Healthy & Easy Grilled Pineapple Chicken
Are you looking for a simple & healthy pineapple chicken marinade? You’ve come to the right place! This easy, healthy Grilled Pineapple Chicken is the perfect dinner idea. This grilled chicken and pineapple comes together in minutes, and can be made on gas, charcoal or a stove-top grill pan.
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The BEST Pineapple Chicken Marinade for Grilled Chicken and Pineapple
Grilled pineapple and chicken is one of my absolute favorite summer dinners. The sweet and savory pineapple chicken marinade seasons the chicken perfectly and helps it stay moist and juicy!
In this post I’ll show you how to make the pineapple chicken marinade, how to grill the chicken and pineapple, and ideas for serving this delicious chicken recipe!
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How do I make a chicken marinade?
To make this pineapple chicken marinade, you’ll simply whisk together the marinade ingredients in a bowl. You’ll need the following:
- Avocado oil or olive oil – I prefer avocado oil as it has a high smoke point and doesn’t flame-up on the grill.
- Soy sauce or liquid soy aminos – I like Bragg Soy Aminos
- Brown Sugar Substitute – I use and prefer Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute
- Low-Sugar or No Sugar Added Ketchup
- Minced garlic
- Ground ginger – fresh ginger is also fantastic!
- Chili powder
- Salt and Pepper
(For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post. Thanks!)
Once you’ve whisked together the ingredients, reserve about 1/3 cup of the marinade. You will use this to brush on top of the chicken as it cooks.
Pour the remaining marinade over the top of your chicken that has been placed in a resealable bag or shallow dish. Make sure the marinade coats the chicken well. Refrigerate the marinated chicken.
How long does chicken need to marinate?
Chicken will need at least 30 minutes to take on the flavors of the marinade. It is safe to marinate chicken anywhere from 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
Ready to make your grilled pineapple chicken?
Once the chicken has spent time marinating, it is ready to be grilled.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining marinade. It is not safe to brush your chicken with marinade that it has been sitting in. Please throw this away.
You will use the reserved marinade to brush on to the cooked chicken.
What temperature is best to grill chicken?
Your chicken is ready to grill when the temperature reached 350-400 degrees. I find it best to grill over indirect heat. To do this, I turn the center burner to the lowest setting while keeping the side burners on a medium-high heat.
How long do I cook grilled chicken and pineapple?
When cooking over a medium-high heat, and using indirect heat (see above), the ideal cooking time for medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts is about 6 minutes per side.
This time will vary given the temperature of your grill and the thickness of your chicken. To ensure your chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, it is best to use a meat thermometer or an instant-read digital thermometer. I like and use this ThermaPen Instant Read Digital Meat Thermometer.
How long should I grill pineapple?
For fresh pineapple, grill it approximately 4-6 minutes per side. These pineapple slices were about 1/3″ thick, and were grilled the same time as the chicken – 6 minutes per side.
I would recommend brushing the pineapple with avocado or olive oil prior to grilling to prevent sticking.
How do you grill chicken without drying it out?
Here are a few tips to grill chicken and keep it, moist, tender and juicy:
- Don’t overcook the chicken. For best results, grill chicken over indirect heat at approximately 350-400 degree grill temperature. Grill for approximately 6 minutes per side. Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.
- Marinate chicken to add flavor and juiciness. Adding chicken to a marinade will give it extra moisture while cooking from the oil. Chicken is a very lean meat, and there is little fat to keep it moist.
- Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Allowing the meat to rest for approximately 5-10 minutes after coming off the grill will help the juices settle into the meat. Cutting the chicken right away will dry out the meat and not let the juices distribute into the protein fibers.
What should I serve with grilled chicken and pineapple?
Make it simple by serving sides like brown rice and vegetables. Here are a few more ideas:
- Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries
- Watermelon Cucumber Salad
- Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad
- Italian Tortellini Salad
- Classic Macaroni Salad
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Here’s the recipe for my Grilled Pineapple Chicken:
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3-4 medium)
- 1/3 c. avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce (or soy aminos)
- 1/4 c. pineapple juice
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar substitute (like Swerve)
- 2 Tbsp. low-sugar ketchup
- 2 tsp. minced garlic (about 2-3 cloves)
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Fresh pineapple slices
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar substitute, ketchup, garlic, ground ginger, pepper, chili powder and salt. Reserve approximately 1/3 cup of the marinade and set aside.
- Place the chicken breasts into a resealable bag and pour the remainder of the marinade over the chicken. Coat the chicken well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 24 hours.
- When ready to cook, heat grill on medium-high heat. Treat grill grates with olive oil. Place chicken over indirect heat, and grill approximately 6 minutes per side. Once you turn the chicken, brush with the reserved marinade, and let it cook for the final 6 minutes.
- If grilling pineapple, brush pineapple slices with olive oil, and cook alongside the chicken. Pineapple can also cook approximately 6 minutes per side.
- Remove chicken from grill, transfer to serving plate and enjoy right away alongside the grilled pineapple.