Upside Down Pineapple Chicken Thighs recipe is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy!

Upside Down Pineapple Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

A delicious chicken thigh recipe made with a sweet and spicy glaze. This one skillet dinner is not only easy but the flavor will blow you away!



  • 2 1/2 lbs. chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons flour mixed with pan drippings plus 1 more tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (you can use the reserved juice from the can of pineapple)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, drained reserving juice
  • 1 cup peppadew peppers


  1. Melt the oil and butter over medium high heat.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture, shaking off the excess, then add the chicken thighs skin side down for 5-8 minutes or until the skin is golden brown. Flip the thighs over and brown for another 5 minutes, then remove from the skillet to a plate.
  3. Add the additional tablespoon of butter to the skillet and the pan drippings. Once melted sprinkle in the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook the flour mixture for a minute then slowly pour in the chicken broth while whisking.
  4. Whisk in the pineapple juice, soy sauce and brown sugar then let come to a boil to thicken. Once the gravy comes to a boil turn the heat down to a simmer.
  5. Simmer the gravy for 5 minutes until thickened then add in the pineapple chunks and peppers.
  6. Add the thighs back to the skillet, skin side up, along with any drippings from the plate. Make sure you get the thighs down into the gravy, then spoon some of the gravy on top before you cover with the lid.
  7. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the chicken thighs to a serving platter, pour the gravy over the top of the chicken and serve.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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