25 February 2021 (updated)

Pineapple Recipes to Kick Off the Summer

Summer is swiftly approaching, and nothing says summer like the sweet taste of fresh pineapple! Here are some amazing ideas for pineapple recipes that will take you right to the tropics.

What Can I Do With Pineapple?

When it comes to fruits, pineapple is one of the most refreshing ways to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether it's fresh, frozen, or canned, its bright, citrusy flavor makes fresh pineapple a fantastic addition to a delicious smoothie, low-fat yogurt, cake, or even pineapple chicken. Pineapple juice can also be a delicious mixer in your favorite mixed drink recipe. Here are some ideas and pineapple recipes and for your next pineapple dish.

What Are Some Pineapple Recipes for Dessert?

Pineapple Upside-down Cake:  Did anyone else's grandma make pineapple upside-down cake with canned pineapple for dessert? This recipe will always make me think of the 50s and 60s. If you're looking for something different to bring to your next event or serve up a bit of nostalgia, try it out! Because it's "upside down," it's sure to be a novel hit!

Caramelized Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream: Who says dessert has to be boring? Caramelized fruit with ice cream takes your dessert game to a whole new level. When sugars caramelize with heat, they develop nuttiness, bitterness, toastiness, and even a bit of a buttery, creamy flavor. Try topping with coconut flakes to add some texture!

What Are Some Pineapple Recipes for Side Dishes?

Pineapple Chutney: There's nothing like a fruity chutney to complement juicy chicken that's fresh off the grill. Just cook together some pineapple, curry powder, ginger, onions, and vinegar or lemon juice until the mixture thickens and boils. The resulting sweet, spicy pineapple sauce can be served with chicken thigh, grilled steak, pork, fish, or used as an appetizer spread, especially with soft cheeses like Brie!

Grilled Pineapple: This recipe is about as simple as it gets! Put some fresh pineapple chunks, along with some of your favorite vegetables on skewers (try bell peppers and onions) and toss on the grill. Eat it while it's hot or turn into a yummy grilled pineapple salsa. You could also cut up some chicken breast and add those to the skewers, too, for some Hawaiian chicken kebabs!

Pineapple Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce: This sauce is perfect for pulled pork, but it's great over chicken breast and beef, too! Combine 200 ml pineapple juice, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp garlic, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 cup ketchup, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1-2 tbsp cornstarch, and 1-2 tbsp water.  Add more or fewer pepper flakes according to your own taste!

Pineapple Marinade: Pineapple juice helps tenderize meat and poultry. An enzyme in the fruit, called bromelain, softens the meat by dividing proteins like collagen (and also imparts a rich and tangy flavor). Try it on one of your favorite chicken recipes!

Pineapple Drink Recipes

Easy Pineapple Chicken Tacos: Looking for a spin on regular old taco night? Fill your tacos with teriyaki chicken, white or brown rice, and top with pineapple salsa! Add some of your favorite hot sauce or red pepper flakes to give your pineapple chicken tacos some extra kick! 

Hawaiian Pizza: This is the great debate: does pineapple truly belong on pizza? Many people think this delightfully sweet and savory pizza with ham and pineapple is one of the best topping combinations of all time.

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Shrimp: This is the same idea as pineapple chicken; just substitute the recipe with shrimp for a fun twist!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken: This Hawaiian-inspired recipe is somewhere between brown sugar chicken and sweet-and-sour chicken. It's deliciously sweet, tangy, and sticky. You can also make this recipe in the Instant Pot to cut down on dinner prep time. Try this pineapple chicken recipe over white rice! Don't forget to garnish with green onions, too!

What Are Some Pineapple Recipes for Dinner?

Easy Pineapple Chicken Tacos: Looking for a spin on regular old taco night? Fill your tacos with teriyaki chicken, white or brown rice, and top with pineapple salsa! Add some of your favorite hot sauce or red pepper flakes to give your pineapple chicken tacos some extra kick! 

Hawaiian Pizza: This is the great debate: does pineapple truly belong on pizza? Many people think this delightfully sweet and savory pizza with ham and pineapple is one of the best topping combinations of all time.

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Shrimp: This is the same idea as pineapple chicken; just substitute the recipe with shrimp for a fun twist!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken: This Hawaiian-inspired recipe is somewhere between brown sugar chicken and sweet-and-sour chicken. It's deliciously sweet, tangy, and sticky. You can also make this recipe in the Instant Pot to cut down on dinner prep time. Try this pineapple chicken recipe over white rice! Don't forget to garnish with green onions, too!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

Slow-cooker chicken the whole family will love!

4.6 from 5 votes


PREP TIME

20 mins

COOK TIME

a few seconds

TOTAL TIME

20 mins





COURSE

dinner

CUISINE

Pacific Island

SERVINGS

8 people

CALORIES

230.0 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 2

    lbs

    boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs

  • 1

    yellow onion

    chopped

  • 3

    cups

    fresh pineapple

    diced

  • 2

    tbsp

    soy sauce

  • 1

    tbsp

    honey

  • 2

    tbsp

    dark brown sugar

  • 2

    tbsp

    rice vinegar

  • 1

    tsp

    grated ginger

  • 1

    tbsp

    minced garlic

  • 1/2

    cup

    your favorite BBQ sauce

  • 1

    1/2

    cup diced bell pepper (red, orange, yellow mix)

    red, orange, yellow mix

  • 1

    tbsp

    water

  • 1

    tbsp

    cornstarch

  • parsley for garnish

    if desired

  • sesame seeds for garnish

    if desired

  • 3

    cups

    cooked white rice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

    1. Brown

      Using a skillet or the cast aluminum slow cooker insert, brown your chicken on both sides for 3-5 minutes over high heat then remove them from the slow cooker.

    2. Add

      Add the pineapple and onion to the slow cooker.

    3. Mix

      Mix the honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic, and BBQ sauce into the slow cooker.

    4. Add

      Add the chicken back into the slow cooker.

    5. Cook

      Cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours.

    6. Add and Cook

      Add the cornstarch to a tablespoon of water, mix, and add to the slow cooker with the bell peppers and let it cook an additional 30 minutes while you cook the white rice to accompany your meal.

    7. Serve

      Serve over white rice with parsley and sesame seeds for a garnish if desired.

NUTRITION

Calories:

230.0 kcal

Carbohydrates:

48.0 g

Fat:

12.0 g

Protein:

38.0 g

Serving Amount:

4

Serving Unit:

oz

Sugar:

12.0 g

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