Are you looking for a super easy, but delicious Hawaiian chicken recipe? Try this Hawaiian Skillet BBQ Pineapple Chicken recipe. It’s sure to delight your whole family! Scroll down for the full recipe!
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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. And yes, I like it on pizza! I love the bold flavor and it can add just the right punch to almost any dish.

I’m pretty obsessed with this pineapple chicken recipe that combines sweet and savory together for the ultimate summer barbecue dish!

Since not everyone owns a barbecue or has the ability to barbecue, I love that this BBQ pineapple chicken thighs recipe is for a skillet and people can make this inside their homes year-round. I’m all about barbecue dishes, even when it’s cold and rainy out!

Check out the rest of my Hawaiian recipes.

Hawaiian Skillet BBQ Pineapple Chicken Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.

Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken FAQs

What does pineapple do to chicken?

Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that can leave chicken a bit mushy. That’s why many recipes (like my Hawaiian BBQ Pineapple Chicken) calls for canned pineapple.

Does pineapple juice break down chicken?

Canned pineapple juice is pretty awesome for infusing some tropical flavor into your chicken without leaving it mushy. You’ll just want to make sure not to use it when marinating chicken overnight. However, fresh pineapple juice still has the bromelain enzyme that will break down chicken.

Are canned pineapples healthy?

While they aren’t as healthy as fresh pineapple, you can choose healthier versions. Look for canned pineapple that has no added sugar or that’s in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Hawaiian BBQ Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Ingredients for your Hawaiian BBQ Pineapple Chicken Thighs Recipe:

  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple in juice, drained but juice reserved
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakesHawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken by Top Hawaii Blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

How to Make Hawaiian BBQ Pineapple Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven broiler.
  2. Place a large (12 inch), oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and allow to coat the pan.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs on each side. Add to the pan and brown on both sides until almost cooked through.Hawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken by Top Hawaii Blog Hawaii Travel with Kids
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan. Using the reserved pineapple juice, deglaze the bottom of the pan by pouring the juice into the skillet and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the barbecue sauce and red pepper flakes.Hawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken by Top Hawaii Blog Hawaii Travel with Kids
  6. Dredge the chicken in the barbecue sauce and arrange around the skillet. Place sliced pineapple over chicken.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil the chicken until the sauce is caramelized and the edges of the pineapple are golden.Hawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken by Top Hawaii Blog Hawaii Travel with Kids
  8. Garnish your BBQ pineapple chicken with sliced green onions.Hawaiian Skillet BBQ Pineapple Chicken Recipe featured by top Hawaii blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids.
Yield: 4 Servings

Hawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Hawaiian Skillet Barbecue Pineapple Chicken by Top Hawaii Blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

This Hawaiian style skillet barbecue pineapple chicken recipe is so juicy and flavorful. And, it doesn't even require a BBQ!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple in juice, drained but juice reserved
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven broiler.
  2. Place a large (12 inch), oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and allow to coat the pan.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken thighs on each side. Add to the pan and brown on both sides until almost cooked through.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan. Using the reserved pineapple juice, deglaze the bottom of the pan by pouring the juice into the skillet and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the barbecue sauce and red pepper flakes.
  6. Dredge the chicken in the barbecue sauce and arrange around the skillet. Place sliced pineapple over chicken.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil the chicken until the sauce is caramelized and the edges of the pineapple are golden.
  8. Garnish with sliced green onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 277mgSodium: 982mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 56g

And that’s it! I told you this was a crazy easy Pineapple Chicken Recipe!

Looking for more Pineapple Chicken Recipes? Learn how to make Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry and Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice!

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