Perfectly roasted honey pineapple chicken which is so juicy and succulent and filled with so much tangy flavor. Roasted chicken is a staple in our house. And this HONEY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN ticks all the boxes! It’s juicy (check!), flavorful and easy (check, check!) to make as well.
This could be the perfect addition on your holiday party dinners as a beautiful centerpiece. I would pair this with roasted vegetables or fresh salads.
I start with choosing a medium-sized whole chicken, free-range preferrably because of its health benefits, and it also tastes better. Make sure also it’s in room temperature as this helps the chicken to cook through much faster.
I seasoned it with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and of course rosemary. Then stuffed the cavity with pineapples, garlic and lemon. How yummy can it get?
Basting the chicken will also keep it moist and juicy. I use a wire rack when roasting so the fat and oil drips which can be made into a jus.
Now go make this chicken and have a feast with your family.
1 whole free-range chicken (700-800grms)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
Half bunch of garlic
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
2 tablespoons honey
Salt & pepper
Pre-heat oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
Wash the chicken including the cavity and pat dry with a kitchen towel. This is a key step for the chicken skin to crisp up.
Mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dried rosemary in a small bowl. Then rub the entire chicken with the mix.
Season also the cavity then stuff it with the pineapples, fresh garlic, rosemary sprigs, and lemon half.
Place the chicken on a wire rack placed on a baking pan for the juice and oil to drip. Roast for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile mix the basting ingredients and then baste the chicken after the first 30 minutes.
Return to the oven and roast for another 20 minutes or until a meat temperature indicates it’s cooked through. You can baste it one last time before taking out of the oven.
Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving with your favorite side dish.