watches me cook I want him to see that quality ingredients are an important part of a good meal. Being able to cook simple but delicious food is an important life skill. Considering how much he enjoyed Hawaiian Grilled Chicken, I’m sure that this recipe will be one he will use time and time again.
Open Nature products are only available at the Albertsons family of stores. I shop at Albertsons here in Boise and at Safeway when I’m in Oregon visiting my family. In your area the stores may be under one of these names: ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway. You can visit Albertsons.com to find a store near you and to get more great recipes like this.
Have a great week guys. Thanks for stopping by to cook with me!
Tools In This Post: Food should always be cooked enough to be safe but never overcooked. Nobody likes dried out chicken! Using a good quality thermometer will help you get all your food just right with no extra work.
Love easy dinners? Check out this simple baked salmon. Our family and guests love it!
Hawaiian Grilled Chicken & Pineapple
For The Chicken
- 2 pounds Open Nature® 99% Fat Free Chicken Breast Tenders
- ¼ cup canned pineapple juice
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1 - 2 tsp. sweet red chili sauce optional
- Fresh cilantro to taste
For The Pineapple
- 1 large pineapple 12 wedges
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
In a one gallon ziplock bag place all the ingredients for the chicken except the cilantro. Seal the bag and shake the contents around until all the ingredients are mixed and the chicken is coated.
Leave the bag on the counter to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours flipping occasionally.
Remove the top and bottom of the pineapple and cut the rind off the sides. Cut the pineapple into quarters from top to bottom and then cut out the core of each piece. Slice the quarters into about 4 spears each.
Place the spears of pineapple into a 2nd gallon ziploc bag with the ¼ cup brown sugar. Toss gently to coat and leave out with the chicken.
When the marinating is finished, pre-heat your grill to a medium heat of about 350 F.
Add the pineapple to the grill first and let it cook 3-4 minutes before adding the chicken. (Reserve the sugar sauce for basting or serving if desired.)
Add the chicken along side of the pineapple. Grill 4-6 minutes until the chicken is cooked on the bottom. Flip the chicken and the pineapple and grill another 2-4 minutes until the chicken is firm to the touch and has reached an internal temperature of 160 F.
The pineapple is done when it is hot through and has good grill marks. Remove the chicken and pineapple to a platter and use a cooking brush to baste the sauce from the pineapple bag over both if desired.
Tear up some fresh cilantro leaves and scatter over the chicken and pineapple. Serve with steamed rice. Teriyaki sauce and sweet chili sauce are good condiments for this meal.
Recipe NotesOnly Use Canned Pineapple Juice: Pineapple has an enzyme in it called bromelain. It is amazing for breaking down meat protein and making it tender. However, it can also go too far and destroy the texture of your chicken. Canned pineapple juice has been heated which deactivates the enzyme. It will give you a great marinade without breaking down the chicken too much.
Time is Key: When it comes to pineapple juice some time to marinate is good but too much is bad. I found that more than two hours in the marinade was too much. This is not a marinade to leave overnight.
Store Leftovers Separately: I also suggest storing any leftover pineapple and chicken in two separate containers. The grilled pineapple will probably not be heated enough to deactivate the enzyme.
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