This is the second time we’ve made Island Chicken this summer. The perfect mix of sweet and savory makes this marinade a must try! The recipe comes from The Scramble. This is one recipe that picky eaters will gobble up!
Our little Chicken Nugget finished off an entire serving of chicken himself, and declared that this was “the best meal EVER!” Yes, those were his words, and I beamed with joy at his comment.
Well, that and his response to our dinnertime talks. We like to ask one another two or three set questions every night: What was the BEST part of your day? What was the HARDEST part of your day? What was a time that you felt LOVED today? To the first, he said, “This food is the BEST part of my day!” Again, scoring huge points with mommy!
Plus is there anything better than grilled pineapple? I think not. I also added a side of sesame broccoli/cauliflower, a super simple recipe that calls for 1 tbsp of sesame oil, 1 tsp of soy, and 2 tsp sesame seeds (whoops, we’re out! So you won’t see any on our veggies:). So simple, and such a great side for this meal.
How will you spend your Wednesday? What do you have planned for dinner? Whatever your schedule, I hope you have a good one!
Ingredients for main dish
3 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
1 Fresh pineapple, or use 20 oz. canned pineapple rings/slices in 100% juice, juice reserved
3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 – 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Lay the chicken in a flat dish. Mix the marinade by combining the oil, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and pepper.
Pour the marinade over the chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
While the chicken is marinating. Cut the pineapple and broccoli.
After 30 minutes (and up to 24 hours after marinating) place the chicken on a preheated grill.
Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes each side depending on thickness. (These breasts were so thick they took nearly 7 minutes each side.)
Turn the chicken and brush the chicken with the extra marinade.
After you have turned the chicken, add the pineapple to the grill. Grill the pineapple for 2-3 minutes each side.
Meanwhile, sauté the broccoli for 5 minutes in the sesame oil.
Remove all the food from the heat. Let’s EAT! Enjoy!
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