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Grilled Mojo Chicken with Pineapple Salsa

It’s been a month of cookouts every weekend, and during the summer we enjoy lighter fare that matches the wonderful warm weather. We have been enjoying a lot of new and different recipes, but the one thing that’s been consistent across the board is our love of grilling with natural charcoal briquettes (I never realized that an old-fashioned charcoal grill is what gave that delicious smoky flavor), and BBQing for a more outdoorsy take on our favorite dishes.

We used corn oil for this recipe (someone told us it helps lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil but I’m not sure if that is true). Corn oil is not as rich and flavorful as good Greek olive oil, but it has a high smoke point, making it useful for any recipes that require a higher cooking temperature (I love, love, love Greek olive oil, I don’t think anything is healthier and I include it in some way every day, but I can’t fry with it!). Corn oil cab be used for sautéing, grilling, and even baking even the temperatures are higher and you don’t want any smokiness that would make it hard to breathe in the kitchen or alter the taste of the recipe. Mazola Corn Oil has a neutral flavor, so it brings out the flavors of the other ingredients without taking over…foods that naturally taste good will still taste good and it’s a good option for frying.

We cook all sorts of meat, but lately, I am eating lots of grilled chicken. It’s delicious, better for you, filling, and divinely versatile. I found a recipe for Grilled Mojo Chicken with Pineapple Salsa, and it inspired me to recreate it with just a teeny twist of my own.

Grilled Mojo Chicken With Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Mojo Chicken with Pineapple Salsa


For Salsa
2 cups diced fresh pineapple, 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
2 tablespoons orange juice

For Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 to 6 ounces each)
1/4 cup corn Oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

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1. To make salsa: combine all salsa ingredients – diced pineapple, red bell pepper, onion, cilantro, and orange juice- in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. To make chicken:
– Preheat grill to medium heat (about 350º F)
– Combine oil, orange juice, garlic, salt and spices in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Place each chicken breast is a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the chicken, reseal bag, and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
– Transfer chicken from marinade onto grill surface and discard marinade. Grill chicken for 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
– Transfer chicken to a serving plate. Spoon pineapple salsa over grilled chicken and serve immediately.

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It’s light and delicious, perfect for any time of year but especially during these gorgeous warm summer evenings when you are in the mood to be outdoors and enjoy some tasty barbecue with your family and friends.

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  • Rebecca Orr

    Looks great! We love to grill during the warm summer months. If I can avoid turning the stove or oven on, I am super happy!

  • Robin Rue

    If that doesn’t scream awesome sumner dinner idea, I don’t know what does! It sounds amazing.

  • Stacie

    That’s the perfect meal for the summer. It’s so simple and light.

  • Jeannette

    This looks so yummy! I generally make Mango salsa but I’m going to have to try pineapple salsa soon! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Cindy

    Sounds delicious, I pinned it to my “Recipes I want to Try” board!

  • Melissa

    That looks so good! I love pineapple or mango salsa with grilled chicken. Yum!

  • Crystal

    We spend a lot of time grilling during the summer, but it’s nice to have things other than burgers & hotdogs to prepare. This chicken looks fantastic, and that salsa is to die for!

  • Megan

    Pineapple salsa sounds so refreshing! I’ve done a fruit salsa before, but not pineapple.

  • Kim

    Love how healthy this is! Might have to make this for my family this week! YUM!

  • Yum, that salsa would be awesome with chicken. It would probably be good with certain types of fish too.

  • Rosey

    I like the pineapple in it. It makes it more summery. I like summery. 🙂

  • Allison

    This sounds like the absolute BEST summertime recipe! I love anything that combines sweet and salty favors!

  • Catherine S

    This looks really good. Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to make this for dinner.

  • Jeanine

    Yum this looks so good! I am pretty sure I would love to try this so I may have to see if I can whip this up!

  • Marcie W.

    I bet the citrus and spice combination is amazing! I love fresh salsa or chutney on top of a protein, especially if it has been grilled.

  • Debra

    OOh, pineapple salsa. That sounds so refreshing and a nice break from traditional tomato salsa. Grilled chicken is the perfect meal on a hot summer night!

  • Theresa

    I love grilling with pineapple! Your salsa sounds like a delicious summer staple!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks so delicious. I will have to try making this on the weekend. I am always looking for new chicken recipes.

  • Yolanda

    I didn’t realize corn oil can help reduce cholesterol. Will have to give corn oil a second look. And I absolutely love pineapple salsa.

  • k

    We have a lot of chicken in the freezer and this would be a great idea for some of it. We like to grill out and always looking for new ideas… thank you!.

  • Beth@FrugalFroggie

    That chicken looks great to enjoy on a wonderful spring/summer day.

  • Ora Lee Gurr

    Thanks for the great information on Mazola Corn Oil. The pineapple salsa looks so yummy with the chicken. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Chrystal

    These are the types of meals I enjoy best. Farm fresh and light. Looks delish.

  • Sabrina

    Pineapple salsa is one of my favorite toppings for chicken and pork, this looks great!

  • Debbie Denny

    That looks spectacular. Love the salsa. Yumm.

  • Christie

    Wow, what a fabulous idea for summer! I’m a huge fan of pineapple salsa

  • Carly Brydon

    That pineapple salsa looks amazing! I bet it is so good with the grilled chicken! I can’t wait to try this recipe out this Summer!

  • Amanda O.

    The chicken and that side salad look absolutely amazing. Perfect for Memorial Day weekend!

  • Latoicha

    I just realized I have all the ingredients for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it over the Memorial Day holiday. Thanks!

  • Ronni

    Living in Vegas means it’s always grilling season! This is on my list on new recipes to make!

  • Tracey

    This recipe looks so fresh and light for summer. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Shannon Gurnee

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love grilled chicken, but haven’t tried it with pineapple salsa.