Thursday, February 26, 2009

Polynesian Honey-Pineapple Chicken

This is another recipe that has been on our "to-try" list for some time. We finally tried it for our September 2009 cooking session. We made it with chicken drumsticks as the the original recipe calls for.

1/2 cup pineapple juice (unsweetened)
1/4 cup honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 tsp. ground)
1 teaspoon salt
12 chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs (or a combination, approx. 3 lbs. or any other meaty chicken pieces)

For marinade, in sauce pan combine pineapple juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, ginger& salt.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes or until marinade mixture is reduced 1/4 (approx.).
Cool to room temperature.
Place chicken pieces in a plastic bag or shallow dish.
Pour in marinade& marinate chicken at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.
Drain chicken pieces, reserving marinade.
Cook chicken on covered medium heat grill (indirect heat) for 40 to 45 minutes or until chicken is tender& no longer pink, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade for the first 30 minutes.

I baked this batch of chicken at 425 since we didn't have good grilling weather. It browned just a little- I was on a deadline to get dinner finished- I could have let it go longer to get more browned.

Polynesian Honey-Pineapple Chicken
from RecipeZaar (read the notes above the recipe for more options).

Freezer Chicks also made this and recommend trying boneless/skinless chicken.


  1. This chicken was pretty good. I had to bake it (I set my oven to 425) since we didn't have good grilling weather. It browned only a little and I wished I had time to let it get more browned. (That's my chicken in the picture.)

    The flavor was quite mild, good for people like me who are afraid of too much spiciness!

    I think this marinade would be good with any other cut of chicken (such as boneless, skinless breasts) or even pork.

  2. I didn't end up eating my chicken...the bone weeping grossed me out too much, so I tossed. I think I would try again with a boneless chicken breast, though!


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