Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

Weeknight dinner has never been more flavorful than when you serve this hawaiian pineapple chicken. It’s packed with the flavor of the tropics, so every night is a luau. Pair this dish with a baked sweet potato and a simple salad for a dinner that the whole family is sure to enjoy!



a plate full of pineapple chicken ready to be served for dinner


Are you a sweet or savory person?

No, I’m not asking about your personality. What foods do you crave the most? Sweet or savory? Or are you one of those who loves to combine the sweet and savory…. you know what I’m talking about…. sweet potato fries dipped into your aip compliant vanilla ice cream (leave a comment if you know what totally non-aip food combination I was referring to there).

I’m totally savory. I mean I’ll eat a piece of fruit here or there and when I make an aip compliant treat I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t crave sweets the way I crave chips and sweet potato fries.

But, one thing that I do enjoy is adding a bit of sweet to my savory dishes. Mainly in the form of fruit. I have a friend who’s husband refers to fruit in food as ‘girl food,’ and if that’s true then I’m ok with enjoying said girl food.

What’s your favorite fruit in the savory dish recipe? Come on, help a girl out! And, if you’re like me, here are some recipes you may want to try.


Savory Dishes with Fruit:




three pieces of pineapple chicken on top of a plate full of caramelized pineapple


Did I tell you that I’ve started studying to become an NTC (nutritional therapy consultant)?

No, well I did, courses started a couple of months back. I’m loving all the nutritional info I’m learning and can’t wait to start helping clients with nutrition. But, at this point I feel like most of what I’m doing is helping friends and family with random questions. What will help me sleep better? What foods are good for digestion? Are there foods that will help my mood?

It’s been fun finding out all of this information, but I don’t want to keep it all for myself, so I thought I’d challenge myself to include some little nutritional tidbit in each post (or as many posts as I remember). So, let’s kick it off by talking about pineapple….


Nutritional benefits of Pineapple:

  1. high in vitamin C (1 serving is a daily dose of vitamin C)
  2. high in manganese – a mineral to help strengthen bones – especially helpful in post menopausal women
  3. helps with digestion – pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which  breaks down protein and pineapple is high in fiber which helps to keep things moving
  4. bromelain is also shown to reduce inflammation and can help prevent blood clots



a bit of pineapple and pineapple chicken being cut and enjoyed



Who’s Ready for Pineapple Chicken?


Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

  • Author: Bethany Darwin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Dinner


Chicken Marinade

  • 2 TBSP pineapple juice
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink salt

Caramelized Pineapple

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple pieces
  • 1.5 TBSP coconut sugar

Other Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken – breast or thighs – skinless/ boneless – pieces left whole
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup spring onion pieces (greens only)


  1. make the marinade – place all marinade ingredients in a large zip top bag and shake well to combine. Spoon about 1/2 of it out into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place chicken in the bag with the remaining 1/2 of the marinade, shake to cover the chicken, then seal and set aside for 15-20 minutes to marinate
  3. Caramelize the the pineapple – heat 1 TBSP coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once pan is hot, carefully add the pineapple pieces. Allow them to cook 2 minutes on each side. After 3 sides have cooked, sprinkle coconut sugar over the pineapple and stir well to combine. Continue cooking until pineapple gets a golden brown color on all sides. Remove pineapple from pan and set aside.
  4. Add 1 TBSP coconut oil to the pan and carefully place the chicken in the pan without marinade. Discard the marinade left in the bag.
  5. Allow chicken to cook 5 minutes on the first side, then flip and allow to cook 3 minutes on the 2nd side
  6. Then, add the pineapple and the 1/2 recipe of marinade (the one you set aside) back to the pan along with 1/4 cup water. Cover the pan loosely (with a lid  or foil), turn to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  7. Check to make sure chicken is cooked through and serve topped with spring onion pieces.





a plate stacked high with grilled pineapple chicken





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