Chicken breast on a white plate covered with pineapple and sauce (with logo overlay)

Hawaiian Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Rings

Chicken baked with a tropical Hawaiian glaze on top. It’s delicious and pretty easy to make, just follow the recipe exactly!

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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits to eat in almost any way, so I love every Hawaiian recipe I’ve tried. I know some of these aren’t traditional Hawaiian food, but it’s what most people consider Hawaiian. You know, those meals full of BBQ sauce, soy sauce, pineapple, or all of them? Therefore, I love this Hawaiian chicken recipe.

When we went to Hawaii about ten years ago we saw numerous pineapple fields and had pineapple chunks served with almost every meal. Maybe that isn’t typical for those who live on the island, but it seems to be what the tourists expect. We ate at our hotel for a lot of meals, so they obliged the tourists.

Two girls in Hawaii with flower leis

My aunt always made this recipe every year for our annual family reunion (before the whole family got so big we had to do meals on our own). Her most important piece of advice is to follow the recipe exactly. If you are out of something and make a substitute the texture of the sauce won’t be good. 

Also, have everything measured and ready. I try to do this anyways (see: Mise en Place) but it’s extremely important for Hawaiian Chicken. You will be adding ingredients while constantly stirring. Things have to be done quickly so it doesn’t burn. There isn’t time to find and measure once you get started. 

Family in the waters of Hawaii with rocks in the background

We enjoy this recipe as a full Hawaiian meal by pairing it with fresh pineapple, Hawaiian bread (either bought or homemade), and finish with Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Optional Add-Ins and Side Dishes

While there isn’t much I would change about this recipe, there are a few things you can do for a bit of a change. 

  • Dice up some bell peppers and add it to the chicken. I suggest green pepper or red pepper.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions, red pepper flakes, or sesame seeds.
  • Mix in a bit of fresh ginger.
  • Serve with rice. You can try coconut rice, brown rice, white rice, or cauliflower rice. 
  • Vegetable options include snap peas, broccoli, squash, cabbage, and asparagus. 

Hawaiian Chicken Ingredients

Chicken Breast

Get good boneless chicken breasts for this pineapple chicken recipe. We like to “filet” the chicken breast so the chicken pieces aren’t so thick when we buy from the grocery store. It cooks faster that way. You could also make this with skinless chicken thighs. If you choose to make it with bone-in chicken, it will take longer to cook. Always make sure to use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the meat. 

Pineapple Rings

The recipe can be made with either fresh pineapple or canned fruit. Since we have our pineapple corer and prefer fresh, I tried with that last time and it was just as good, maybe better. Using fresh means we have less waste and it always tastes better.

Water & Cornstarch

This helps to thicken the tangy pineapple sauce. Make sure you mix the cornstarch and water before adding to the warm sauce to prevent it from clumping up. If you don’t have cornstarch, you can substitute it with arrowroot starch or another thickener. 

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness to the otherwise tangy sauce. If you don’t have brown sugar, add white sugar with a teaspoon of molasses. 

Worcestershire Sauce

While it isn’t much at half of a teaspoon, this is definitely needed in the sauce. If you don’t have W sauce, you can use an equal amount of soy sauce. 

Vinegar

The vinegar helps to offset the sweet flavors in your Hawaiian sauce. While white vinegar is the best for this recipe, you can use apple cider vinegar if needed. 

Chili Sauce

We always buy the Heinz brand chili sauce. I like to plan Hawaiian Chicken and Kansas City Steak Strips in the same week so I can use 2 tablespoons of chili sauce from the jar, then use the remained for the steak recipe. 

Ketchup

Yes, I know, many people don’t like warm ketchup, but it’s a must in this recipe. 

Hawaiian Chicken Step by Step

Instructions

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350F. If you are using fresh pineapple, core the fruit making sure to save the juice. Cut the pineapple into rings. 

Pour the juice from the pineapple into a small saucepan while setting the pineapple rings aside. You want about 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, so if you are using fresh you may need to add water to equal this amount. 

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water and add it to the pineapple juice. Set the heat to medium and whisk occasionally until it’s smooth and starts to thicken. 

Add the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, and ketchup. Whisk this until it is well combined and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. 

Place the chicken breasts in a 9×13 baking dish and cover with about 1/2 of the prepared glaze. Then bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. 

Garnish the chicken with pineapple rings and the extra glaze and serve warm. 

Chicken breast on a white plate covered with pineapple and sauce (vertical)

Hawaiian Chicken Leftovers

Storage: Keep any leftover Hawaiian chicken in a container separate from the pineapple rings and extra sauce. It can stay in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating: The best way to reheat Hawaiian chicken is in the oven with a bit of the extra sauce. You can also reheat the sauce in a saucepan until warm.

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 12, 2016

Last Updated On: January 2, 2024

Chicken breast on a white plate covered with pineapple and sauce

Hawaiian Chicken

Chicken baked with a tropical Hawaiian glaze on top. It’s delicious, and pretty easy to make, just follow the recipe exactly!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
Hawaiian
Keyword:
chicken
|
pineapple
Servings: 4
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Drain juice from the can of pineapple rings into a small saucepan
  • Reserve the pineapples for garnish
  • In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch
  • Gradually stir the cornstarch into the pineapple juice
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened
  • Add brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, and ketchup
  • Stir well
  • Simmer 3-4 minutes
  • Place chicken in 9×13 baking dish and brush with glaze
  • Bake 30-40 minutes
  • Garnish with pineapples and extra glaze

Notes

**This recipe requires a lot of constant stirring when you make the sauce, so I usually try to set out all the ingredients before I start.
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Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 562mg23%
Potassium 1138mg33%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 18.1mg22%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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36 thoughts on “Hawaiian Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Rings”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious. I love anything and everything pineapple and we are definitely going to have to try this. I like that you share family recipes. My grandmother was an amazing cook and I have all of her old recipes in a file box. I should pull them out and start sharing some of them.

  2. My husband loves pineapple. This would be such a nice way to break up our usual dinner meals. Anything that goes with Hawaiian bread is alright by me. 😁

  3. 5 stars
    I know my daughter would love this for the most part. Not sure what she is thinking of pineapples these days but the rest of it she would love. I will try this out. Needing to find more great chicken recipes.

  4. My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and its pretty much is favorite place. I should make this for our anniversary! I bet he would love it!

  5. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! My whole family loves pineapple and anything that goes with it. I will definitely try your recipe and will follow the process. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    Beautiful Hawaiian pictures. It looks like you guys had a blast. I would like to visit one day. I never had chicken with pineapple (Hawaiian Chicken) before but it sure does look delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. Thanks for your recipe! I enjoy Hawaiian chicken very much, but always had it at restaurants only. I’ve realized that I can now make it myself… so simple & easy!!

  8. Melanie williams

    This looks fruity and fabulous. Love the idea of mixing fruit with main meals. Gives meal times a more healthy slant for sure xx

  9. This looks really yummy! I bet the girls would love it. Also (though I realize this is off topic) I’m curious to know if that family pic is at Queen Emma’s Bath on Kauai? Granted, we weren’t there at the optimal season on my most recent trip, but I was amazed and saddened that compared to when I went almost 2 decades ago, accessing it and swimming there has become so much harder :(…
    Nonetheless, you’re right, there’s nothing like a good recipe with pineapple to make you at least THINK of being back in the Hawaiian Islands! 🙂

    1. We were actually on the island of Maui, so it couldn’t be there. I am not sure exactly where, we were just told to pull off at a specific mile marker and hike down the side of the road a bit to find this area! It’s so pretty there and I want to go back again in a few years.

  10. 5 stars
    This looks super yummy! I love eating pineapples with either ham (my mom always made that) or chicken! I have to make this as pineapples are in season here.

  11. I am in love with your recipes. They always turn out yummy and simple to follow due to your detailed instructions. Thank you so much I would make it for my family.

  12. One of my favorite parts of this Hawaiian chicken recipe is it is comprised of everyday ingredients that are simple to find, and totally awesome when combined. So despite the simplicity, it feels so special.

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