Hawaiian Chicken Tacos Recipe

Serene Herrera | House of Yumm

Hawaiian Chicken Tacos. These fun, flavorful tacos are loaded up with sweet and spicy grilled Hawaiian chicken. Top with juicy pineapple for a tropical treat!

These Hawaiian Chicken tacos are such a fun twist on a classic taco. After visiting the beach recently, I had a craving for some sweet and spicy grilled chicken.

And I was devastated when I was NOT able to find exactly what I was wanting. So, I created it at home after our vacation!

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How to make Hawaiian Chicken Tacos:

These Hawaiian chicken tacos are such a fun version of a taco! I love tacos, classic ground beef tacos are one of my go to comfort foods.

But tacos are one of those things you can easily change up and make with whatever fillings you want or have on hand!

  • To start we will prep our Hawaiian chicken. This is a recipe that comes together easily, but it does take some time to marinate to get the best flavor. So make sure to leave some time to let this step happen.
  • Cook the chicken. After marinating for 3-6 hours (try not to do overnight because of the pineapple juice in the marinade, it can make your chicken slightly mushy if left too long) cook the chicken either on a grill, grill pan, or other large skillet.
  • Chop the chicken once it’s cooked. Remember chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 to be considered safe to eat according to FDA regulations.
  • Make your tacos! Fill the corn tortillas with the chopped chicken and add any other toppings you want!
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What toppings can I add to Hawaiian Chicken Tacos?

  • Grilled pineapple is one of my favorites!
  • This pineapple salsa is also perfect for spooning onto these tacos.
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Whatever else you want and think will taste good!
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Hawaiian Chicken Tacos Recipe

      6 Servings


  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha Chili Sauce, or other hot sauce of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
For the Pineapple Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 cup Pineapple, chopped (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice


  1. Prepare the marinade by combining the sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, pineapple juice, ketchup, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce together, add ingredients to a large resealable plastic bag and whisk together.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag, seal, and store in the refrigerator to let marinate for 3-6 hours.
  3. After marinating time, preheat a grill or large skillet on a stovetop. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill or cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes. Then flip and cook the other side for another 5-7 minutes. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F to be considered cooked according to FDA regulations.
  4. Once chicken is fully cooked, remove from grill or skillet. Set on a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes to cool slightly. Chop or shred the chicken.
  5. Make the tacos by filling the corn tortillas with the cut-up chicken, top with fresh pineapple pico de gallo. 


Cooking Method:
Tex Mex
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Author: Serene Herrera
Recipe Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 215 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 133
Calories 385

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 360mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 14g
Protein 40g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Serene Herrera

About Serene

Serene is the blogger behind House of Yumm, and loves all things Tex-Mex thanks to a Texas transplantation from California. We're so excited she's sharing her favorites with you!

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