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Baked Chicken with Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

Baked Chicken with Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Recipe

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

Serves: 4Prep: 20 min + 2 hCook: 50 min

Protein: 40g / %

Carbs: 35g / %

Fat: 7g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.

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  • 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

Baked Chicken Preparation


  1. Place all of the ingredients, except the drumsticks, in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower heat to medium, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Blend the sauce using an immersion blender or food processor until smooth.
  4. Place the chicken in a marinating container with half of the sauce.
  5. Marinate the chicken 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  7. Remove chicken from marinating container and place on a baking dish.
  8. Drizzle remaining BBQ sauce all over the chicken and place in the oven.
  9. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.