The Best Air Fryer Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice

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My Favorite Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut Rice

Today’s air fryer recipe is one of my personal favorites. I have loved making this Hawaiian chicken on the grill, long before I had an air fryer. I am thrilled to share with you how to make Hawaiian chicken recipes in the air fryer. Of course, you can never get the “fresh off the grill taste” with your air fryer, but you are going to love the tenderness of the chicken all the same. Plus, the vegetables, pineapple, and coconut rice add so much delicious flavor to chicken that you will probably make this recipe again and again and again.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Hawaiian Chicken

You will be surprised how flavorful this recipe is with just the few ingredients needed. Furthermore, you’ll be surprised to discover that you probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen pantry. To make the best Hawaiian chicken, you will need:

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch green onion
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 can coconut milk

You will also enjoy this recipe with:

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced on the diagonal
  • ½ pineapple sliced

But if you are in a hurry you can omit these ingredients and serve the chicken without it and it will still taste amazing!

How to Prepare Chicken Thighs for the Air Fryer

If you buy chicken thighs with the skin and bone still on it, then you will need to deskin and debone the chicken. To take the bone out of the chicken thighs, flip the chicken over on the skin. Then, with a knife, cut along the bone. After, pull the bone away from you until it detaches from the chicken. You may need to cut more to complete this.

How to Make Air Fryer Hawaiian Chicken

Once the chicken is prepared, be sure to also prepare your vegetables and pineapple.

Then, in a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, oil, and coconut milk. Remove 1 cup of the marinade for the vegetables.

Next, place the chicken and the vegetables/pineapple in their respective marinades for at least 1 hour. You can marinate overnight and up to 24 hours.

Once you are ready to air fry the chicken, lightly spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil and place the chicken inside. Cook at 380°F/190°C for 16 minutes. At the halfway point, flip the chicken oven and add half of the vegetables. Once finished, the chicken will register at 165°F/74°C with an instant read thermometer.

How to Make the Best Coconut Rice

You will adore this recipe with coconut rice. If you have never tried or made coconut rice, do not fear! It is incredibly easy and will probably be the only way you will ever want to make rice again. Honestly, this is my favorite type of rice next to cilantro lime rice.

To make coconut rice, you will first need:

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Then, on the stovetop, boil the coconut milk and water, add the salt and rice. Stir together and turn the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Remove from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Coconut rice option #2: You can also make coconut rice by using a 1:1:1 ratio. For every cup of rice you want, use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of coconut milk. This is an easy formula that you won’t forget! Combine everything together in a pan and cook on medium-low heat until the rice has absorbed the water and coconut milk.

Final Thoughts

You are going to fall in love with this recipe as I have! This coconut infused chicken with pineapple, bell pepper, and zucchini is a flavorful recipe that will become your next favorite recipe this summer. Be sure to also try this recipe one time on the grill! (View the grilling instructions here.) Share with us which version you preferred: air fryer or on the grill?

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The Best Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice in the Air Fryer

Air fryer Hawaiian chicken is the best and our most favorite summer air fryer recipe. With bold, juicy flavors, you will love this recipe too!
3.5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Serves: 4 people
Adjust Servings: 4 people

Equipment

Ingredients

Hawaiian Chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ bunch green onions sliced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 can coconut milk 13.6 oz can

Vegetables & Pineapple

  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 zucchini sliced on the diagonal
  • ½ pineapple sliced

Coconut Rice

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Trim the chicken and prepare the vegetables and pineapple.
  • In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, green onions, garlic, oil, and coconut milk.
  • Remove 1 cup of the marinade for the vegetables.
  • Place the chicken and the vegetables/pineapple in their respective marinades for at least 1 hour. You can marinate overnight and up to 24 hours.
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, start with your rice. For the coconut rice: On the stovetop, boil the coconut milk and water, add the salt and rice. Stir together and turn the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Remove from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • For the chicken: Lightly spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil and place half of the chicken inside.
  • Cook at 380°F/190°C for 16 minutes.
  • At the halfway point, flip the chicken over and add half of the vegetables.
  • Once finished, the chicken will register at 165°F/74°C with an instant read thermometer. Repeat for the remaining chicken and vegetables. (If your air fryer has room to hold everything in one batch, go for it! Just don't overcrowd the air fryer basket).
  • Serve with coconut rice.

Freezer Meal Instructions:

  • Place the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag, shake to combine. Add the pineapple, vegetables, and chicken. Place flat in the freezer.
  • Pull out the night before and place it in a bowl in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t leak in the fridge. When you are ready to cook in the air fryer, dump out the marinade in a bowl through a strainer. Then place the chicken, vegetables, and pineapple in the air fryer basket and cook for 16 minutes at 380°F/190°C, flip at the halfway point.

Nutrition

Calories: 1788kcal | Carbohydrates: 156g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 99g | Sodium: 4136mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 68g

Ingredients: Bell Pepper, Brown Sugar, Chicken, Coconut Milk, Garlic, Kosher Salt, Pineapple, Rice, Salt, Sesame Oil, Water, Zucchini
Meal Type: Main Dish, Popular, Easter, Fall, Spring, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free
Categories: BBQ, Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

    Trying this tonight! Couple of questions 🙂
    1) how much green onion?
    2) when to add the other half of the veggies?
    Thanks! Marinade smells great!! I used swerve brown sugar, so I’m hoping it works!

      Hi Carole! Thanks for your questions! For the green onions, use about 1/2 a bunch and slice them up. For the veggies, you’ll actually want to cook this recipe in two batches. So, cook half your chicken with the half of the veggies and then add the other half of the veggies with the other half of the chicken. Of course, if you are able to cook everything in one batch without overcrowding the air fryer basket, then go for it.
      Sorry for the late response, did you end up making this recipe? How did it turn out for you? Thanks again for your questions, I added these things to the recipe card.

    4 stars
    Would have given it 5 stars but it was dry no sauce. Can you warm up marinade and serve it after chicken is cooked?

      Of course! I would use the leftover marinade from the vegetables, that way there won’t be any raw chicken in it. You can also use the marinade from the chicken, but be sure to bring it to roiling boil. Foodborne bacteria die at 165F (75C). If you try this one again, let me know how that works.

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