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Pineapple Chicken Thighs

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


  • 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


  • Place the chicken in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  • 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 thermometer reads 185°, basting occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh: 298 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 795mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Larry
    Jan 25, 2021

    I mostly followed the directions except I used fresh pineapple instead of canned and added rough chopped green pepper, a sweet red pepper from my garden and onions which made the dish very colorful. I served it with white rice made with chicken stock and it was a hit. When I make it again I’ll add more corn starch than the recipe calls for as I think the sauce could have been thicker and maybe cut back a little on the sugar. But so so easy with no frying and everything in one casserole.

  • Janis
    Mar 30, 2020

    I found this too sweet, way too sweet! Husband loved it. I have other recipes.

  • Diane-in-Arvada
    Jan 16, 2020

    Delicious. Will make it again. Next time I'll serve it with rice. I used gluten free reduced sodium tamari soy sauce and two packages of Costco boneless chicken thighs. Turned out great.

  • Valerie
    Dec 8, 2017

    Very easy and delicious! I added cut up red,orange ,yellow peppers, small onion ,celery and a few mushrooms to the dish just before adding the sauce. Took about 10 extra minutes but turned out great. Love one dish dinners not counting the rice pot of course!

  • cookie9659
    Oct 16, 2017

    This recipe was very simple and very good. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and legs from Costco. 2 pkgs worked perfectly. I followed the directions except I sprinkled garlic salt and onion powder on the chicken first before baking 20mins and then used crushed pineapple and apple cider vinegar, like everyone else. I also used 3 Tbs of cornstarch. Perfect consistency.for the sauce. Spooned over Uncle Ben's 90 sec rice and a bag peas and carrots for a side. Delicious, easy and QUICK. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Amanda
    Jun 19, 2017

    Since I was only cooking two chicken thigh for hubby and myself, I found a recipe divider and the portions for the sauce worked when they were divided down to 1/4. I cut down the first cook time to 10 min, then added the sauce and another 12 minutes later pulled it out and let it set while the rice cooked! I'm surprised that chicken this simple can be that good... and that easy. Served with jasmine rice cooked in chicken broth with a little salt with bell peppers and fresh cilantro just in the last minute of cooking the rice. Perfect weeknight dinner.

  • saw-whet
    Feb 5, 2017

    Easy to make and very good.

  • mumsay
    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.

  • sjacnsmith
    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.

  • jmkasprak
    Jun 17, 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.