Tropical Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa


Embark on a culinary getaway with our Tropical Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa! This dish features succulent, marinated chicken grilled to perfection, accompanied by a vibrant pineapple salsa that adds a sweet and tangy contrast. It's a perfect blend of flavors that will transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise, ideal for a summer barbecue or a special dinner.

Tropical Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time (including marinating): 2 hours
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with salsa

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sodium: 250 mg
  • Sugar: 15 g


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: In a bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Marinate chicken breasts for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare Salsa: Combine pineapple, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro. Season with salt. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Grill Chicken: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill marinated chicken for 7-8 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  4. Serve: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes, then serve with pineapple salsa on top or on the side.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinating Time: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be.
  • Grill Marks: For perfect grill marks, do not move the chicken too much while grilling.
  • Fresh Salsa: Make the salsa just before serving to keep it fresh and vibrant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned pineapple?

Fresh pineapple is recommended for the best flavor, but canned pineapple in juice (not syrup) can be used in a pinch.

How can I tell if the chicken is done?

The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

You can marinate the chicken and prepare the salsa ahead of time, but grill the chicken just before serving for the best taste.