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Summertime means grill time, am I right? There is not much better than getting a group of friends together for an outside dinner party in summer (or spring or fall!) and playing some yard games while you fire up the grill. Plus, it’s a great way to get the man in your life to cook for the night 🙂
Something really underrated about having grill outs, is that it is the perfect opportunity to do something really fun and social, while keeping healthy. Everyone loves food from the grill. And it is so easy to incorporate healthy options. Whenever my friends have grill outs and are only making hot dogs and hamburgers, I just bring along a piece of chicken for myself. No one gets mad if you ask them to grill something you bring. And this way you get to feel good about what you are having!
In addition to that – I LOVE any and all veggies on a grill. Whether you make a kabob and lay them straight on, or chop them up, spice them, and throw them in some aluminum foil. Yum.
So this recipe actually takes advantage of both those things – chicken on a grill versus hot dogs and hamburgers, and veggies! And we added in some pineapple because I’ve recently learned that grilled pineapple is probably one of the best foods in the entire world. So get ready to have a new go-to BBQ dish!
How to Make the Recipe
It is really quite simple. All you need is some chicken, some veggies, a pineapple, and ingredients to make your sauce. I used a green and a yellow pepper along with some zucchini, but you can feel free to swap that for anything you prefer! Some other great options are mushrooms, squash, onions, or corn! Chop them up and lay them aside.
Then comes making the sauce – which sounds harder than it is. You start with your favorite BBQ sauce. I recommend this Simple Girl Carolina Style BBQ Sauce . It has no sugar added, is low calorie, as well as gluten, fat, and MSG free! Of course it also tastes amazing. Then the fresh pineapple juice. If you bought your fruit already cored and peeled from the store, there will be excess juice at the bottom of the container. If you bought a whole pineapple, you can get the juice by pureeing a little bit of the fruit in a blender, and then straining to remove pulp. Either method works just fine! If you are buying a whole fruit, this is a great way to save money. However pineapples can be hard to peel and core. I have a tool like this one here that helps me, it is a great purchase and will last you a long time!
Then you take your fruit juice and mix it in with the sauce. Add some garlic, and that’s it! Mix to combine completely and you’ve got your finished product.
To make your packet, you will first place the chicken on the foil, top with a few slices of pineapple, and then evenly disburse the veggies in each packet. I also chopped up the remaining pineapple after I had made the slices for covering the chicken and mixed them in with my veggies. The amount of chicken is mostly what determines how many servings this make, so in this recipe, it is three. But feel free to get more chicken breasts (and probably veggies so everyone gets enough) if you are serving a larger group!
Once you have the chicken and vegetables on the foil, pour some of the sauce on the top of each, saving some for later. You can eyeball this. I’d do at least 2 tbsp on each, and more if you have a lot of vegetables or big pieces of chicken. You will be adding more later, but the more you actually cook it in, I think the better it tastes.
Fold those packets up and pop them on the grill! These don’t even have to be watched very closely so you are able to go enjoy your guests while these cook.
Then in about 25-30 minutes come back to them and give them a look. Cut through the fattest part of the biggest piece of chicken, and if there is no pink, you are good to go. Your friends will be pleasantly surprised with the change in menu over the usual hamburgers and hot dogs. And you will have a party food you can feel good about eating!
If you are looking for any great additions to your backyard BBQ, be sure to make a big batch of my watermelon sangria. It is super easy and really pleases a crowd. If you love the watermelon theme for summer, end the meal with my sorbet. Otherwise I recommend making mini cupcakes from my skinny cake recipe, or you can check out my other snacks & desserts. Gotta have a sweet treat for the end of the meal! Enjoy!