Simply Healthy Family: Saucy Mamma! Hawaiian Grilled Chicken-Pineapple Sandwiches with Home Made Terryaki Sauce


Saucy Mamma! Hawaiian Grilled Chicken-Pineapple Sandwiches with Home Made Terryaki Sauce

It's only a few weeks into Summer and already unbearably hot outside here in Phoenix. I have officially sworn off cooking or baking until October.... at least. Might as well unplug my stove. I'm done. I am however, o.k. with sending my dear husband outside to BBQ something wonderful for dinner. Hey, I'll put everything all together, all he has to do is stand there by the fire and look manly with a large pick fork and cold beer in hand. We have a nice pool that he can jump into any time he starts to scorch and feel a heat stroke coming on. Cush job right?

4th of July is coming up very soon. This Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ sandwich is my idea of a perfect backyard celebration. When paired with Grilled Corn on the cob, Watermelon Boats, Coconut-Berry Cake and Cherry Lime Aid Slushies next to the pool I'm in heaven!

Believe it or not, when asked what the fam would like to BBQ for special occasions the majority vote is always for these Hawaiian Chicken sandwiches. Maybe it's due in part to the fact that grilling steaks scares me. They never turn out good, let alone to die for. When you splurge and spend the money for high end steaks you expect them to be perfect, not fatty and grisly and either under or over cooked. I can see the raised, confused eyebrows now. Don't judge. We just don't eat read meat very often... at all. So we are far from being savvy on the grilling technique used to master a perfect steak. Not that my husband and teenage son wouldn't like engorge themselves in humongous carnivorous slabs of meat on a daily basis but I'm more than fine without.

 I'm all about the grilled veggies and home made sauces and the sides that go along with the barbecuing experience.

When at the grocery store, it's all that I can do to refrain from stopping people who have jarred marinades and sauces in their cart and shaking some sense into them. That stuff is just gross, full of sugar, preservatives and additives not to mention expensive. I don't get it. Why do people insist that making their own salad dressing and marinades is a difficult thing.  It's just not I tell you. You can make a very quick and delicious marinade for chicken, fish or veggies with just 3-4 ingredients that most people have in their pantry anyway. 

Any combination of ketchup, brown mustard, soy sauce, terryaki, brown sugar, onion, garlic, cornstarch, horse radish, juice, ginger or grill seasoning can be cooked down into a fabulously simple grill sauce. Think of how many batches of sauce you can get out of these pantry staples for the price of one pre-made jar of BBQ sauce. Experiment and use whatever you have on hand. Even just a simple mixture of ketchup, brown mustard, a pinch of brown sugar and soy sauce would be delicious.

Freshly grated ginger really adds a zingy punch to the sauce.

YIELDS  2 1/2 CUPS       TIME   20 MINUTES

Terryaki Sauce:

cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup peanut, avocado, coconut or vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy sauce (preferably *Organic Tamari)
1/2 cup molasses 
1 teaspoon ground ginger (use 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger if you have some) 
1 tablespoons cornstarch
1-2 tablespoon Raw (turbinado) sugar or brown sugar
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
Sesame seeds for garnish
Optional: Thai Chili Pepper Sauce to bring some heat. Bring it.

Putting it all together:

In a small bowl whisk together corn starch with pineapple juice, set aside. Combine all remaining ingredients except Tamari soy sauce. Bring to a gentle boil while whisking. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes whisking occasionally. Remove from heat, add Tamari and let cool slightly then pour into a large plastic bag to coat chicken. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for spooning over done chicken. Lay the bag of marinated chicken on a large plate so sauce covers it and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably 2-3 hours.

I pound my thawed chicken breasts with a rolling pin while they are in the zip lock bag to make
them large enough to fit a bun and to cook faster and evenly.

Other simple sides to make this 4th of July

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chile Butter

Watermelon Boats with Blueberries and Fresh Coconut
Cherry Lime Aide Slushies

GF Coconut-Berry Patriotic Cake recipe here


  1. Pretty much genius! Not your run-o-the-mill BBQ! Love it - I have to try to make it. It won't look like yours and most likely won't taste much like yours but I'll try. I get points for that, right???

  2. Wow... can't wait to try these yummy recipes. LOVE them; thanks so much!

  3. I love your recipe for teriyaki sauce! Looks good - it gets hot here in Florida, but I still fire up the stove...I can't help myself!

  4. So great that you made homemade teriyaki sauce! I always just buy it by the bottle, but now I know I can easily make it at home too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Everything looks absolutely delicious - the perfect barbecue!

  6. It is hard to believe that 4th of July is just around the corner. I'd almost forgotten! Everything hear looks so very good..and I love the sandwich. All of my favorite things wrapped into one delicious concoction! Thank you for sharing with me today. I hope you are having a happy Monday! Much love and blessings from Austin!

  7. Oh wow wow wow, that sandwich looks AMAZING!

  8. I love your quote about the grilled veggies and homemade sauces to keep things interesting at the BBQ! I agree wholeheartedly!

  9. Yummy this looks so delicious!! So glad to be your newest follower! :)

  10. I love your quote about the grilled veggies and homemade sauces to keep things interesting at the BBQ! I agree wholeheartedly!

  11. Oh wow wow wow, that sandwich looks AMAZING!


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