Spicy Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Burger

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Servings: 6

Ingredients:
1.5 tsp of the following ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, cayenne pepper
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half, and pounded
1 Cup pineapple, chopped into bite-sized pieces
6 slices jalapeño flavored Havarti cheese
6 hamburger buns
Cooking spray

Method:
Turn your grill to medium-high heat and allow to warm up to 375-450 degrees farenheit. While the grill is heating, season both sides of each piece of chicken with the seasonings listed above. Once the grill is all heated up, spray rack with cooking spray (look out, it will shoot flames a bit)! Place each piece of chicken on the grill, close the lid, and allow to cook 4-5 minutes. No peeking! After 4-5  minutes, open grill lid and flip each piece of chicken. Close lid again and cook another 4-5 minutes.

Once chicken is done cooking, keep pieces on grill and top with cheese until melted. Remove from grill and cover with foil to keep warm. Place pieces of pineapple on skewers. Place on medium-high heat grill. Allow to cook with grill cover open 1-2 min each side, or until just charred. Assemble sandwich on bun and top with pineapple chunks.

I’m no grilling expert, but I must say I did a pretty fine job on these!

A few things to note to help with this recipe, and other future grilled chicken recipes. Cooking chicken at this temperature for this amount of time with the chicken breasts pounded down prior to placing them on the grill should allow the chicken to get a bit brown and charred without making it tough and dry. If after the recommended amount of cooking time you feel the chicken is not all the way cooked, move the chicken pieces to a side of the grill with no burners on. Shut the grill lid, and allow chicken to finish cooking through. If you have a food thermometer, the inside of the chicken should be 160 degrees farenheit when cooked through.

This was a quick, simple, and tasty summer recipe that could be thrown together in no-time on a busy weeknight. We finished the meal off with an Oreo Delight dessert, a cool and creamy treat after that spicy burger.

I’m all about quick-and-easy recipes, as I’m sure most of you are. But quick-and-easy doesn’t have to mean boring-and-redundant. I find myself falling into the ole’ “baked chicken with salt and pepper” routine when I’m in a pinch. This isn’t bad, but I get bored with it. The cayenne pepper and the spicy cheese gives this burger a kick while the pineapple cools it down. Give it a try, and let me know what you think! Comment in the posts below and tell me how it turns out for you. Feel free to share other easy summer recipes as well!

1 Comment

  1. Susie Henson says: Reply

    Sounds tasty! Don’t know if I could sell Dad on it but think I’ll try. 😉

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