Pineapple Grilled Chicken

I love havin’ company for dinner!

I’m not sure, however, that the feeling is all that mutual… company can’t really like me having them for dinner.

You see, food bloggers I make for the most terrible of hosts. Unless one really enjoys eating their food cold, that is.

The thing is, food bloggers I have a disease, you see. It’s VERY hard for them me to cook something and NOT write the recipe down or take pictures of the dish that just came to life.

Even, and probably ESPECIALLY when they I have company. Hey, that’s usually when the best food is being made.

The only problem is, by the time you get to eat it, that so called best food has most probably had time to lose much of its glory.

Take this particular chicken dish, for example. It was absolutely fabulous the minute after I took it out of the grill: so moist and juicy and tender!

Pineapple Grilled Chicken | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But after spending 15 minutes on the table to get its picture taken and being thrown in the oven on “warm” for close to 2 hours?

Not so much!

But even so, my mom and her boyfriend are kind enough to diligently put up with my defective social skills and always accept my invitations to dinner with great pleasure.

To make matters worse this time, I had totally forgotten to take into account the fact that my daughter had to drive for about an hour in order to get home after work.

Hmpft. My bad!

A Paleo Feast | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Soooo, after patiently waiting for over an hour, the table has been set and wine is finally being served.


Um yeah, I still do indulge from time to time! ;)

A Paleo Feast | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

We all get to take a seat…

A Paleo Feast | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

…and browse the selection!

Is is just me or does my mom look a tad skeptical? ;)

Nah! She was just saying that it all looked very good!

Pineapple Grilled Chicken | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

And there’s the grilled chicken, in all its glory (before it got to dry out in the oven for 2 hours).

All joking aside, it still was very good and there wasn’t a piece left in that plate after we were done eating.

And by the way, all the other dishes that you see on the table also got their own private shoot. That particular week-end, I’d pulled what’s practically a miracle: I created and photographed 6 different dishes, one of which was this particularly spectacular looking but unfortunately, “submystandards” cake.

That poor fellow is still sitting on the fence…

The rest of the dishes, though, ended up making the cut, so I’ll be sharing the recipes with you.

Watch this space! 

Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Yield: Serves 4-6

Pineapple Grilled Chicken


  • The juice and zest of 1 orange
  • The juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 100g fresh pineapple
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 dry bird’s eye pepper, crushed
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup pure coconut water
  • 60g fresh ginger, grated
  • 3-4 large chicken breasts, each cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil


  1. Add all the ingredients except the chicken in the bowl of your food processor and process into a liquid puree.
  2. Place the chicken in a shallow container with fitting lid (or resealable plastic bags) and pour the pineapple marinade all over it. Move the pieces of chicken around to ensure that they get completely covered. Place in the fridge and set to rest overnight.
  3. Preheat your outdoor grill to high.
  4. Rinse the pieces of chicken under running water and pat them dry.
  5. Rub them well with the oil until every piece is coated all over.
  6. Place the pieces of chicken on the grill, smooth side down and lower the heat to medium. Close the lid and let the chicken cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until it gets nicely marked and starts to turn opaque on the side opposite to the grill.
  7. Flip the pieces of chicken and continue cooking until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.

Pineapple Grilled Chicken | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Share This: Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest


  1. says

    I love the photos Sonia! Look at it this way, you are not only taking pictures of the food, you are also cataloging the evening for all to enjoy — I’m sure your mom and daughter are delighted to have these shots as a memory of a great evening. Besides, I could never imagine complaining about being served food as delicious as this, no matter when I get to eat it ;-). Great glass by the way – love the stripe design and color.

  2. says

    Ahh, pineapple and grilled meats – one of my favourite combos! Also I really love your photos of your dinner party, they look so elegant! I feel like I should take more photos of the actual meal set-ups in my life, people, wine and all, it’s a pretty important part of it!

    • says

      Thanks Elly! Funny, I was just telling my kid the other day about how I suck at taking pictures of the people and things that really count in my life. I have 2 million pictures of food on my computers, but of my kids, family members, dogs and cool activities, not so much.

      My daughter is the one who excels at doing portrait and capturing the “soul” of our social gatherings and activities. Maybe I should hand her my camera more often… Or get her one she could call her own!

Leave A Reply

Current day month ye@r *