Hawaiian Chicken Breasts

Pineapple gives this chicken marinade a sweet kick, while a finish on the grill brings out even more fiery-fruity flavors.

THE POWER OF PAPAIN: Pineapple contains papain, a potent digestive enzyme that aids the body in digestion by making it easier to break down proteins. This nutrient-packed fruit has also been found to help reduce pain and inflammation in the body.

Prep Time
15 min
30 min


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek, or other chile paste
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, optional
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 6 5-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts


1. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except chicken. Transfer marinade to a large zip-top freezer bag and add chicken. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Massage chicken mixture to evenly distribute marinade; place bag flat on a freezer shelf. Freeze for up to 2 months.

2. To cook: Remove bag of frozen chicken from freezer and place on a large dish; thaw in fridge, 24 hours.

3. Preheat indoor grill to medium-high. Remove chicken from marinade; discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken, turning once, until no longer pink inside and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken reads 165°F, 15 to 18 minutes. (Alternatively, if you don’t have an indoor grill, you can broil 7 to 9 minutes per side.) 

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 breast
  • Calories 162
  • Carbohydrate Content 2 g
  • Cholesterol Content 78 mg
  • Fat Content 3.5 g
  • Fiber Content 0 g
  • Protein Content 29 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 168 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g