Spicy Chicken with Grilled Pineapple

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Spicy Chicken with Grilled Pineapple
Makes: 6  servings Prep 25 mins Start to Finish 9 hrs 30 mins


  • 8 scallions, chopped, plus 1/4 cup dark-green 2-inch-long thin strips for garnish
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons  cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil, plus additional for grill
  • 1 habanero or jalapeno chile, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon  packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons  allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 pounds  chicken parts (thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1 fresh pineapple, about 4 pounds
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons  packed light brown sugar


Make sauce/marinade::

1. Place first 12 ingredients, except scallion garnish, in a food processor and puree until almost smooth. Transfer half of puree to a small bowl and keep chilled, covered, for sauce.

2. Place remaining puree in a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag with chicken and seal, turning to coat well. Marinate, chilled, turning bag occasionally, at least 8 hours or overnight, placing bag in a large bowl to catch any leaks.

3. Preheat grill and lightly oil rack. Let chicken stand in marinade at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, cut sides and ends off pineapple. Cut crosswise into 15 slices about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle one side of each slice with 1/2 teaspoon packed light brown sugar. Place sugared side down on rack and grill, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter, alternating slices with scallion garnish.

4. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes, depending on size. Transfer to platter with pineapple and serve with remaining sauce on side (exercise caution; sauce is spicy). Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • cal.(kcal)420,
  • Fat, total(g)22,
  • chol.(mg)120,
  • sat. fat(g)6,
  • carb.(g)22,
  • fiber(g)2,
  • pro.(g)35,
  • sodium(mg)271,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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