Stove Top or Grilled Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken bursting with sweet and tangy tropical flavors with just the right amount of chili kick. The Hawaiian chicken marinade doubles as the glaze for no double work! With less than 10 minutes prep, this easy chicken is as ideal for stress free entertaining as it is for back to school dinners!
I was scrolling through instagram and couldn’t believe how many “back to school” pics I saw – so cute – but shocking! When I was in school, many moons ago, we always started school the Thursday after Labor Day and it still felt way too soon. So with the hustle and bustle of of back-to-school either in full swing or coming shortly, and the accompanying moans and groans, I bring you an easy grilled Hawaiian chicken with only one dish to wash so you can escape into should-be-summer dreams with every juicy, Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken bite.
The sticky sweet and tangy pineapple chicken is marinated in a delectable pineapple marinade that becomes the tantalizing Brown Sugar Pineapple Glaze that you brush all over your chicken after grilling OR if you are cooking indoors, you simply add your reserved marinade/glaze ingredients to the pan after you cook your chicken, let it thicken slightly, then add your chicken back to the pan to bath in all the tropical glory. This is one of my favorite methods of cooking – to reserve some of the marinade, thicken it with cornstarch and it instantly becomes your glaze – double the flavor WITHOUT double work! You can taste where I’ve done this in my: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Cajun Honey Mustard Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, and Asian BBQ Salmon – all of which would be delectable back to school meals.
The to-live-for marinade/glaze is a harmonious concoction of brown sugar, pineapple juice, lemon juice, ketchup, soy and Dijon for added depth and some spices. Whisk all the ingredients together and that is all your prep work for a total of maybe 5 minutes AND you only have one bowl to throw in the dishwasher. winning.
Serve this Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken with some rice to soak up the extra glaze (because otherwise you will be licking it from the pan), some veggies, and caramelized juicy pineapple. or on top of salad or even in tacos for a complete meal. And let the tantalizing tropical Hawaiian chicken flavors whisk you away to where school still doesn’t start in August. At least for one meal.
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