Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

$5.57 recipe / $1.39 serving

I’ve gotten a little lax with my grocery spending lately, so during the month of June I’m making it my mission to use up as many things in my pantry and freezer as possible. First up: chicken thighs! I fell in love with chicken thighs when I made the Maple Dijon Chicken because they are just so easy to prepare and come out so wonderfully juicy. All you really need to do is slather on a sauce and bake.

So, that’s what I did. I whipped up a quick pineapple teriyaki sauce (again using pantry staples), poured it over the chicken and let it bake. I served it over some brown jasmine rice, topped it with some left over sliced green onions, and a side of some frozen broccoli florets (ALSO leftovers from the freezer). All I bought for this recipe was the pineapple. That makes me HAPPY. …and I’m sure I’ll be happy munching on this for lunch tomorrow at work!

P.S. I made four chicken thighs because that’s what I had in my freezer, but this amount of sauce could probably handle up to 6 smallish thighs without needing to make more.

Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
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Total Cost: $5.57
Cost Per Serving: $1.39
Serves: 4
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pineapple chunks in juice $1.29
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated $0.11
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • ¼ cup soy sauce $0.40
  • 1½ Tbsp rice vinegar $0.17
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch 0.04
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1¼ lb.) $2.35
  • 3 whole green onions, sliced $0.33
  • 4 cups cooked rice $0.69
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain the pineapple juice from the can to use in the sauce (it should be about ¾ cup juice total). Save the pineapple chunks for later. Combine the pineapple juice, grated ginger, minced garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a small sauce pot. Stir until everything is well combined and the cornstarch is dissolved. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it begins to boil and becomes thick and glossy. Turn the burner off and add the pineapple chunks to the sauce.
  2. Coat a small casserole dish with non-stick spray. Arrange the chicken thighs in the dish so that they are not overlapping. Pour the pineapple teriyaki sauce over the chicken, allowing some to get under the chicken pieces.
  3. Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Top the chicken with the sliced green onions. To serve, scoop one chicken thigh plus pineapple pieces and sauce over a bowl of cooked rice.

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Step by Step Photos

Canned Pineapple ChunksPreheat the oven to 400 degrees, then begin to make the sauce. Pour off the juice from one 15-oz. can of pineapple chunks in juice. You should have about 3/4 cup juice (if you have less, say 1/2 cup, you’ll still be okay).

Uncooked Teriyaki SauceCombine that pineapple juice in a small sauce pot with 1 inch of freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup soy sauce 1.5 Tbsp rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Stir until all of the corn starch is dissolved. it will look kind of cloudy, like this.

Finished Pineapple Teriyaki SauceCook the sauce over medium heat until it begins to boil, at which point it will become thick and glossy (that’s the magic of corn starch!). This only takes about five minutes. Turn the heat off and stir in the pineapple chunks.

Raw Chicken ThighsPlace the chicken thighs in a casserole dish so that they are not overlapping. You want them to have a little bit of space, so if you’re cooking more than just four, use a larger dish. I don’t bother trimming the fat because it mostly melts off and it tastes good. Yes, I said it. Chicken fat tastes good!

Uncooked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken ThighsPour the yummy sauce all over ’em. I lifted up the chicken a bit to let some of the sauce get underneath…

Cooked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken ThighsThen just cook it in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the sauce is nice and bubbly. DONE!

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken ThighsSprinkle some sliced green onions on top and you’re ready to serve!

Pineapple Teriyaki ChickenI served mine with some brown rice and leftover frozen broccoli florets. I had plenty of sauce to spoon over the rice and broccoli for a FANTASTIC meal. So easy!


  1. Anna says:

    I’m definitely going to try the Sesame Chicken recipe tomorrow. I have some chicken thighs and was planning to just bake them with seasonings but this recipe looks easy enough and I’m sure, judging by the reviews, that it will taste delicious.

  2. Emilie says:

    Delicious. Made this for dinner last night. I had crushed not chunk pineapple. The crushed was perfect, but it didn’t have the 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of juice so I added what it did have plus some water to equal that amount when making the sauce. I cooked mine about 10 more minutes as one of the thighs in the pkg was large. Also toward the end of cooking, I flipped the thighs over for 5 minutes so they could cook upside down for 5 mins. Then back right side up at the end. Delicious. Next time I might add a fine dice of jalapeno or red pepper flakes for some kick. Perfect just as it is. I also served w/Rice & I had leftover carrots on the side. Thank you!

  3. Carol says:

    just made this for supper, was really good but my sauce and pineapple chunks were really dark in color due to the soya sauce I guess. But tasted delicious.

  4. Becca says:

    This website is PERFECT for college students on a budget. My room mate and I made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing! We used chicken breasts instead, but still turned out great. The sauce was a little salty but not overdone. Great instructions and flavor was awesome. 10/10!

  5. Kathy says:

    OMG-just found your site ! Lots of good ideas for the budget minded and broke retirees. I have several recipes lined up to make over the next few days ! Thank you so much for sharing, and will let you know how this one works- I am also going to try the mandarin oranges as I have lots of those to use.

  6. Megan S. says:

    This is amazing. Sooo tender, so easy, so cheap. You are my current blog hero. I love the concept and the execution. Thanks a million.

  7. Konna says:

    Made these tonight & they were good! Used chicken breasts & added a bit of red pepper flakes. Tender & tasty!

  8. Linda kenney says:

    Thank you for this post.. I usually have pineapple and oranges on hand so I planned this for supper…Well the pantry had neither …I am going to use pears and maybe add apples….Will let you know how this turns out….Serve with onions and peppers .. either in the sauce or stir fried on the side….yummy….

  9. Mary Beth says:

    This dish is excellent! Even my one year old thought so! It’s a keeper for sure.

  10. Darrian says:

    This dish is absolutely delicious!!!!!! Super easy to make too!! I added white sushi rice and brussel sprouts instead for the sides and then garnished it with the green onions, my fiance was so amazed! He was like “this looks delicious and professional!!” I think he was impressed! Thank you for this recipe! <3

  11. Number one, I have been on your blog all afternoon looking at recipes. Everything looks so delicious and I’m so glad to have found your site! I adapted the sauce in this recipe tonight to drizzle over rice, broccoli, and baked chicken. Because I didn’t have any pineapple on hand, I substituted it with mandarin oranges and it turned out absolutely incredible. Thank you!!

  12. Claire says:

    Made this tonight, was bloody lovely! I used the same quantity as the recipe and used it on 5 chicken thighs and a separate dish for some over Quorn fillets. It was just so yummy and I love the fact that it looked like the photos! Well, mine was darker and think perhaps because I used dark soy sauce, and I had no green onions to top it with so chopped some fresh mint (mint and pineapple is delish).
    LOVE your site :-)

  13. Monica says:

    I made this for my omnivore boyfriend last night. He thought it needed some spice, and that thought did cross my mind as I was making it before he mentioned it. I would add red pepper flakes to the sauce next time. He said it was “good”, which is great since he’s notoriously picky. The simplicity of this was awesome.

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