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Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken Recipe

Savour the fusion of smoky chipotle and sweet pineapple with my quick Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken. Crispy, seasoned thighs meet a flavorful sauce served with zesty red onion pickle. An impressively easy one-pan dish ready in just 45 minutes.

Spicy Chipotle dinner

Dive headfirst into a culinary adventure with my Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken recipe, a dish that promises an explosion of flavours in every bite. This recipe is a delicate balance of sweet, spicy, and savoury – a trifecta of taste.

What Makes Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken so Irresistible?

The secret lies in the harmonious blend of ingredients. The smoky chipotle paste, combined with the sweetness of the pineapple and the tanginess of the orange, creates a sauce that’s nothing short of spectacular. And let’s not forget the chicken thighs, rubbed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasted to crispy perfection. Each component complements the others, resulting in a dish that’s as balanced as it is flavourful.

This dish is not just about taste, though. It’s also about texture. The juicy chicken thighs, the soft, caramelised pineapple chunks, and the crispy chicken skin all work together to create a dining experience that’s truly unforgettable.

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Crunchy Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken

A Sweet Symphony

Crispy chicken thighs, seasoned to perfection, which along with the juicy pineapple, create a symphony of flavours with every bite. But wait, there’s more! These succulent chipotle pineapple chicken thighs are smothered in a sauce that’s nothing short of a flavour explosion. The smoky warmth of chipotle peppers melds seamlessly with the tropical sweetness of ripe pineapples, creating a sauce that’s both bold and vibrant. It’s a fusion of flavours that promises to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

But I don’t stop there. To add an extra layer of zest and crunch, we serve this dish with a zesty red onion pickle. Its bright, tangy flavour perfectly cuts through the rich, smoky sauce, providing a refreshing contrast that elevates the whole experience.

This isn’t just a dish, it’s a celebration of flavours, a testament to the magic that happens when ingredients from different flavour profiles come together. It’s a dish that’s expertly crafted, thoughtfully balanced, and absolutely irresistible.

So, are you ready to dive into this mouthwatering delight? Trust me, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

Remember, great food isn’t just about satisfying hunger, it’s about creating memories, and this dish promises to do just that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use canned pineapple instead of fresh for Pineapple Chicken?

Yes, canned pineapple can be a convenient substitute. Ensure it’s drained well to control the dish’s sweetness.

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?

Absolutely! However, keep in mind that chicken breasts may cook faster, and tend to dry out quicker, than thighs, so be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.. Try buy skin on chicken breasts which will help keep the meat moist (plus who can resist crispy chicken skin)


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Chipotle Chicken

Chipotle Pineapple Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 55 minutes*
  • Yield: Serves 3-4


Savour the fusion of smoky chipotle and sweet pineapple with my quick Chipotle and Pineapple Chicken. Crispy, seasoned thighs meet a flavorful sauce served with zesty red onion pickle. Impressively easy and ready in just 45 minutes.



  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 shallots, or 1 brown onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 1/2 pineapple (about 350g), peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 5 chicken thighs

Garnishing and serving:

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 lime
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Rice or root vegetable mash of choice


  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C.
  2. Add a drizzle of oil to your dish and add the shallots. Cook the shallots until they brown slightly and become jammy, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Grate the garlic into the pan, then add the chipotle paste. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Zest the orange into the sauce and squeeze in the juice. Stir to combine. Season the sauce gently with salt and pepper to taste. Keep in mind that the seasoned chicken will introduce more salt into the dish, so use a lighter touch here.
  5. Rub the chicken thighs with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Nestle the chicken into the dish, skin side up and arrange the pineapple chunks around the empty spaces.
  6. Place the dish into the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
  7. While the chicken cooks, make your easy red onion pickle. Thinly slice the red onion and place it into a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over the onions, and toss them with salt and pepper. Toss 2 more times while the chicken cooks, allowing the onion to pickle.
  8. Remove the chicken from the oven, and garnish with pickled red onion and fresh coriander. Serve immediately with your favourite side.


*35-40 mins inactive cook time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes*
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Oven Bake

Keywords: Pineapple Chicken

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3 Responses

  1. How is this supposed to cook at 190 for only 40 minutes? My timer just went off and as expected the chicken is not close to done?

  2. OMG you must think this is the first meal I have ever cooked… I just realized it’s 190 c. I’m ferinhite…. my apologies for being insane. Lol

  3. Hello Karen. No problem at all. I’m just happe we solved the mystery. I hope the Chicken ended up tasting right 😉

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