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Pineapple Quinoa With Island Chicken Skewers

This Pineapple Quinoa With Island Chicken Skewers is a delicious and easy dinner idea. It will tickle your tastebuds and leave you wanting more.

I have partnered with Mom It Forward Blogger Network and Dole® to bring you this scrumptious Pineapple Quinoa and Taste bud-Tingling Island Chicken Skewers. As always, all opinions are mine alone.
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Now, according to the recipe online, the marinade for the chicken consists of Dole Canned Pineapple juice, brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce (we used Tamari instead), and garlic – all cooked up together. Dole Canned Pineapple Juice is 100% juice, and it’s not from concentrate. It also happens to be an excellent source of vitamin C, A & E, and is gluten-free.

In fact, when I was in college, Dole Pineapple Juice in the big can was the only juice I drank (it also happened to be very budget-friendly during those starving-art-student-days)! When all these ingredients were cooking, I have got to say, the smell was just intoxicating!

I also whipped up some quinoa to accompany the chicken. Now, usually, I cook my quinoa in stock, but as I had only half the amount of stock I needed, I subbed in some pineapple juice and my daughter ended up giving that quinoa 2 thumbs up (my daughter’s feelings towards quinoa fall into the same category as my feelings towards rain)!

The pineapple-flavored quinoa and the pineapple-flavored chicken were so good, I wish y’all could have tasted it! Oh but wait, y’all can…with the recipe below!  🙂

From now on, I am thinking Dole Canned Pineapple juice clearly needs to become a pantry staple in our home!


I was standing in my driveway last night, contemplating my next mode of attack against the Carpenter Bees that seem to be attracted to my house when it hit me…

It’s been exactly 7 days since our last rainy day! One whole week!!! Yippeeee!!!! 

I abhor the rain – yes, I know we need it, and it helps with crops, and washing the pollen out of the air, and all that jazz,…but, April was oh so soggy here in Atlanta; at one time, it rained for 10 days straight!

So, this past week has been pretty fantabulous! I was so elated that I let those Carpenter Bees have their way with my wood and headed off to uncover my grill!


My daughter had been bugging me to try out a recipe she caught me looking at on the Dole website; which, I had been putting off as the recipe calls for skewers, and my feelings for skewers and rainfall in the same category!

But, today, the 7th day -in a row- of sunshine, I figured it would be a good day to break out the grill, conquer my distaste for skewers and make us some Island Chicken! It is about those everyday little celebrations – right?

Dole Canned Pineapple Juice can be found in the shelf-stable juice aisle of grocery and super-center stores nationwide.
It’s available in both a 46oz can or 6oz 6-pack of cans.

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Pineapple Quinoa With Island Chicken Skewers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

This Pineapple Quinoa With Island Chicken Skewers is a delicious and easy dinner idea. It will tickle your tastebuds and leave you wanting more.



  • 1 cup DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce, or Tamari sauce
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into 2-inch strips
  • 6 wooden skewers soaked in water
  • 3 green onions, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 clove garlic, smashed


  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa



  1. Combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, lime juice, tamari/soy sauce, garlic, and green onions in a small saucepan and bring to boil for about 3 minutes. Pour out 3/4 cup mixture into a bowl to use for marinating the chicken. Allow the marinade to cool
  2. Return saucepan to the stove and boil remaining pineapple mixture until slightly thicker. Remove from heat and allow to cool - I used this to brush over the chicken tenders.
  3. Add chicken to the marinade, making sure to coat the chicken. Cover; refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  4. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers and cook over a grill - 5 minutes on each side, while brushing with thickened pineapple mix.


  1. Place the pineapple juice and chicken stock in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add in the quinoa and reduce to a simmer
  3. Cover and let cook on low for 15 minutes
  4. Top with shredded carrots, black beans, and more green onions, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 437Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 105mgSodium 1285mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 40g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Honey What's Cooking

Thursday 28th of May 2015

Ooooh.. this looks so good. I never cook with pineapple, should really try. So Hawaiian looking. :-)


Friday 15th of May 2015

This looks amazing!!! I'm seriously going to make these next week! Thanks for the inspiration!


Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

I am all about anything quinoa. This looks too good for words! Also, I am a little jealous. It rained here this morning. But at least I know to always have my umbrella handy :)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

Wednesday 13th of May 2015

I love Dole canned pineapple :) Island chicken sounds delicious!

Carmel Moments

Wednesday 13th of May 2015 fabulous! I always forget about the beautiful of pineapple when I make skewers. Gotta remember this for summer. Yum! Have a marvelous day!

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