Grilled Honey Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
Do you ever get tired of making the same old same old on the grill? Yeah, that was me the other night. I wanted to grill something a little different, but then again, not TOO far from normal so my daughter would still eat it.
I decided it was time for some grilled fruit with our chicken, and a little different sauce from my daughter’s favorite. I found a beautiful pineapple at the store that was very yellow, smelled delectable, and the color of it told me it was just right to be cut.
I thawed some chicken and set it in some buttermilk to marinade. (This is a trick I learned from several of my foodie friends … it works beautifully to ensure your chicken stays moist on the grill!) Then I mixed up the sauce. I was totally in the groove, and the chicken turned out wonderfully. I even grilled a dessert while I had the grill going strong … I hadn’t even planned to take pictures till later, but there it was, looking up at me so pretty, just begging me to get out my camera.
Yeah, chicken does that to me sometimes. My daughter ate three pieces of chicken. I ate one, and then reveled in leftovers of the chicken and the fruit for several days afterwards. You DO want to make extra chicken when you make this … use it on salads, sandwiches, pizza … or just enjoy it over rice with a drizzle of that yummy sauce and maybe some broccoli on the side. Grill a few extra pieces of pineapple, too, while you’re at it and use that over ice cream or cake (or both).
I got a little wordy in the instructions so they might LOOK long, but really it’s quite simple: Marinade chicken in buttermilk. Make sauce. Slice pineapple. Grill everything, painting the chicken with sauce and the pineapple with maple syrup. Eat. See, that’s not so hard!
- Several pieces of chicken (I did 4 legs and 3 chicken breasts)
- 1 quart of buttermilk
- Several horizontal slices of fresh pineapple, skin removed
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons maple syrup (to brush the pineapple with)
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup pineapple orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons EACH: ketchup, honey and soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- A pinch of powdered hot pepper (or more, to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon creole seasoning
- 2 - 4 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped
- To thicken: 1 Tablespoon cornstarch + 1/4 cup water
- An hour or more or perhaps the night before, set the chicken in a bowl and pour the buttermilk over to cover it completely (you might not need all the buttermilk, depending on how much chicken you have). Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least an hour, preferably longer (but not more than 24 hours).
- When you're getting close to grilling time, prep the pineapple, making a nice slice for each serving, then set aside.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce EXCEPT the cornstarch mixture. Once all the ingredients are well mixed, heat the saucepan over medium to medium high heat. Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch with the water in a small bowl.
- Once the sauce in the saucepan is bubbly and hot, while whisking, add a small bit of the cornstarch mixture and whisk and cook for a minute or two. Repeat, adding just a little cornstarch mixture at a time, then whisking for a minute or two until the mixture is thickened to your liking. (For me, this took only a few minutes and about half the cornstarch mixture.) Pour about half the mixture into a small bowl for dousing the grilled chicken with and grab a brush for brushing the sauce on the chicken. Set the rest of the sauce aside for serving time.
- Then start up the grill and when the grill is nice and hot, take the chicken out of the buttermilk mixture and rinse it lightly, then set the chicken on the hot grill. Paint the chicken on the top with the sauce, cover and let cook for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is nicely seared on the bottom.
- Turn the chicken and paint the other side with sauce, then cover and let this side cook until seared and brown. Repeat if there are more sides yet to sear. Once all sides are seared, move the chicken to a cooler section of the grill to finish cooking, painting it once again with the sauce. Let the chicken cook on the cooler side of the grill for 10 - 25 minutes (depending on how hot your grill is).
- Spray the grill with cooking spray, then with a separate brush, paint the pineapple slices with maple syrup and set the pineapple slices on the heat. Now is also a good time to cook up sides like veggies or dessert. Turn the pineapple and the chicken once or twice, painting the chicken with more sauce as you go. The pineapple should get a little brown, but not TOO dark on each side.
- When the chicken is done (you can test it by piercing the middle of a large piece with a knife. If the juices run clear, it's done), remove it from the grill along with the pineapple.
- Serve a slice of pineapple with some chicken over rice or a bed of greens with fresh basil or mint for garnish, if you have it. Drizzle some of the sauce on the chicken just before serving, or serve the extra sauce on the side.
You need at least an hour to marinade the chicken in buttermilk. This will keep it nice and moist on the grill.
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