Chicken and Poultry Featured Recipes — 21 September 2017

Celebrate National Chicken Month – White or Dark Meat, You Decide!

By: Jodie Shield, MED, RDN

My family loves chicken, but alas, our house is divided. Should you eat white meat or dark meat? My older son J.J. and I enjoy white meat (breasts). My husband and daughter, Jenny, prefer the dark side (legs and thighs). Michael, the youngest, remains undecided – cluck! When I discovered September was National Chicken Month, I knew it was time for a peace offering. My next two blog posts will feature two of my family’s favorite chicken recipes: this week white meat, next week dark meat. First on the menu, Grilled Pineapple Chicken. Super easy if you buy chicken breast tenders, thread them on skewers, and toss them on the grill. If you don’t have time to make the pineapple sauce, marinate them in your favorite brand of teriyaki sauce. I like to serve Grilled Pineapple Chicken over hot stir-fry rice and for dessert, a DIY fortune cookie.  Ah-so easy! For more tasty chicken recipes download my FREE app Eat Healthy Homemade Meals in Minutes available on iTunes and Goggle Play.

 Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Makes 8 servings

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Marinade time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken breast tenders
  • 16 bamboo skewers


  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Remove from heat just before mixture comes to a boil, about 3 minutes.
  2. Place chicken tenders in a clear, zip top bag. Cover with pineapple marinade, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. This prevents them from burning.
  4. Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread chicken tenders lengthwise onto bamboo skewers. Discard marinade.
  5. Grill chicken tender 5 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. They cook quickly so watch them closely.

Nutrition Information per 2 chicken tender sticks: 129 calories, 23 grams protein, 2 grams carbohydrate, 2.5 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 63 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams dietary fiber, 97 milligrams sodium

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About Author


Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. This recipe looks delicious. Even with the first snow fall today I would start the grill for this one! I normally don’t have brown sugar on hand so I would use honey as a sweetener instead!

    • Jodie

      Hi Jennifer,

      Crank up that grill – assuming it’s gas! This is one of my all time favs. But I have made it in the oven, too.

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