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Baked Barbecue Pineapple Chicken

The flavourful dark meat of chicken pairs nicely with the tangy sweetness of fresh pineapple in this barbecue-inspired dish. Ready in just over an hour, this easy-to-pull together dish will become a family favourite.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour


1 ⅓ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
14 oz canned diced tomatoes
1 cup pineapple, fresh, diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp ginger, fresh, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp chili pepper, fresh, minced
½ tsp chili pepper, dried
½ tsp cumin, ground
½ tsp paprika

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Puree the canned tomatoes in a blender or food processor.

  3. Combine the fresh chopped pineapple, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, minced ginger and garlic, chile peppers, cumin and paprika in saucepan. Stir in the pureed canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Sauce should be reduced and somewhat thick yielding about 1 ½ cups (375 mL) cooked sauce. Turn off heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Puree in blender or food processor.

  4. While the sauce is cooking, place chicken thighs in baking dish and bake in oven for 30 minutes. Drain fat and flip over. Pour sauce over thighs and bake 20 minutes or longer until cooked through and temperature reads 165°F (74°C). Baste after 10 minutes and again before serving.

  5. Serve chicken smothered in barbecue pineapple sauce. Any additional sauce can be served on the side.

Helpful Tip

This recipe uses half of a 28 fl oz can (798 mL) of canned tomatoes. You can easily double the sauce and freeze it for a fast dinner at another time. This entree looks nice served with a cooked brown rice and steamed green beans.

Nutrition Info

Per 315 g serving Amount
Protein30 g
Fat8 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate18 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar13 g
Cholesterol125 mg
Sodium480 mg
Per 315 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A15
Vitamin C50
Vitamin B633
Vitamin B1227