Use this quick and easy, tropical, pineapple marinade to flavor up those plain chicken breasts! This easy Gluten-Free Grilled Hawaiian Chicken recipe is top 8 allergy-free, paleo, and brings all the island flavors right to your dinner table!
Summer is far from over (we still have a month!) and that means we need to take advantage of every opportunity we have to grill (outside) all the tropical flavored foods we can! Since grilling chicken is the best and I’m always keen on pairing chicken with fruit (specifically pineapple), come join me on a culinary journey for some delicious Island fare! No need to book a last minute flight to Hawaii (although I wish…), just step into your own kitchen and get ready to make the easiest gluten-free grilled Hawaiian chicken you’ll ever have!
What makes this “Hawaiian” Chicken?
I always love the zesty, sour, sweetness of pineapple when added to a dish. It’s so distinct and is a no-brainer way to make a killer tropical marinade. Taking some notes from a typical teriyaki sauce, the Hawaiian pineapple-based marinade you’ll be making for this chicken includes: pineapple juice, ketchup, coconut aminos (i.e. soy-free soy sauce), rice vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, chili paste, and a touch of dark brown “sugar”.
Is this grilled Hawaiian chicken easy to make?
You literally just have to mix up the marinade in a large bowl, add your chicken breasts, let marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours, and then toss those bad boys on the grill! You’ll also need to reserve about 1/2 cup of the marinade before you put the chicken in. This reserved portion will be used to “bast” the chicken once it’s on the grill! If you want to go pineapple WILD with your meal, you can whip up some pineapple fried rice or keep it classy with some simple plain white rice if that’s more your style! Paleo side dish? Why not some grilled plantains!
You will love the sticky sweetness of this Hawaiian chicken once it’s grilled! The grilled caramelizes the natural sugars in the pineapple juice and that hint of dark brown sugar. You can use real dark brown sugar or some erythritol brown sugar to keep it paleo! Don’t worry, either way, even leaving it out all together, the pineapple sweetness will do its job well enough! With that standout tangy sweetness, this is a chicken recipe the kids will love too! Just another quick and easy recipe to have in your back pocket when your plain weeknight chicken for dinner needs a flavor upgrade!
Easy Gluten-Free Grilled Hawaiian Chicken
- In a large bowl, simply whisk together the marinade ingredients.
- Remove ½ of marinade and set aside in the fridge.
- In the remaining bowl of marinade, add your chicken breasts.
- Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
- Once marinated, grill the chicken on a preheated grill (indoor grill works too!) for about 11-12 minutes. Brush with the reserved marinade before flipping and grilling another 11-12 minutes until the chicken in properly cooked through.
See how easy (and o so delicious?) You’ll be glad you have this marinade in your back pocket! I’m thinking of throwing this in the slow cooker soon…that would be amazing! I’ll report back with a new “recipe”, probably tweaking the amounts for the marinade, once I try! In the meantime, just whip this grilled Hawaiian chicken up and thank me later; you’ll be hooked!
So tell me:
+ Have you ever been to Hawaii? I have been to ZERO tropical destinations…
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