Recipe for pineapple-marinated grilled chicken sliders

Author, chef and TV personality Aida Mollenkamp guides you through preparing this fun twist on a classic burger.

Aida Mollenkamp's Pineapple-Marinated Grilled Chicken Sliders

Aida Mollenkamp’s Pineapple-marinated grilled chicken sliders recipe
Ingredients for the chicken
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed honey
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and minced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless Foster Farms fresh chicken thighs (about 6)
  • 2 tablespoons canola, grapeseed or peanut oil, plus more for grilling
Ingredients for the sliders
  • 1/2 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 1 medium red onion, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 12 slider buns (such as King’s Hawaiian bread or Trader Joe’s mini burger buns)
  • 1/3 cup good-quality mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha)
  • 1 medium ripe avocado (optional)

Combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, scallions, garlic and pepper in a medium nonreactive bowl. Whisk until completely incorporated, add chicken, turn to coat in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.

Brush a grill pan with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Then heat over medium heat. Brush the pineapple and onions with additional oil. Then grill until golden and grill marks are visible, about 5 minutes on each side. Quarter the pineapple pieces when done. Then set onions and pineapple aside on a plate.

Meanwhile, cook the chicken until the juices run clear when pierced, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board, and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm and rest.

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Meanwhile, split each slider roll. Then lightly brush the insides with oil before toasting on the grill surface (brushed-side down) for 1 minute. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and chile-garlic sauce in a bowl and stir until evenly combined. Slice the avocado into 6 slices on each half, cut crosswise (across the shortest length).

To serve, spread each roll with a thin layer of the chile-garlic mayonnaise. Slice each thigh in half. Top each bun with a piece of chicken and, as desired, pineapple, onion and avocado, and serve.

  • Makes: 12 sliders
  • Total Time: 45 minutes, plus 3 to 4 hours for marinating
  • Hands-On Time: 45 minutes
Pineapple-Marinated Grilled Chicken Sliders Recipe Demo (video)

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