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Hawaiian Chicken Salad

20 mins Cook
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Presenting a stunning and vibrant salad that bursts with the delightful essence of the tropics – a true homage to Hawaiian influences! This verdant masterpiece boasts an abundance of wholesome greens, accompanied by succulent chicken marinated in the symphony of pineapple and coconut. Adorning this masterpiece is a bed of coconut-infused rice, elegantly adorned with a drizzle of a delectable cilantro and lime dressing.

Salad Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Behold, a salad that truly exemplifies the pinnacle of culinary satisfaction. Beyond its gastronomic prowess, this creation embraces a resourceful spirit by ingeniously repurposing remnants from a recipe I unveiled a few weeks ago. Thus, it marries the virtues of thriftiness, convenience, healthfulness, and above all, an unparalleled gustatory delight. What more could one possibly desire from a salad?


This culinary creation draws inspiration from my recent postings of Hawaiian Coconut Pineapple Chicken Skewers and Coconut Lime Cilantro (Coriander) Rice. As the result of transforming leftovers into a newfound delight, I couldn’t resist the urge to share this salad recipe here.

To provide a glimpse into my culinary philosophy, much of what graces the pages of RecipeTin Eats is a product of my ceaseless endeavor to make judicious use of ingredients lingering in my refrigerator or freezer. Amidst the flow of client photography assignments and my monthly contributions to the Super Food Ideas magazine, alongside the recipes I unveil here, the perennial challenge of surplus ingredients invariably surfaces. A magnetic whiteboard affixed to my refrigerator acts as a canvas for my culinary brainstorming, all rooted in a list of essential “MUST USE” components.

The aversion to wastefulness runs deep within me. From childhood, I recall being admonished if a single grain of rice dared to remain in my bowl. “A farmer toiled to cultivate that rice!” my mother would chide.

Let’s steer the course back to the salad at hand.

At its core lies a delectable coconut-pineapple marinade that mirrors the marinade employed in the Hawaiian Chicken Skewers. In fact, the surplus marinade from that very recipe readily finds purpose in tenderizing the chicken breast for this endeavor.

Alternatively, a strategic maneuver involves marinating the chicken intended for the skewers for 24 hours, then transitioning to marinate the breast for an additional 24 hours. Such thoughtful culinary orchestration results in a vibrant and well-coated poultry.

The verdant foundation of the salad is composed of an assortment of greens, embodying a splendid assemblage that stems from the treasures unearthed within my refrigerator. Yet, the prospects are boundless, offering scope for personal culinary exploration.

A virtuous addition emerges in the form of leftover Coconut Cilantro/Coriander Rice, previously paired as a side with the Hawaiian Chicken Skewers. This complementary fusion bolsters the salad’s heartiness and presence.

A can of pineapple pieces assumes a pivotal role, contributing its essence to both the marinade and the salad itself. The pineapple pieces are tenderly seared, inviting their sweet succulence to harmonize with the ensemble.

Loyal readers may acknowledge that salads have not frequently claimed the spotlight in my culinary repertoire. However, this particular creation commands a rare enthusiasm within me. A salad worth sharing – an exclamation that resounds with authentic excitement!

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Presenting a stunning and vibrant salad that bursts with the delightful essence of the tropics – a true homage to Hawaiian influences! This verdant masterpiece boasts an abundance of wholesome greens, accompanied by succulent chicken marinated in the symphony of pineapple and coconut. Adorning this masterpiece is a bed of coconut-infused rice, elegantly adorned with a drizzle of a delectable cilantro and lime dressing.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
total time
30 mins



  • Marinade (Note 1):

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a can)

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice (from can, save pineapple pieces)

  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce/ketchup

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • Zest of 1 lime

  • 2 garlic cloves , minced

  • 1/4 tsp EACH onion powder , cumin, paprika, ginger powder, salt

  • Chicken & Salad:

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large chicken breast , halved horizontally

  • 1/2 cup corn

  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup pineapple pieces (from can)

  • 4 - 6 cups chopped lettuce

  • 1/2 avocado , cut into wedges

  • 1/2 red onion , finely sliced

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes , halved

  • 1 small carrot, finely shredded

  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups Coconut Lime Cilantro / Coriander Rice (Note 2)

  • Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice

  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro/coriander

  • 1/2 garlic minced

  • 1/2 tsp sugar or honey

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Black pepper


Combine the elements constituting the Marinade, allowing the chicken to luxuriate within its essence for a minimum of 3 hours, although the pinnacle of satisfaction is attained through an extended overnight soak.
In a jar, combine the components composing the Dressing, and set this concoction aside for no less than 15 minutes, permitting the alchemy of flavors to transpire.
Employ a non-stick skillet infused with oil, subjecting it to high heat or, alternatively, a preheated BBQ. With a flourish, introduce the chicken to this heated arena, granting each side an audience of 3 minutes or until a golden transformation is achieved. Upon completion, graciously retire the chicken and enshroud it in foil, a sanctuary where it shall rest, lightly shrouded, for 5 minutes before being sculpted into inviting slices.
In this same arena, orchestrate a symphony of flavors by searing 1/2 cup of pineapple pieces and corn until they too acquire a desirable golden hue.
Upon a platter, assemble a crescendo of salad constituents, building a tantalizing vista that anticipates the crowning glory of sliced chicken. To bestow the final enchantment, drizzle the Dressing with a flourish. As you savor this ensemble, surrender to the delusion that you've been spirited away to the enchanting shores of Hawaii!


The marinade employed in the Hawaiian Chicken Skewers finds dual utility here. As an option, the chicken for this recipe can bask in the same marinade's embrace. Alternatively, an astute approach unfolds: marinade the chicken slated for the skewers over the course of the initial 24 hours, thereafter consecrating the next 24 hours to marinate the chicken designated for this salad. Following this dual-purpose journey, the marinade's tenure concludes, necessitating its immediate departure. The Coconut Lime Cilantro/Coriander Rice, initially conceived as an accompaniment to the Hawaiian Chicken Skewers, proves to be a harmonious companion for this salad. Yet, should your culinary canvas lack the brushstrokes of leftover rice, rest assured that the canvas can be enriched with plain cooked white rice, paired with an augmented portion of the dressing to cascade over the rice expanse. Nutritional insights beckon per serving, calculated upon a presumed yield of three servings, wherein 1 cup of unadorned white rice is embraced within the equation.
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