Baked Hawaiian Chicken [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 6 reviews

Healthier Hawaiian Chicken made with baked pineapple and bell pepper is a light and hearty meal! Full of tropical flavors its perfect served over rice.

Want to throw a beach vacation-themed party? Make sure to celebrate with my recipes for juicy Shrimp Ceviche, a refreshing Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, and top it off with a sweet chilled Panna Cotta.

Hawaiian Chicken over rice.

Baked Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian Chicken makes for a great main course with its juicy meat and tropical sauce. This traditional recipe is a great example of a sweet and sour dish. 

The meat which is tossed and marinated in a mixture of fresh pineapple juice is just flawless. I can’t seem to get enough of it and that’s coming from someone who has tasted a lot of dishes.

Hawaiian Chicken ingredients.

In addition, while I usually cut the meat into bite-sized pieces, you can still choose to cook it using whole parts. Cutting it into tidbits is great when throwing a huge party while using whole parts is perfect for a fancy dinner. 

Either way, this Hawaiian recipe will never disappoint you. Transport your friends and family on a trip to tropical beaches with this very straight-forward recipe.

Chicken with seasoning

How long do you marinate chicken breasts?

It doesn’t take much time to fully marinate chicken breasts. When whole, you can let it soak up the marinade mixture for about two hours. 

As such, cutting it into tinier pieces or removing the skin makes it even faster to marinade.

Hawaiian Chicken marinade.

How do you make Baked Hawaiian Chicken

  • Prepare baking pan and oven. Before anything else, make sure to turn on your oven and preheat it to 325F. Also, prepare a baking pan and coat it with cooking spray. 
  • Prep the coating. Place cornstarch and eggs in separate bowls. Whisk the eggs until combined. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and season. Dip the meat in the cornstarch and then the eggs. Make sure to coat evenly.
  • Cook. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Pour vegetable oil and when properly hot, cook the chicken. Don’t place all pieces in one batch. Try to leave some space in between the pieces and cook until golden-brown on all sides. 
  • Combine sauce mixture. In another bowl, combine the following ingredients: pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, lime zest, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, cornstarch, chopped red bell pepper, and pineapple tidbits. 
  • Bake. Once the meat is done, place it in the prepared baking pan. Pour the sauce evenly and top it with bell peppers and pineapple. Bake for an hour. 
  • Serve. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Afterward, serve.

Hawaiian Chicken with pineapple and bell peppers.

How to make crockpot Hawaiian Chicken?

If you don’t have access to an oven, using a slow cooker is the next best thing. You only have to throw in the meat pieces with the sauce mixture.

If you are short on time, cook it on high for at least 3 hours, however, if you want it to be more tender, cook it on low for 7 hours.

Hawaiian Chicken

What to serve with Hawaiian Chicken?

Traditionally, this dish is best served with white rice and boiled vegetables. However, the following recipes are also superb to pair it with:

Hawaiian Chicken in a white bowl

More delicious chicken recipes: 

Want to learn other protein-rich recipes? Take a look out some of my favorite dishes:

Hawaiian Chicken on a fork.

Recipe tips:

  • Aside from baking, you can also grill the meat. It makes for a great cookout option. However, you should marinate the meat with the sauce mixture at least two hours before putting it on the grill.
  • When cooking in oil, make sure that it is just at least done. You don’t have to make it super well done as it will also be roasted in the oven.

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5 from 6 reviews
Healthier Hawaiian Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4  chicken breasts  (boneless and skinless - cut into 1-inch cubes)
  •  Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup  cornstarch 
  • 3  large eggs  (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup  vegetable oil 

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  pineapple juice  (use from the pineapple can)
  • 1/2 cup  orange juice 
  • 2 tablespoons  lime juice 
  • 1  lime  (zested)
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1/3 cup  low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon  rice vinegar 
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 1  red bell pepper  (chopped)
  • 1 20 oz.  can pineapple tidbits  (drained)

Garnish:

  •  Green onions  (chopped)
  •  Sesame seeds 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Add chicken to a large bowl and season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Place cornstarch in a large bowl, and eggs in another medium bowl.
  5. Dip seasoned chicken pieces in cornstarch to coat, then coat in eggs.
  6. Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil.
  7. Once the oil is hot, cook coated chicken, in batches so you don't over-crowd pan, until golden-brown on all sides.
  8. Once cooked, place the chicken in the prepared baking dish.
  9. In a medium bowl whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over chicken.
  10. Distribute the chopped bell pepper and pineapple evenly on top of the chicken.
  11. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring the mixture a few times.
  12. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  13. Serve over rice, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Calories: 523 Carbohydrates: 59 Protein: 37 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 9 Cholesterol: 178 Sodium: 688 Potassium: 840 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 31 Vitamin A: 884 Vitamin C: 90 Calcium: 56 Iron: 2
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Marry Peruve

Wow this is the best hawaiian chicken we have made ever. It is easy to follow and has the right balance, just yummy!!! Thanks for sharing

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melissa chapman

That chicken looks so perfect for any party. I have never cooked with pineapple but it is so nice with chicken.

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Amber Myers

Oh yum, this would be a delicious meal, that's for sure. I'll add it to my list of things to try.

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Jolina

We love cooking with pineapple. It goes so well in savoury dishes! This looks delicious. Perfect for a busy weeknight.

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Rena McDaniel

I just told my husband that I was tired of cooking the same old chicken dishes. Can't wait to wow him with this!

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Louisa

I enjoyed my Hawaiian vacation with my twin and tried out some amazing meals. With this recipe, I can relive my Hawain experience in the comfort of my home in Alaska.

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Pam Wattenbarger

I haven't had Hawaiian Chicken in so long! I can't wait to make your recipe.

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Gervin Khan

I tried this one last time and I swear! It's very tasty and satisfying! You should try it too.

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

This sounds like such an interesting flavor combo! It's always fun to try new things like this. Thanks for the idea!

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Marysa

Looks delicious! This sounds like a fun summer dish to make. I've never made a Hawaiian dish before.

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Kathy

This looks like an amazing recipe. I really love chicken, and Hawaiian as well. I bet this is really delicious.

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Sandra

Is the chicken marinated in the pineapple juice or the sauce mixture? Can it be marinated overnight?

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You can totally marinate it overnight for more flavor in the mixture. That will be delicious!

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Tasheena

I love the flavor combination. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

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Dianr

Can you convert this to an instant pot recipe? We're in a heat wave and I can't fathom sauteeing and baking!

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Its on my to-do list, but just add all the ingredients to the IP, cook onHP for 4 mins, QR, and stir in a cornstarch slurry for the sauce to thicken.

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Mary

This looks absolutely yummy! Can't wait to try out this recipe

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Rosey

I would love to make Hawaiian Chicken in the crockpot. I think it sounds delicious.

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Swathi

This looks delicious Hawaiian chicken I would love to make it for my kids they love both chicken and pineapple.

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Shelby

How did you marinate the chicken? Did you use the sauce itself and then pour it on top before putting it in the oven? It doesn’t say how to marinate it! And I don’t want to mess it up! Lol

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You pour it on top of the chicken before it goes into the oven.

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Ruth I

This dish looks so good! I really should try making this soon.

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