Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken recipe – only simple 4 ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice, and honey. TONS of great flavor!! We ate this chicken 2 days in a row! Leftovers are great on a salad or in a sandwich wrap. Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, thighs, or drumsticks. So simple and SO delicious!

Originally posted June 2, 2016

plate of grilled chicken with ingredients behind it

Remember this recipe.

Pin this recipe to your favorite board now to remember it later!

Pin This Recipe

Sweet Chili Pineapple Chicken

This Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken has been on repeat at our house! It is super simple to make and tastes great! Chicken marinated in sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice, and honey. The chili sauce gives the chicken a touch of sweetness without being overly sweet. The pineapple juice makes us feel like we were eating at the beach! We LOVE the tropical flair to the chicken. Add this to your menu ASAP!

grilled chicken in a cast iron grill pan

How to Make Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken

This chicken marinade is super easy to make with only four simple ingredients. In a bowl, stir together sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice, and honey. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight. 

When ready to cook the chicken. Prepare the grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard. Cook chicken on the grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Garnish chicken with dried parsley or cilantro.

Helpful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Thai sweet chili sauce. You can find it in the condiment aisle.
    • I like Frank’s Red Hot, Panda Express, or Thai Kitchen.
  • Can make chicken skewers with veggies and pineapple chunks. Onion and bell peppers are great.
  • Is this chicken spicy? No. The chili sauce is more sweet than spicy. For a spicier dish, add some red pepper flakes.
  • Feel free to add garlic, ginger, or a splash of lime juice to the marinade.
  • Can reserve some of the marinade or make extra to use as a dipping sauce.
  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Cook until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Pound the boneless skinless chicken breasts to an even thickness. Put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken breasts in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • Can I cook this in the slow cooker? Yes. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Shred the chicken and serve it over rice with some chopped green onions.
plate of grilled chicken

What to Serve with Grilled Chicken

This chicken is a winner every time I make it. Kids and adults gobble this up!  I always have the ingredients on hand to whip this up at a moment’s notice. We like to serve this with some broccoli and pineapple coleslaw. Leftovers are great on top of a salad or chopped up in a quesadilla. These are already on the menu again for this weekend!

Looking for more side dish ideas? Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog:

Teriyaki Asparagus

Teriyaki Asparagus and Mushrooms – our favorite asparagus recipe. SO delicious!! Fresh asparagus, shallot, mushrooms, garlic, teriyaki sauce, and sesame…

plate of grilled chicken with ingredients behind it

Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Chili Pineapple Grilled Chicken – only simple 4 ingredients! Chicken, chili sauce, pineapple juice, and honey. TONS of great flavor!! We ate this chicken 2 days in a row! Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, thighs, or drumsticks. So simple and SO delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup honey

Instructions:

  • Whisk together sweet chili sauce, pineapple juice and honey. Reserve ¼ cup of sauce and pour remaining sauce over chicken tenders. Marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Grill until done, about 5 minutes per side. Brush chicken with reserved sauce on each side and cook for an additional minute on each side.

Notes:

I used Sweet Chili Sauce – look for Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce, Panda Express Sweet Chili Sauce, Thai Kitchen Red Chili Sauce. Just make sure it is the SWEET chili sauce, not plain hot sauce.
Can use any cut of chicken you prefer – breasts, tenders, thighs, or drumsticks.
Can use boneless or bone-in – adjust the cooking time until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
To cook chicken tenders without a grill, pan sear them in a skillet for 4 or 5 minutes per side, until they reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.
To cook chicken breasts without a grill pan sear chicken for 3 or 4 minutes per side. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and cook at 400ºF for 10 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Steph

Remember this recipe.

Pin this recipe to your favorite board now to remember it later!

Pin This Recipe
plate of grilled chicken

Categories:

Tags:

You Might Also Like

See All Chicken

Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs Chicken recipe – copycat Outback Steakhouse recipe- grilled chicken topped with honey mustard, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and melted…

Comments

  1. We had this for dinner last night and used leftovers for tacos tonite. This recipe is a game changer! So so good. Thank you for the idea! This is surely on the weekly rotation!

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating