Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken

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Delicious chicken that gets breaded and baked in a sweet and tangy pineapple sauce. It bakes to perfection and is so much better than takeout!

baked sweet hawaiian chicken in a wooden bowl.

My love for this “baked chicken” all started with this baked sweet and sour chicken. I just about died when I made it for the first time and it was better than any takeout that I have ever had. The breading is spot on to any high end chinese restaurant in fact, I think you will agree that it is way better!

I have made several baked chicken recipes since then including sesame chicken, orange chicken, and firecracker chicken. All quickly became popular recipes on the blog with readers. There is something about this breading that is absolutely incredible. And then it bakes to golden and crispy perfection and it allows the sauce to thicken up.

baked hawaiian chicken in a pan.

I decided to take a sweet hawaiian spin with this one and add some pineapple to it. The result was amazing and I was reminded again how incredible this recipe is to make! If you are looking to wow your family with dinner tonight, you have got to try this recipe!

Hawaiian chicken in a wooden bowl.

Hawaiian chicken close up.

Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken

4.78 from 18 votes
Delicious chicken that gets breaded and baked in a sweet and tangy pineapple sauce.  It bakes to perfection and is so much better than takeout! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cup cornstarch
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil

Sweet Hawaiian Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits 20 ounce, drained

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture. (yes you dip the chicken first in the cornstarch. I promise this method is amazing.)
  • Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and cornstarch. Add the red pepper and pineapple tidbits. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour.
  • I stir the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.

Notes

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Want to make this even easier? Here are a few products that I LOVE:
•Utopia Kitchen Cooking Knives
•Staub Cast Iron Skillet

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories793kcal (40%)Carbohydrates105g (35%)Protein44g (88%)Fat22g (34%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol231mg (77%)Sodium1339mg (56%)Potassium1065mg (30%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar54g (60%)Vitamin A1231IU (25%)Vitamin C59mg (72%)Calcium84mg (8%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken recipes, sweet hawaiian chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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      1. can you prepare and brown the chicken 3 hours before cooking and just put the sauce on before im about to cook (would the chicken by the same if sittingin a baking dish for abit)

  1. I made this with crab ragoons on the side it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this tastey simple recipe rated 5 stars in this house hold 🙂

  2. Skipped the baking part and poured the sauce over the chicken after it was done cooking in the skillet. Saved time and it was crispy and delicious!

    1. The minced garlic would be best. The garlic powder would work but it may leave a grainy texture on the chicken rather than a smooth flavorful one. Hope you enjoy your chicken! XOXO

  3. Receipts online for me are usually a bust.. not this one! Finally home made “Chinese food” my family loved it even my picky 4 yr old. Once I got it going it was easy. I actually finished the chicken then sautéed the onion and peppers added the pineapple till it was tender then put it all in a baking dish poured in sauce and baked for 20 min. Done and delicious!! Thank you!!

  4. Make sure your soy sauce is gluten free if you are following a GF diet. Different brands contain wheat.
    Same with Worchestershire sauce. French’s has gluten, Lee & Parrins does not.

  5. Will try this today but I am a little confused before I even start: “Delicious chicken that gets breaded and baked” … jet it doesn’t seem to get breaded???

  6. 5 stars
    Hi! I’m ashamed to admit but I usually don’t leave reviews, but now that I am a quarantined teacher who is teaching on line; I understand the importance. I’m constantly looking for feedback to improve my lessons. This recipe was amazing!!! I didn’t have pineapple tidbits but I increased pineapple juice by a quarter cup and added French cut green beans. Thank you for a better than take out recipe! Stay safe, stay home, wade your hands and stop touching your face(you know you were)❤️❤️❤️

  7. 4 stars
    This was good, I added a little ginger and sriracha for spice. Added a great touch! Will make again.

  8. Hi, just wanted to let you know that this is my first feedback on a recipe.
    Absolute fantastic. We made a whole gathering of friends dressed in Hawaiian attire. For sides I included stuffed tomatoes and greens, chocolate pie for dessert because I’m southern.

    Only thing I changed was using amino acid sauce instead of the soy sauce.
    Will be making this again.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Lois

  9. 5 stars
    11:14 a.m. its in the oven now lol , dying to know how it turns out. I started last night and made the rice and sauce. Watched a video on cutting a fresh pine apple 🙂 and will get back to you after I hear the “ding” ( there is enough left over to do a 2 nd time so if turns out good will make it again.
    Just ate my 1 st bowl , thats a hint its great !!! Since my oven is electric here and hate it, I left mine in 12 more minutes on hunch. I was afraid the sauce was to strong but once it went over my special fried rice it was great ! No changed in Mrs Rivers recipe and assume all know it goes over rice. love it so going in for 2 nd bowl now, thanks

    1. Love this recipe!! I cut the recipient in half and it was still great. But… for left overs, I need more sauce. Can I just make the sauce and heat it up in the microwave to add to the leftovers?? Or should I just make the sauce and reheat the left overs and the sauce together in the microwave??🤷‍♀️ Excellent dish!!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this last night for dinner. Delicious!! Better than any takeout, and I know what’s in it. Love your blog, and will continue to follow.

  11. 4 stars
    it tasted amazing but it was no where near as crunchy as in the picture. i am a decent cook but i probably just did something wrong 😂

  12. 5 stars
    We made this tonight and my oh my… this was DELICIOUS!! Definitely going to add this to the rotation. Thank you for the recipe!!

  13. I have made this recipe twice. The first time it was tasty but a little dry. The second time I doubled the sauce and that was amazing. So flavorful and moist. I will make it again. My family loves it!

  14. 5 stars
    BEST pineapple chicken recipe I’ve ever made! I cooked it on the stovetop instead of baking it in the oven. Added freshly grated ginger and doubled the pineapple juice and thickener to make more sauce.

  15. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe numerous times. It is by far a household favorite. I’m making it tomorrow for our whole family dinner. I’m curious if I can cook the chicken part today, and complete tomorrow? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We love it!!!!

  16. 5 stars
    This was awesome! My first attempt at Chinese. I have one question … I had a lot of chicken so I whipped up some of the Firecracker chicken sauce (which we loved even more) and put it in a separate baking dish to cook as well. I was wondering if you could freeze some of the chicken after frying it (before baking it) to use with a different sauce at a later time?

  17. 5 stars
    I searched your comment section but I couldn’t find out if the chicken should have been baked without being covered with foil… would that have made my chicken crispier?

  18. Wow, my husband made this for us tonight and it was fantastic! He made Marizetti Hawaiian coleslaw pair with it. Summer fave! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  19. 5 stars
    I’m a horrible cook and I hate cooking with a burning passion and every fiber of my being. That said, this was actually easy and it turned out SO GOOD!! Thank you for giving me one recipe I can be confident in!

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