Hawaiian Pineapple Citrus Chicken

  • Author: Marissa Allen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: DInner


An easy Hawaiian pineapple citrus chicken marinade: use on chicken breast, chicken thighs, or even chicken wings. Easy, Flavorful, multipurpose marinade!


  • 1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken (breast or thigh)
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 C fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar*

optional bowl ingredients

  • rice (or cauliflower rice)
  • spinach 
  • romaine lettuce 
  • broccoli
  • grilled pineapple 
  • blistered tomatoes 
  • peppers, sliced
  • red onions, sliced 
  • scallions, sliced



  1. Add the 1/2 C soy sauce, 1 C pineapple juice, 1/2 C fresh orange juice, 1/3 C brown sugar, 2 tbsp ketchup, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp of ginger, 1 tsp rice vinegar, and 1 tbsp brown sugar to a medium bowl. Whisk till well combined.
  2. Pour 1/2 the marinade over your protein. Let marinate for at least 1 hour (for best results).
  3. Reserve the other 1/2 of the marinade for a sauce.
  4. To prepare sauce: add reserved marinade to a small sauce pot and simmer on medium- high heat. Let reduce by half.
  5. Grill (or bake) your chicken till cooked throughout. Slice.
  6. Assemble bowl. Add “base” or lettuce or grains then add all the toppings. Drizzle reduced sauce over bowl.
  7. Enjoy!



Taste your sauce as it reduces on the stove.

If the orange flavor is “too strong,” add more ketchup

If the sauce is “too sweet”, add rice vinegar

IF the sauce is “too tart or spicy”, add brown sugar

I add these notes because the sauce can vary greatly depending on the oranges you use and the amount of sugar in your ketchup.