Pineapple Plank Chicken Recipe

Fire up that grill because you're going to want to try this amazing technique for the juiciest grilled chicken you've ever had! And it's so easy — you slice pineapple skin into thick planks and grill chicken breasts directly on them. The result is an incredibly juicy chicken infused with the sweet notes of pineapple and balanced by a smoky marinade with a spicy kick.

Pineapple plank chicken with rice & pineapple salsa


  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Tip: If you like your dishes extra spicy, throw in an extra chipotle pepper!

Pineapple plank chicken with rice & pineapple salsa

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chipotle, adobo sauce, salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts in marinade and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Placing chicken breast in marinade

Step 2

Slice pineapple skin off the pineapple, creating thick planks roughly the same size as the chicken breasts.

Tip: Save the rest of the pineapple to whip up an easy pineapple salsa to serve alongside your chicken.

Slicing off pineapple skin

Step 3

Place each chicken breast in between two pineapple planks.

Placing chicken breast in between planks of pineapple skin

Step 4

Tie the pineapple planks around the chicken with baking twine.

Tying pineapple planks around chicken

Step 5

Grill the chicken directly on the pineapple planks. Be sure to cook both sides and allow extra cooking time, since the chicken is not directly on the grill. A safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit. Double check with a meat thermometer before eating to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Placing pineapple planks on hot grill

Step 6

Once the chicken is done grilling, cut the twine and remove the pineapple planks. Serve the chicken alongside fluffy rice and pineapple salsa.

And get ready to share the recipe because people are going to want to know your secret!

Cutting into juicy chicken breast

Recipe inspiration courtesy of Garineh Magarian

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