Grilled Pineapple Chicken

This grilled pineapple chicken is such an easy to make and tasty meal. The pineapple and soy marinade is the star of the show and makes for a great finishing glaze. 

This is such a great recipe for the summer and the grill. It takes very little time and the marinade does all the work. While you don’t want to marinate for too long this is one that you can prepare a few hours in advance and perfect for those that don’t have a lot of time. Get ready to watch this chicken disappear especially if it is on top of some tasty coconut rice. 

In this recipe

This is a pretty simple recipe and straight forward recipe which you can never go wrong with. The ingredients are easy to come by which makes this perfect to just throw it together. 

Pineapple: both the fresh fruit and the juice will provide a great flavor as well as sweetness to the dish. 

Soy sauce: provides the salt for the dish as well as deepen the flavors of the chicken and pineapple. 

Chicken thighsthese are higher in fat but will be more juicy than breasts. However if you prefer a chicken breast slice it in half width wise to make them nice and thin so they cook quickly. 

Ingredients for pineapple chicken on a wooden cutting board
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Time to marinate

The best thing about this marinade is that it takes about 5 minutes to put everything together. Then all you need to do is pour it over the chicken. One of the more important things you need to be aware of is how long you marinate the chicken. Both pineapple and honey contain enzymes that are great for tenderizing however if you marinate for too long like overnight the enzymes will break down the chicken and you will end up with something you don’t want. 

Marinade in a metal bowl
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Chicken thighs marinating in a plastic bag
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Chicken on the grill
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Grilled chicken on the grill
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Grilling pineapple chicken

Once everything is ready to go you will want to make sure that you brush or spray oil on the grill. This will help keep the chicken and pineapple from sticking to the grill. Once the grill is nice and hot you will want to cook it with the skin side up first. Once it is ready to flip you want to make sure you don’t move it to make sure it gets those nice grill marks. 

A serving of pineapple chicken on a plate with rice.
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What do I serve this with?

Some of my favorite things to serve this chicken with are:

  • coconut rice
  • grilled bok choy 
  • grilled zucchini 
  • roasted artichokes 
  • green beans 
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Grilled Pineapple Chicken

Chicken thighs marinated in pineapple and soy sauce, grilled to perfection and served with grilled pineapple slices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 397 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Ziploc bag
  • Whisk
  • Grill
  • Tongs


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 pineapple
  • tablespoons green onions thinly sliced


  • 6 ounces pineapple juice canned not fresh
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika


  • In a mixing bowl combine the marinade ingredients and whisk to combine set and set aside.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Remove the excess air and refrigerate. Allow to marinate for at least an hour but no more than 4.
  • Preheat the grill to 500°F or 260°C.
  • While the grill is heating remove the skin from the pineapple and slice into roughly ¼ inch thick rounds.
  • Spray or brush the grill with oil and add the chicken thighs and the pineapple. Make sure the pineapple is not over direct heat. Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side to make sure they are cooked through.
  • Serve brush with the glaze if desired. Top with sliced green onion.

Making the glaze

  • In a saucepan heat the marinade and bring to a boil. Reduce by ⅔ and allow to cool. Brush on the cooked chicken.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 32gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 915mgPotassium: 703mgFiber: 3gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 625IUVitamin C: 77mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Hawaiian, Pineapple, Soy Sauce
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