Coconut Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Every Thursday night, I meal plan for the coming week. And while it may seem I have dinners always planned to the T; sometimes, just like everyone else, I need a little inspiration from Pinterest. This Coconut Pineapple Grilled Chicken is one such little inspiration.

Sara is the author of Dinner at the Zoo and she is the culinary genius behind this yummy concoction. Her original recipe is here, but I tweaked it a little bit for my liking.

Coconut Pineapple Chicken

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 6 adult servings
Calories 318.7 kcal


  • grill


  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 10oz can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup pineapple slices fresh or canned


  • Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, coconut milk, and pineapple juice into an airtight container or durable Ziploc bag. Be sure the ingredients are well combined before adding in the chicken. Place the chicken in the sauce and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but no more than 24 hours. Any longer and the acidity of the pineapple juice will begin to break down the protein DNA strands in the chicken and cause the texture to be weird.
  • When you are ready to grill the chicken, take out and let sit on the counter to slightly warm for no more than 30 minutes. While the chicken is resting on the counter, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until the internal temperature is at least 165°F. Once the chicken reaches that temperature, take off grill, place on a plate and cover with tinfoil.
  • Place the pineapple on the grill to cook next. This will be very quick so be sure to watch it. Each side only takes 2-3 minutes.
  • For the Marinade: If you'd like, you can turn the marinade into a sauce to drizzle over the top of the cooked chicken. To do this, pour the marinade into a saucepot, and cook on medium-high until a rolling boil occurs; whisking the entire time so the bottom does not scorch. Once a rolling boil occurs, take 2 Tbsp of corn starch and add it to 1/2 cup of cold water. Mix together until all of the chinks of corn starch are gone. Pour into the cooking marinade and whisk vigorously to combine. The sauce will begin to thicken. let boil, while whisking, for another 3-4 minutes and then remove from heat.
  • When all is prepared, place the pineapple and chicken on a serving plate and drizzle the prepared sauce over the top. Serve with rice or rice noodles. Or even better, coconut lime rice…which will be another recipe to come.


Serving: 1sevingCalories: 318.7kcalCarbohydrates: 35.4gProtein: 30.2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 73.1mgSodium: 1604.2mgPotassium: 315.8mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 24g
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My chin-chillins a huge lovers of Mandarin Oranges, and I know that they go extremely well with pineapple and coconut. So if your heart desires, add in a can of Mandarin Oranges onto the plate with the grilled pineapple.

Hope y’all have an amazing week!

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