Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Hawaiian Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Sweet and slightly spicy grilled chicken topped with melting cheese and sweet pineapple turned out to be one of the best things I ate this weekend. My kids absolutely flipped out over these sandwiches. My oldest son declared this "the most excellent and delicious burger he has ever tasted, even better than the fancy burgers from the really nice restaurants." (His experience in really nice restaurants with burgers is limited to Red Robin and Five Guys, so take that with a grain or two of salt.)

When I saw my friend Amy share this sandwich on Facebook the other day, I immediately turned and asked my husband if he'd mind running to the store. I absolutely had to have it and let me tell you it was everything I hoped it would be. This sandwich is going to be in my meal plans all summer long!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
recipe lightly adapted from Very Culinary and So Tasty So Yummy
Yield: 6 servings
(printable recipe)

3 chicken breasts, 1 1/2 - 2 pounds worth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
(1) 14 ounce can pineapple rings, drained with juice reserved
6 slices provolone cheese
6 hamburger buns

Slice the chicken breasts in half and pound them to about a 1/2" thickness. Place the chicken in a gallon size Ziploc bag and add the soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and the juice from the can of pineapple. Seal the bag and squeeze to combine and coat the chicken. Place in the refrigerator and marinate 6-24 hours.

Preheat your grill for medium high heat. Grill the chicken for 12-14 minutes, flipping once halfway through the cooking time. Add the pineapple rings to the grill when you turn the chicken. Flip the pineapple rings over after 3 minutes. When you flip the pineapple rings over, add a slice to cheese over each piece of chicken. Everything from the grill when the chicken is done.

Toast the buns, if desired, and then smear each bun lightly with mayo. Add a piece of chicken and a pineapple ring (or two). Enjoy!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. You are torturing me with this sandwich. I think I feel the same way you did when you first saw it. I can't wait to have someone over and make this - printing now! Thanks - I knew I was going to want this after I saw it on Instagram! Thanks Mary - you rock! (Your photos rock too!)

  2. So, I think I could live on these and be perfectly happy. Love them!!

  3. I have done something similar. I have marinated my chicken breasts in Teriyaki sauce. Grilled it and pineapple rings. Then place pineapple on top and melted Havarti cheese on top. Perfect summer meal.

  4. Oh Wow!! My husband grilled chicken last night and I had fresh pineapple in the fridge. So close! Will have to pin and try later. Thanks Mary!!

  5. YES!! I think this will be a great idea for my grilling hubby. :-)

  6. Oh yay!! I'm so glad you made them! They're a hit over here, too...obvi. Another accuse to use my grill all year long. We're both lucky to have that luxury, amiright?

  7. Used Hawaiian buns...Yummy!!