Taste of the Ozarks: Grilled Pineapple Chicken

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Pineapple Grilled Chicken
Recipe courtesy: Dietitian Mesha Cowan of Citizens Memorial Hospital
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 fresh pineapple, skin removed and cut into rounds with the core removed
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sodium-free tomato paste
4-6 pitted dates, soaked for 10-15 minutes in warm water, then drained
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika

Directions:

1. Soak dates in warm water to soften.

2. To make the marinade, place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and run continuously to combine all the ingredients until smooth. Stop to scrape sides down as needed and restart.

3. Place chicken in a shallow bowl or dish and pour in the marinade.
Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

4. When you're about ready to grill, cut pineapple into rounds as noted. Cut out the tough inner core from the rounds, and set aside.

5. Heat your grill to high heat about 500° F. Add the chicken and pineapple to grill and cook, flipping once and basting chicken with any remaining marinade until cooked through (about 5-6 minutes on each side depending on the size of the chicken). Remove pineapple when it is grilled to your liking (we grilled it just 3-4 minutes per side).

6. Serve chicken and pineapple with your favorite side dish, over rice or over greens.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 467, Total fat 6g, Sodium 474mg, Total carbohydrate 54g, Dietary fiber 6g, Protein 51g

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