Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

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Hawaiian Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Sweet and slightly spicy grilled chicken topped with melting cheese and sweet pineapple turned out to be one of the best things I ate this weekend. My kids absolutely flipped out over these sandwiches.

My oldest son declared this “the most excellent and delicious burger he has ever tasted, even better than the fancy burgers from the really nice restaurants.” (His experience in really nice restaurants with burgers is limited to Red Robin and Five Guys, so take that with a grain or two of salt.)

When I saw my friend Amy share this sandwich on Facebook the other day, I immediately turned and asked my husband if he’d mind running to the store. I absolutely had to have it and let me tell you it was everything I hoped it would be.

This sandwich is going to be in my meal plans all summer long!

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

3 from 2 votes
Recipe lightly adapted from Bellyfull
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Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 chicken breasts 1 1/2 - 2 pounds worth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 14 ounce can pineapple rings, drained with juice reserved
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • mayonnaise


  • Slice the chicken breasts in half and pound them to about a 1/2" thickness. Place the chicken in a gallon size Ziploc bag and add the soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and the juice from the can of pineapple. Seal the bag and squeeze to combine and coat the chicken. Place in the refrigerator and marinate 6-24 hours.
  • Preheat your grill for medium high heat. Grill the chicken for 12-14 minutes, flipping once halfway through the cooking time. Add the pineapple rings to the grill when you turn the chicken. Flip the pineapple rings over after 3 minutes. When you flip the pineapple rings over, add a slice to cheese over each piece of chicken. Everything from the grill when the chicken is done.
  • Toast the buns, if desired, and then smear each bun lightly with mayo. Add a piece of chicken and a pineapple ring (or two). Enjoy!
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{originally published 6/10/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/13/17}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Gina says

    When I was in high school many years ago, the Hawaiian sandwich on the school menu was basically this, but the chicken was chipped ham or sliced ham. Other than that, it was delicious and I ran home the first day and made sure my mom knew about this wonderful sandwich. I still make it so now I’ll have to try the chicken version.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hey, June. Did you marinate the chicken as recommended? This recipe shouldn’t be bland at all. Bummer it wasn’t to your liking. Better luck next time.

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