Pineapple Chili Chicken {gluten, dairy, soy free marinade}

In my past life, I was a huge marinade junkie. The pantry always housed a series of bottles with zippy titles, and grilled chicken frequented our menu. So many of those marinades contain soybean oil, or soy sauce, or... something off limits.

So what's a girl to do? Get creative, of course! Homemade marinades are so simple, don't cost much, and are much healthier. Ready to make some of your own?

You'll Need:
1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice {I used bottled, 100% pineapple juice}
1/2 Cup Orange Juice {roughly two medium oranges}
1/4 Cup Lime Juice {roughly two medium limes}
.1/2 Onion, diced
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Cumin
Salt & Pepper

To Make:
Combine ingredients in a large, zip-top plastic bag.
Close the bag, and use your hands to smoosh the ingredients around a bit, breaking up any clumps of chili powder, etc..
Open the bag, being careful not to spill the contents, and add chicken breasts or thighs.
Reseal the bag, and place in the refrigerator for an hour or so.*
Discard 'used' marinade once you've placed your chicken on the grill.

*Be careful not to leave your chicken sitting for more than two or three hours. The pineapple juice in the marinade could potentially change the texture of your chicken over a longer period of time, making it inedible.

...and! It's giveaway day! The winner of the LARABAR stash is:

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This recipe has been shared on... allergy friendly friday, Life as Mom, Gluten free Wednesday


  1. This recipe sounds great! So many flavors! I was planning to pick up some salmon tonight, might give it a try on that. Sitha isn't much of a chicken lover ;)

  2. P.S. I totally LOVE Larabar's too!! I've only tried 3 or 4 of the flavors, but they are fantastic. Love that they aren't as sweet and sticky as other bars.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. This sounds really good. I often forget to marinate or I get stuck in a rut of using the same marinate. I'm sure this is delicious.


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