Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Heather says:

I have friends who won’t touch bone-in chicken. I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of leq quarters. What I am a fan of is any marinade that makes cheap chicken enjoyable.

Short and sweet, this one does the trick.



  • 10oz canned pineapple in its juice (about 1/2 a can)
  • 1/2 sweet onion roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

*Edit* I forgot to mention, if you really like things on the sweet side, add 1/2 cup orange marmelade before blending. *

Blend until thoroughly mixed. Marinate the chicken for several hours. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour. To grill chicken, heat the grill to medium heat, cook for three minutes per side, then move to indirect heat and grill for an additional 45 minutes, with the lid closed. As leg quarters tend to be fattier than breasts, watch for flare ups.

Use a thermometer to ensure the leg quarters reach 165F.

When grilling, I like to use some of the marinade as a baste. It’s important to note that this is marinade I set aside for this purpose. Never reuse any sauce or marinade that has touched raw meat.



  1. SandeeHill on September 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

    @HeatherSolos It was fantastic! I enjoyed it a lot, and my husband and son thought it was the best marinade we’ve used recently! Definitely a keeper! 🙂

  2. HeatherSolos on September 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

    @SandeeHill How did it turn out?

  3. SandeeHill on September 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I have a bunch of chicken marinating in this right now! Can’t wait till dinner time!!!

  4. Sandra on August 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    try using fresh pineapple since the enzymes that tenderize the meat tend to degrade during the canning process

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  6. Heather on May 17, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Since it’s processed in a blender it doesn’t matter. I used rings this time and have used crushed in the past.

  7. mjpuzzlemom on May 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    What type of pineapple ( crushed, chunks ) ?

  8. Tara on May 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for the recipe! I cook chicken most nights, and am always on the lookout for new marinades and make-ahead seasoning recipes for them. We’ll try this one soon!

  9. Recipe Collector on May 15, 2009 at 7:00 am

    “Never reuse any sauce or marinade that has touched raw meat.” – this is very important reminder !!! I’ll remind my husband about it.
    Thank you!

  10. Heather on May 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I tend to like fruit and meat combinations, but this is not overwhelmingly fruity, the onion, garlic, and soy sauce balance out the sweetness of the pineapple. You may be able to get away with it, if he likes sweeter bbq sauces.

  11. ThatBobbieGirl on May 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    This sounds amazingly good to me. I wonder if I can get it past my Meat Does Not Get Cooked With Fruit husband.

    I’d have to do stovetop, since I am grill-less and broiler-less.

    I love buying chicken with bones. Don’t eat my cooking if this grosses you out, but we save the bones from dinner and toss them into a bag in the freezer. When I’ve got enough to fill a pot, it’s stock-making time! (If the seasoning on the chicken is barbecue, or anything else that wouldn’t make your basic chicken stock taste good, that gets pitched.)

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