Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

by Shawnda on June 20, 2009

in Chicken & Poultry,On the grill,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas

Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

Growing up, one of my very favorite dishes was Hawaiian Chicken. I remembered the sauce on the chicken to be sort of a sweet-and-sour type sauce… a sauce that I could happily eat by the bowlful. It goes to show you how much attention I paid while Mom was cooking because when I tried to run through the dish for my mental shopping list, the description came out something like this:

My mom would take a jar of something, some pineapple rings, and some other stuff; mix that up and pour over a cut up chicken and bake it.

That makes for a sucky shopping list. Luckily, Mom is only 30 miles and a phone call away so she was able to quickly fill in the holes around the pineapple:

  • Jar of something = Heinz 57 sauce
  • Some other stuff = Honey
  • The original measurements for that recipe are long since gone but armed with more information than “jar of something,” I was eager to hang up the phone and start cooking because an updated version of my favorite dish from 20 years ago would be on the table in less than an hour!

    Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

    I’m almost never so content with a meal that I can’t think of at least one tweak and this time was no different. Next time, I’ll increase the amount of sauce because this wasn’t nearly as drippy and messy as it should have been :)

    Pulled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

    Juicy grilled chicken tossed with sweet & tangy Hawaiian-style sauce.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup Heinz 57 Sauce
    • Fresh pineapple, cored and sliced into 7 1/4"-1/2" inch rings
    • 2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey, plus more (if desired)
    • Tobasco sauce
    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • Olive oil
    • Salt
    • Fresh ground black pepper
    • 6 buns or sandwich rolls

    Instructions

    1. Heat grill to medium heat.
    2. Place one 1/2" ring of pineapple into a food processor or blender and process. Puree. Or obliterate. You're looking for a sauce-like end-product.
    3. Pour the processed pineapple into a medium bowl and stir in the steak sauce, honey, and a couple of dashes of Tobasco. Taste and add honey if additional sweetness is desired. Remove 1/4 cup of sauce to use for basting and reserve the rest for serving.
    4. Brush pineapple rings with olive oil 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.
    5. Pound chicken breasts lightly, just to reach an even thickness. Brush the Hawaiian sauce on one side of the chicken breast and season liberally with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook until internal temps reach 170 (about 6-8 minutes), turning once halfway through. Before turning the chicken, baste with the remaining Hawaiian sauce.
    6. 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 6 buns/sandwich rolls and serve warm.

    Notes

    Yields: 6 servings

    Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

    Estimated time: 35 minutes

    { 20 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Melissa June 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I will take your jar of something and your something else and make this!

    Reply

    2 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen June 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    This looks so good! I’m definitely trying this. I love mom recipes!

    Reply

    3 Kerstin June 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I love reading about family recipes! Sounds like a great combo of flavors – yum!

    Reply

    4 cheffresco June 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Mmm! Love the pineapple, I bet this sandwich was delish!

    Reply

    5 oneshotbeyond June 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    yum! Nice you have those great memories of your mom’s dishes to remember!

    Reply

    6 Kevin June 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    That sandwich looks so tasty! I like using pineapple in savoury things like this.

    Reply

    7 Joelen June 22, 2009 at 8:59 am

    This looks wonderful and I’m sure that sandwich tastes just as great!

    Reply

    8 lyn June 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

    THAT looks yummy! I love little tidbits of childhood coming together like this…

    Reply

    9 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) June 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Ooh these look delicious! I want to go look for the Heinz 57 sauce NOW!

    Reply

    10 Nutmeg Nanny June 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Haha I love how you remembered watching your mom make the meal. I often have memories like this because you never pay enough attention when you are kid. These sandwiches looks great and more messy sauce sounds like a great idea:)

    Reply

    11 ashley June 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    mmmm this looks fab!

    Reply

    12 emiglia June 23, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I know exactly how that is! My mom used to make a Jamaican chicken recipe, and the only thing I remembered from it was that there was ketchup involved, as well as some onions. Luckily, she remembers everything :)

    I’m excited to try this! I love pineapple with chicken.

    Reply

    13 Amanda June 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Yummm! Anything with fresh pineapple is a winner in my book!

    Reply

    14 Emily June 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

    When I was little, I wouldn’t eat any meat unless it was smothered in Heinz 57. I can’t wait to try this.

    Reply

    15 Sarah July 1, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I made this last night. It was really good! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    16 Molly Jean July 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t know what is more delicious… your photos or your food!

    This looks incredible!

    Reply

    17 megan July 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    That looks yummy! I do love pineapple and chicken

    Reply

    18 Heather July 31, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Yummy!

    Reply

    19 Talita August 26, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Yummy chicken sandwich! Looks great!

    Reply

    20 Beau Safken November 2, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Ohhh man, I would soo eat that. With a side of spam too to keep it really Hawaiian.

    Reply

    Leave a Comment

    Previous post:

    Next post: