When we think of “Hawaiian-style” flavors, some delicious things come to mind – the tangy flavor of pineapple, the sweetness of honey, and the tarty-saltiness of the spices. In this baked chicken dish, you’ll be offering your taste buds exactly what you would expect – a mouth-watering and savory baked dish that provides a yummy twist on standard baked chicken. Don’t be intimidated by the prep time required here – much of this is marinating time (something that can be accomplished during the workday or time out of the house). Although the baking time for this dish won’t lead to a quickly served dinner, it is very “hands-off” – it makes it a perfect meal for weeknights when you want to relax a bit before dining.
As written, this recipe calls for chicken drumsticks – however, feel free to vary up what you use depending on your preferences! We love chicken drumsticks because they’re a bit less expensive than some other chicken cuts, and kids seem to love eating them (although things might get a bit messy). Aside from being tasty, chicken also offers a wondrous nutrient profile, including protein and Omega-3s. While we tend to advocate for pastured poultry over other options, use what you can afford.
This delicious main course recipe is best complemented with a similarly inspired vegetable side dish. A tasty and healthy option to try is this Hawaiian-style salad – just omit the chicken from this, prep while your chicken bakes, and serve together!
Baked Chicken with Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Recipe
Protein: 40g / %
Carbs: 35g / %
Fat: 7g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 10 to 12 chicken drumsticks
- 1 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 4 tbsp. raw honey
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
- 1/2 tbsp. cumin powder
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place all of the ingredients, except the drumsticks, in a saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, lower heat to medium, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
- Blend the sauce using an immersion blender or food processor until smooth.
- Place the chicken in a marinating container with half of the sauce.
- Marinate the chicken 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Remove chicken from marinating container and place on a baking dish.
- Drizzle remaining BBQ sauce all over the chicken and place in the oven.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.