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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken with Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious weeknight dinner idea you’ll love.

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Round plate with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

We grew up in a household eating cuisines with tropical flavors. Fruit was often part of savory dishes. I guess you can say it was a great way to sneak fruit into our meals!

For this recipe, we used basic ingredients that we already had on hand and prepped them in a way to create a yummy, sweet, sour, and savory flavor combination.

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Here’s What You’ll Need for Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts: We used thinly sliced chicken breasts so that they can cook faster and cut down the prep time. You can also use chicken tenderloins for this recipe
  • Pineapple: We often have frozen pineapple on hand for smoothies, but you can also use canned or fresh pineapple
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite pre-made bbq sauce such as honey or hickory smoke flavor
  • Red Onions: You can also use yellow or white onions, but we like using red onions to add color
Round plate with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

How to Make Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place the chicken in a baking dish and coat it with the bbq sauce.
  3. Add the pineapple chunks and red onions on top.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasonings.
  5. Bake everything in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

What to Serve with Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken?

  • We wanted to keep the meal tropical, so we served it with creamy coconut cauliflower rice.
  • While the chicken bakes, saute cauliflower rice on medium-high heat. Add the coconut milk and seasonings and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it on top of the cauliflower rice and garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro.
Glass meal prep containers with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.
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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Sweet and Savory Oven Baked Pineapple Chicken served with a Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious and tropical dish that you'll enjoy during your work week.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • saute pan
  • tongs
  • spatula
  • baking dish
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • 12 oz chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the chicken in a baking dish. Coat the chicken with bbq sauce. Top it off with the pineapple and red onions. Sprinkle it with the seasonings.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (flipping the chicken halfway through). Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan on medium high heat and saute the cauliflower rice for about 3 to 4 minutes until it heats through and softens. Pour in the coconut milk and add the seasonings. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it with the cauliflower rice and top it off with freshly sliced cilantro. Enjoy this tropical delight!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of bbq sauce?

If you don’t like bbq sauce, you can mix together soy sauce with lemon and honey and marinate the chicken with it. For this recipe, mix together 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp of lemon, and 1 tbsp of honey.


What can I serve with pineapple bbq chicken?

You can serve it with regular roasted cauliflower, mashed potatoes, or rice pilaf.


What if I don’t have pineapple?

Mango and oranges will also work well because they also have the tangy flavors that pineapple has and will work well with the sweetness of the bbq sauce.

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