Barbecue Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Sauce

(Last Updated On: June 6, 2019)

I’m always looking for new recipes for chicken. This baked and then grilled bone-in chicken recipe with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce is a winner!

The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give the barbecue sauce a slightly smoky flavor and a kick of spice.

The flavor is rounded out with sweet fresh pineapples joined together with spices and fresh lime juice. I suggest baking the chicken to par cook it and minimize the amount of time the chicken remains on the grill so that the sauce can work its magic without becoming charred.

Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. The barbecue sauce has a spicy, smoky sweet flavor that is perfect with grilled chicken.


  • 4 Pieces of Bone-in Chicken
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled
  • Juice 1/2 Lime
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Pineapple, Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Mild Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Chipotles in Adobo Sauce with 2 Teaspoons Adobo Sauce
  • 6 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro, including the stems
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Additional Lime Wedges and Cilantro for Garnish


  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Then coat with vegetable oil and lightly dust with fine salt.
  2. Place the chicken in a 375 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. In the mean time, place the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Remove the chicken from the oven and baste liberally with the barbecue sauce.
  5. Place on a grill and continue cooking for about 7 minutes on each side. Baste the chicken several time as it cooks.
  6. Continue grilling until the chicken is cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges and serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side.

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Chipotle Pineapple BBQ Chicken


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2 thoughts on “Barbecue Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Sauce”

  1. I purchased a specialty BBQ sauce made with dried tart cherries from NW Michigan also:
    Cane sugar
    Cherry juice concentrate
    Brown sugar
    Mustard & seed
    Apple cider vinegar
    Hickory smoke flavor
    S & P
    How best could I add chipotle to turn up the heat? I’d like to make chicken wings for an upcoming event. Or is chipotle not a good addition?

    • The chipotle pepper would be work really well, but it will also add more smoke flavor. If you taste the BBQ sauce and think that more smoke would work well, then put some sauce in a blender or food process. Start with 1/2 pepper and then add more if more heat is desired.


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