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Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe

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Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

A delicious Hawaiian bbq chicken marinated with your own bbq sauce!

Why buy bbq sauce for this Hawaiian bbq chicken when you can easily make your own with a few ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. You will love this recipe that is perfect for the bbq. I love to grill on the BBQ even when the weather is not quite warm enough because food from the BBQ is so yummy.Hawaiian BBQ Chicken with pineapple on rice is a yummy meal

We always cook with chicken raised by a Canadian farmer because we know that it is grain-fed, free of hormones and steroids and they have high animal care standards. To help me cook our chicken to correct food-safe temperature I use this handy cooking temperature chart.Hawaiian barbecue Chicken with pineapple on rice is a yummy meal When I go grocery shopping I always look for the Raised by a Canadian Chicken Farmer label which luckily for us our local stores always care. In addition, to make my shopping easier I use the Chicken.ca grocery app, it’s so handy you’ll wish you started using it sooner!

What is Hawaiian Chicken? 

Now let’s talk some more about this delicious Hawaiian BBQ chicken. What makes it Hawaiian, the pineapple? I’m not sure I just like to think of myself looking at the ocean in Hawaii while eating this Hawaiian BBQ chicken on the patio. Is that not enough reason? Whether it qualifies as a “Hawaiian BBQ” dish or not I think you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Most culinary experts will tell you that a Hawaiian chicken recipe includes a few things.  Included are always a teriyaki or sweet barbecue sauce and pineapple.  Some are grilled as whole breasts or tenders, while others are in kebabs and grilled. The real Hawaiian part comes from the sweet sauce. 

Can Hawaiian BBQ Chicken be a Freezer Meal? 

Sometimes, convenience is the way to go.  In this case, I love mixing up this sauce and pouring it and the chicken into a freezer storage bag to thaw and grill later.  So, yes, this can easily be a freezer prep idea. Just make sure to always date and label then thaw properly overnight in the refrigerator for safety. 

Yield: 6

Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe

Hawaiian bbq Chicken with pineapple on rice is a yummy meal

This delicious Hawaiian BBQ chicken is the perfect grilling recipe do enjoy for those backyard get togethers or just because. It's moist and oh so flavourful.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, broth, ginger and garlic until combined. Reserve 1 cup marinade for basting, then cover and refrigerate. Add chicken breast to bowl, ladle sauce over chicken, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Drain the chicken and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil, then using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 165 degrees. Baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes. Serve with grilled pineapple slices and coconut rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 2251mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 74g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

Hawaiian barbecue Chicken with pineapple on rice is a yummy meal

What Do I Serve With BBQ Chicken? 

For this recipe, you already have the pineapple, but you can also add in some grilled peppers, onions, or even roasted vegetables.  I also like to simply steam some broccoli and add to the bowl with this chicken.  

Now doesn’t this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe sound easy to make? Serve it on top of coconut rice and oh my so delicious. You can also serve it with salad but I have to say it has such a tropical taste when you do it with the coconut rice and it soaks up all the juices.
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By on May 20th, 2018

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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67 thoughts on “Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe”

  1. This chicken looks amazing. And it seems fairly easy to make and since it is starting to warm up finally I am going to make it this weekend. This is a recipe that my whole family will eat.

  2. The photos for Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe look so tasty! This would be a fun dish to make on the grill for a Labor day party.

  3. I rate this recipe a five star because this looks so authentic in comparison to what I had visiting Hawaii at a Luau.

  4. This looks like the perfect summer time meal! I can’t wait to try it! I’ve added the ingredients to this weeks grocery list.

  5. This recipe looks and sounds so delish! I look forward to this time of year when we can finally break out the grill.

  6. I found inspiration in the BBQ Chicken over Apple Maple Baked Beans. I love cooking on the BBQ and slow cooker when I am at the trailer so this is perfect!

  7. The honey dijon drumsticks – I have a house favourite recipe that is very similar to the one on chicken.ca. The best part is that it can be made on the bbq in the summer, and in the oven in the winter.

  8. I keep it really simple. An oil based salad dressing I like I will marinate my chicken breast in and cook it in a sous vide

  9. Bulgur Chicken Burgers with Yogurt Sauce looks interesting and I have added this to my list to try this summer! Thanks for sharing the link. 🙂

  10. This Hawaiian BBQed chicken recipe looks so yummy! I’m gonna try it next time I BBQ – thanks 🙂 My favourite lately has been a basic grilled chicken breast that I slice and put on a caesar salad – so good!

  11. This looks and sounds so good. I was looking for for a new recipe for Memorial Day Weekend and this is one of them.

  12. This sounds absolutely delicious and so perfect for Summer! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  13. This looks delicious! Since I eat keto/Primal I’d switch up the soy sauce for coconut aminos & the brown sugar for palm sugar. Great idea & I love a sweet sauce!

  14. I made this last night and it was a hit! The flavors are so delicious and are a great way to kick off the summer!

  15. My favorite grilled recipe is to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs. After thighs are four minutes away from finishing I add my favorite bbq sauce.

  16. I like to use a lemon pepper marinate for grilling but this Hawaiian grilled recipe looks fabulous especially served over coconut rice.

  17. I saved this recipe and will absolutely make it. The pictures really sell it. I could frame that first pic and put it in my kitchen. Love all the ingredients, easy to make and it looks and sounds tantalizingly great. Can’t ask for anything else in a recipe. thank you.

  18. This sounds so good. We eat alot of chicken so I am always looking for new recipes. Love all the healthy ingredients in this. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to make this


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