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There are dinners that have you fighting over who gets the last of the seconds, and this is one of those. It’s a boldly flavorful chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes, thanks to a pantry-staple marinade. If you’ve never made a classic Hawaiian chicken marinade, it might seem weird to stir together pineapple juice, ketchup, honey, and soy sauce, but it turns the chicken thighs into crazy-juicy, tender deliciousness. Fresh pineapple draws out the fruit in the sauce, and steamed rice soaks up every bit of sauciness.

Robin Bashinsky


Credit: Victor Protasio

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30 mins
30 mins
Serves 4


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  • Stir together pineapple juice, tamari, ketchup, honey, and mirin in a small bowl. Place chicken thighs in a large bowl; add jalapeño (if using), garlic, and half the pineapple sauce and toss to coat. Reserve remaining pineapple sauce for serving. Let chicken marinate for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Lightly coat grates with cooking spray. Grill pineapple, uncovered, flipping once, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side. Cut each ring in half.

  • Reduce grill heat to medium (350°F to 400°F). Lightly coat grates with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade (reserving marinade) and season with salt. Add chicken to grill, skin side down. Grill, turning often and basting with reserved marinade, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thighs registers 165°F, about 20 minutes. (Discard any remaining marinade.)

  • Top chicken with scallions, sesame seeds, and reserved pineapple sauce. Serve with grilled pineapple and rice.