Hawaiian Chicken

"This is a recipe that has been a family favorite for decades. My aunt gave it to my mom when she asked for it, I don't know where my aunt got this recipe. We would serve this on top of some white rice."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Set oven to 350°F.
  • Place chicken in baking dish.
  • Melt butter in large skillet on low heat.
  • Mix corn starch and hot water in glass or small bowl until well blended; set aside.
  • Add excess pineapple juice from can of pineapple chunks.
  • Sprinkle pineapple chunks over chicken.
  • Mix brown sugar, salt, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and chili powder in skillet until well blended.
  • Turn skillet to medium heat and let simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in ketchup and soy sauce.
  • Stir in corn starch mixture and blend well, sauce will become very thick.
  • Let simmer 2-3 more minutes.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and pineapple chunks.
  • Bake chicken for 50-60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked completely through.
  • Remove with caution, pan may be heavy and it will be hot.

Questions & Replies

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  1. scarletcupcake
    Can I substitute the cornstarch for something else?


  1. mjpoirier32407
    It turned out great loved it, my family loved it also. Even my daughter and she doesn’t like pineapple. It was so easy to make.
  2. Laura S.
    Horrible! This recipe felt like razor blades on the back of my throat! It was like gargling with a cup of glass chips. The chicken needed some serious seasoning. I swear that by some unintended chemical reaction, this recipe recreated at a molecular level the fermented urine of Satan. 0 stars, would not scrape throat again.
  3. anniesnomsblog
    Absolutely amazing! This was easy to make and tasted insanely good. My fiancé loved this too! Love that sweet/tangy combination; will be adding this to our dinner rota!
  4. wcramer06
    Loved it! Halved the recipe and used extra pineapple juice and also cut the butter in half. Does NOT need all the butter as this is flavorful all on its own. The chicken (40 minutes at 350) was very moist! DH loved and I did too. Even little ones loved the rice mixed with the sauce. Thank you.
  5. True Texas
    Made this today and it is very good. Only change I made was I cut the vinegar down to 1/4 cup, a 1/2 seemed like a lot of vinegar. I mixed all of the ingredients and then put in my crockpot and cooked about 8 hours on low. The chicken was so tender and good.


  1. Joy Cooks
    My now-dead mother-in-law made an Hawaiian Chicken dish that my husband loved. We have been trying to find a recipe that was close. I think this is it! We knew it was from a home-maker/cooking magazine from the 60's. We substituted dry sherry for the vinegar. It works!<br/>Another thought -- brown the chicken pieces in the butter, remove chicken, make sauce, return chicken to the pot. Put in oven for 50 or so minutes. This makes sense of the large amount of butter, and seems logical.



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