Whiskey Pineapple Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023
Everyone in my family loves this recipe and its sweet marinade made with ginger, pineapple and a splash of whiskey. Want even more intense flavor? Let the chicken marinate for two full days. Wow! —Jodi Taffel, Altadena, California
Whiskey Pineapple Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper, divided
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
  • 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup sliced sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Whisk together bourbon, pineapple juice, hoisin sauce, ginger, 1 tablespoon pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt until blended. Place chicken in a shallow dish. Add half the marinade; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain chicken, discarding the marinade. Grill chicken, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium-high direct heat until a thermometer reads 170°, 5-6 minutes on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, toss pepper and onion slices in oil and remaining 2 teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon pepper. Grill vegetables, turning frequently, until soft, 5-7 minutes. In a small saucepan on the grill, cook reserved marinade over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Chop grilled pepper and onion. Sprinkle over chicken; serve with sauce.
  • It's important to use coarsely crushed pepper. Anything finer and the pepper flavor will be overpowering. If finely ground is all you have, reduce amount of pepper by about one-third.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 439 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 735mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 43g protein.