Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

There’s no back story here. These looked awesome, sounded delicious, and appeared simple enough to prepare for even the busiest of chefs. I was correct on all accounts. 😀 While I assumed these were made in the crock pot, I was mistaken. Grilled, indeed!

There’s just no going wrong with sandwiches. Or grilling.

But don’t be fooled. These are BEASTLY sandwiches packed with 4 ounces of sweet, hot, shredded chicken and slices of pineapple grilled to a caramelized perfection, all stacked between the halves of a hearty, fiber-rich, whole grain bun.

Doesn’t it just scream summer?

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Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches from Confections of a Foodie Bride, as seen on Dainty Chef

1/3 cup Heinz 57 sauce
1 20-ounce can pineapple rings in natural juices
2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
Tobasco sauce, to taste
4 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
non-stick cooking spray
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
5 whole wheat buns or sandwich rolls

Directions:

Heat grill to medium heat. Place one ring of pineapple into a food processor or blender and process. Add the Heinz 57, honey, and a couple of dashes of Tobasco to the blender/food processor and combine. Remove 3 tablespoons of sauce to use for basting and reserve the rest for serving.

Spray the pineapple rings with non-stick spray and place on the grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, until the sugars start to caramelize and nice grill marks have developed.

Pound chicken breasts lightly, just to reach an even thickness. Brush the Hawaiian sauce on one side of the chicken breast. Place on the grill and cook, turning once halfway through. Before turning the chicken, baste with the remaining Hawaiian sauce.

Remove chicken and pineapple rings from the grill when done. Let chicken stand for 5-10 minutes before shredding with two forks. Add the chicken to a bowl and toss with the remaining Hawaiian sauce. Divide the pineapple rings and Hawaiian chicken between the 5 buns/sandwich rolls and serve warm. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutrition Information (per sandwich): 405 calories; 4 g. fat; 55 mg. cholesterol; 591 mg. sodium; 57 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 34 g. protein

Result: These were perfect for summer, came together in a jiff, and reheated perfectly for lunches! My only issue with this recipe was keeping the meat hot while I shredded it all. I did end up zapping it in the microwave which worked just fine. I imagine these would be a hit with kids and guests alike! Enjoy!

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Sooo on my way home from Chicago, I got rear-ended at a stop light…5 miles from home. Better yet, it was pouring rain, my gas tank was on empty, I had to go to the bathroom BADLY, and I was hungry. I spent a large portion of the following few hours waiting for police to file a report and submitting information to my insurance company. Everyone involved was okay, but there is some damage to both of our cars and I was left with a headache, literally. My head hit the back of my car seat pretty hard. I opted out of hockey, just to be safe, and I hope today goes a bit more smoothly!

Question: Do you prefer hot or cold sandwiches? Sandwiches for lunch, or dinner, or either one? 🙂

Have a great week!

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19 Comments

  1. August 8, 2011 / 7:22 am

    Oh man! Sorry to hear about the accident! They always seem to come at the WORST possible times, right? Stupid Murphy’s Law….

    Smart move on opting out of hockey- hopefully you’ll be feeling good as new today. 🙂

  2. August 8, 2011 / 8:46 am

    Glad you liked them! Definitely and easy and delicious sandwich for the summertime 🙂 Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad you weren’t hurt seriously.

  3. August 8, 2011 / 10:19 am

    I prefer hot sandwiches and will eat them for either lunch or dinner. Especially one as wonderful-looking as this.

  4. August 8, 2011 / 10:29 am

    I am so sorry you were in a car wreck, but I am glad everyone was okay.

    These sandwiches look fantastic.

  5. August 8, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Being rear ended SUCKS! Im impressed you didnt pee yourself though. 🙂 Oh, and glad you’re not hurt. Hopefully thats a given though.
    As for the sandwich – that pretty much looks like the best thing ever. Sandwiches are my absolute favorite thing – and I almost always eat them hot. That way Im guaranteed gooey melty cheese.

  6. August 8, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    Sorry to hear about your accident – I hope you are feeling better today!

  7. August 8, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Just about every sandwich MUST be hot! I LOVE grilled pineapple and grilled corn! You are making me hungry girl!

  8. August 8, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    OMG Nicole!!! I’m so sorry to hear about the rear ender!!! Glad you are all ok…that really is the most important thing! Hope today is a better day!!!! Take care!!! (sending a hug across the continent to you!)

  9. August 8, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    I’m sorry about your car accident. I think there’s a statistic that the majority accidents happen within 5 miles of home. I hope everything gets fixed quickly!!

  10. August 8, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the accident. And glad you liked the sandwiches! Those flavors bring back such good memories for me.

  11. August 8, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    I’ve been putting my grill to good use over the past few days as well… absolutely nothing wrong with grilling for sure 😉
    This sandwich looks truly amazing!

  12. August 8, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    This sandwich definitely says summer! Yum!
    I’m so sorry about your fender bender. You poor thing. Good thing you are all ok.

  13. August 9, 2011 / 7:37 am

    That’s a tasty looking sam’ich, but I can’t help but want to replace the chicken with pork.

  14. August 9, 2011 / 8:11 am

    This is definitely Nick’s dream come true. I think I’m going to send him to your house every night for dinner….ok? Seriously, this looks amazing!! I’ll come too 🙂 I prefer my sandwiches hot, actually, but have nothing against a cold sandwich either.

    I hope your car is ok. That scenery you described above sounds like hell!! Hunger, no gas, have to pee, 5 miles from home, hit by a car?? Yuck. I’m glad you’re ok!

  15. Laura
    June 13, 2013 / 7:26 am

    I don’t have a grill but definitely want to try do you think the meat at least could be made in the crockpot or a pan? Thanks

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      June 16, 2013 / 7:36 am

      Hi Laura! I would cook the chicken in a pan or bake it 🙂 Crock pot might have it shred some. Not that that would be the worst thing ever 🙂

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