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.

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This sandwich is going to be in my meal plans all summer long! I served it with Deviled Egg Potato Salad and Strawberry Salad and the whole meal was terrific.

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

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


  • 3 chicken breasts 1 ½ - 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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Mary Younkin

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. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says

    You are torturing me with this sandwich. I think I feel the same way you did when you first saw it. I can't wait to have someone over and make this – printing now! Thanks – I knew I was going to want this after I saw it on Instagram! Thanks Mary – you rock! (Your photos rock too!)

  2. Lovey Dove says

    I have done something similar. I have marinated my chicken breasts in Teriyaki sauce. Grilled it and pineapple rings. Then place pineapple on top and melted Havarti cheese on top. Perfect summer meal.

  3. Lloyd says

    Hey now don’t knock the kid’s choice of burger places lol. I happen to love Five Guys, and I have 65 years experience with burgers, made with almost anything you can imagine!!

  4. Diana L. says

    So nice to have a delicious alternative to the traditional hamburger. Must be so good with the sweet and spicy blend. I’m making these next time I have company over for a BBQ.

  5. 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.