Pineapple Chicken Thighs Recipe

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The sweetness of pineapple is delicious in the golden brown sauce that covers the chicken.—LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  1. Place the chicken in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch and seasonings. Stir in the pineapple, soy sauce and vinegar until blended. Pour over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 20-30 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 185°, basting occasionally. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pineapple Chicken Thighs in Country Woman September/October 2004, p36

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Really flavorful dish and super easy to make! The only changes I made were to use crushed pineapple and apple cider vinegar for the sauce, which was amazing when served over rice."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"My track record with chicken isn't great but this recipe redeemed me. My boys both ate two pieces of chicken even though they're not chicken fans, saying how moist and flavorful it was. I served it with rice and they took seconds of that too! I cooked this as directed except I had to add extra time. I pulled it out before 185 degrees. That sounds like drysville to me."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015 Edited Jun. 20, 2015

"Since it was going to be a long day, I tried making this dish in the crock pot like another reviewer did. DO NOT DO IT. The flavors of the sauce (which I tasted before it went in the crock pot) were delicious. The crock pot cooking watered it down. Next time, I'll pop it in the oven as written."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Didn't expect this dish to be such a big hit! As a Taste Of Home volunteer food editor I love dishes that are quick to assemble and pack a big taste. This delivered! Spent $3.50 on chicken thighs and used pantry items for a great tasting recipe that the family loved. Next time may cut back on sugar to give it a little more 'tang' but every bit of chicken and the plentiful sauce was eaten. Can't wait to make again."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Holy Moly, I was looking for a quick dish to do with thighs that needed to be cooked today. Came across this one, however, I would not have gave a second look to pineapple on my chicken. Saw the 5 stars, read the ingredients, decided to do this and WOW was I surprised at the outcome. YUM. We were savoring every bite. Served with rice cooked in chicken broth and parsley with a veg. Thanks for a new experience. Also, did use crushed pineapple too."

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