This easy meal is done in 30 minutes! This Hawaiian BBQ Chicken is coated with a yummy glaze made from BBQ sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, and ginger. Pair it with some pineapple chunks and your favorite quick-roasting vegetable for an easy meal over rice.
Most Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipes I see online are grilled with a super sweet, almost syrupy, glaze loaded with brown sugar.
Don’t get me wrong — they look delicious, but I wanted to make my own version that isn’t so high in sugar.
I also wanted to do a sheet pan meal variation of this where you could cook nearly the entire meal on one baking sheet!
And… this recipe was the result. You’ve got quick-cooking chicken tenders that don’t need any marinating time, quick-cooking vegetables that roast alongisde those tenders, and bits of grilled pineapple kissed by the BBQ-y chicken juices and roasted to caramelized perfection. *chef’s kiss*
All without going outside to turn on the grill.
Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE grilling. But when it’s 24F outside and windy…. not so much.
Ingredients for Hawaiian Chicken BBQ
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe. Nothing unusual here!
- Chicken tenderloins or thigh/breast meat cut into slices
- Steak seasoning (I rub the chicken with this to add a deeper flavor since we won’t be marinating. I use my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning, but you can use whatever steak seasoning you like.)
- BBQ Sauce — any kind will do, but if you can find a sweet, tropical flavored one or an Asian-inspired on, it’ll work especially well here. If you want to make your own to control the sugar content, my Honey-Lime Ginger BBQ Sauce would be delicious in this recipe.
- Pineapple chunks & juice — Use fresh pineapple slices or canned pineapple for this. The pineapple juice is optional.
- Soy sauce, tamari (GF soy sauce), or coconut aminos
- Fresh ginger
- Fresh garlic
- Quick cooking vegetables — like broccoli, bell peppers, asparagus, small sweet potato cubes, chopped cabbage, or quartered Brussels sprouts
How to make this Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe (oven)
- Whisk together the ingredients for the hawaiian BBQ marinade — that’s being used more like a BBQ sauce than a marinade. You could totally whip this up ahead of time and marinate the chicken for a few hours for extra flavor!
- Toss the chicken pieces in the steak seasoning, then in the Hawaiian BBQ sauce mixture, and then lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Add the broccoli & pineapple to the pan, toss them in a little oil & salt and put the whole thing under the oven broiler!
- After a few minutes you’ll want to flip everything over and brush some reserved sauce over the chicken. Then broil it for a little longer.
- Chicken tenders cook really quickly, so you don’t have to worry about the BBQ sauce burning under the broiler.
Can I use another cut of chicken?
I chose chicken tenders because they cook really quickly and I wanted this to be a quick-cooking meal under a broiler.
If you’d like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, just slice them in 1/2 in strips so they cook quickly as well.
Bone-in and skin-on chicken would not work well for this recipe.
Special Diet Information
Gluten-Free: Check your BBQ sauce ingredients for gluten & use tamari (gluten free soy sauce) or coconut aminos to make sure this is gluten-free.
Paleo-friendly: Use a homemade BBQ sauce that is naturally sweetened, like my Honey-Lime Ginger BBQ Sauce and coconut aminos to avoid soy.
What to serve with Hawaiian Style BBQ Chicken
Here are some things you can serve with this easy Hawaiian style chicken sheet pan meal
- Steamed jasmine rice, brown rice, quinoa, or any other grain you prefer
- Instant Pot Coconut Rice would be especially good!
- Flat bread
- Roasted Cauliflower Rice is a good grain-free option that can be made in another sheet pan on a lower rack while the other pan cooks.
- Cabbage Slaw with Cucumber Yogurt Dressing
More Easy Sheet Pan Recipes
If you like this easy sheet pan recipe, try one of these other ones on my site!
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- 8-10 chicken tenderloins (tenders)
- 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
- 2-3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
- 2 Tablespoons avocado or coconut oil
- Sea salt
For BBQ Sauce:
- 1 cup BBQ sauce (see note)
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice (see note)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
- Preheat your oven broiler to high (if you have the option) and move a rack to the upper position in your oven. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the marinade in a medium sized bowl.
- Put the chicken in a separate, smaller bowl. Sprinkle it with steak seasoning and about 2/3 cup of the BBQ mixture. Set aside the remaining mixture aside for serving later. Toss everything in the bowl together to coat it well.
- Place the coated chicken on one side of the prepared sheet pan.
- Put the broccoli and pineapple chunks on the other side of the pan. Sprinkle with a few big pinches of salt and drizzle the oil over the broccoli, pineapple, and chicken. Use your hands to toss everything in the oil, then spread it all out in an even layer on the sheet pan. Don't worry about coating the broccoli in the marinade.
- Place the sheet pan on the upper rack right under the broiler for 10 minutes.
- Flip the chicken over and toss the broccoli & pineapple around. Brush the chicken with additional sauce and broil for abother 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven when the chicken is cooked through and the broccoli and pineapple have slightly charred edges.
- Serve chicken, broccoli, and pineapple with steamed rice, if you like, and leftover reserved marinade.
- I used my Homemade Montreal Style Steak Seasoning, but you can use your favorite commercial brand.
- Most types of BBQ sauce will work well here, but if you can find a sweeter, Hawaiian or Asian style one, use that. If you'd like to make your own, my Honey-Lime Ginger BBQ Sauce would be a good choice.
- If you're using fresh pineapple and don't have any juice for the BBQ sauce, you can use 2 Tablespoons of honey, coconut sugar, or brown sugar or just omit the sugar without substitution.
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Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1 1/2 tenders and 1 cup vegetables
Amount Per Serving Calories 423Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 77mgSodium 1858mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 8gSugar 37gProtein 35g
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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