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Aloha Chicken

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Get ready for a trip to a tropical island with Live Well Alabama’s Aloha Chicken. Step into the Live Well Alabama Kitchen for this tropical chicken recipe that is sure to be a new favorite for the whole family. Pineapple and chicken may be the new combination you never knew you needed.

“This is a great recipe for your little helper in the kitchen. Let your child spoon in sauce and spread veggies around in the pan. Enjoy a pineapple chunk or two before mixing them in. Kids are more likely to eat new foods when they help cook!”

-Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension nutrition specialist, and registered dietitian


  • Cooking spray
  • Six skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ cup sweet barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • One can pineapple chunks, 20 ounces, drained
  • 2 cups red pepper, sliced

Pro Tips

Try serving it over cooked whole-grain rice. Also, try this recipe with fresh pineapple. Choose one that is firm but slightly soft when squeezed.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and set it to the side. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper together. Coat the chicken on both sides with the mixture, and place the chicken in the pan. Then, top the chicken with barbecue sauce, and spread the peppers and pineapple around the chicken. Bake for 40 minutes or until meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Want to learn more? Step-by-step instructions for the Aloha Chicken recipe, as well as an instructional video, are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Live Well Alabama recipes are all about trying fruits and veggies in tasty, easy, and budget-friendly ways,” Funderburk said. “Our recipes are easy to prepare, and they don’t require any fancy kitchen equipment!”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget-friendly.

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