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Broiled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple-Cucumber Salad

Quick-cooking chicken thighs are a great value and full of flavor. Just add a bright, cool salad.

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  • Servings: 4
Broiled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple-Cucumber Salad

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, May 2012


  • 2 tablespoons grated lime zest, plus 3 tablespoons lime juice (from 3 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 pineapple, chopped (4 cups)
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch slices (3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Heat broiler, with rack 4 inches from heat. Combine lime zest, chili powder, and 2 teaspoons salt. On a rimmed baking sheet, rub chicken all over with mixture. Turn skin side down.

  2. Broil chicken 5 minutes. Flip and broil until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine lime juice, pineapple, cucumber, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken with salad.

Cook's Note

Shopping Tip
Chicken thighs are cheaper than breasts. When you spot a sale, buy extra and freeze them, wrapped, up to 9 months.

Reviews (9)

  • ladytiffany 24 May, 2014

    I loved this recipe and it was quite easy. I accidentally chopped the cilantro up, which you shouldn't do, so it was well seasoned with cilantro. I wouldn't recommend this. But the salad was still nice and I will make this again, for sure.

  • Lynnette3 10 Feb, 2014

    Thanks, for such a great recipe! Every one at the table just loved it! I wasn't sure about the salad, pineapple and cucumber, but the picky eater at my table also really enjoyed the salad. I know you use gas stoves in all your presentation which I know is a lot faster than your conventional stoves. Since I don't have the luxury of a gas stove, how much longer do I need to cook my chicken; when it's on broil.
    Thanks so much for all the recipes you send. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Bach5 13 Nov, 2013

    Thank for the great tip "aguipa", I'll try it! Also found a great roasted chicken recipe on my new smart phone app called "meals4me". It's giving me all of these new breakfast, lunch , and dinner recipes for better variety and so far its been great! Enjoy

  • aguipa 8 Nov, 2013

    I have already reviewed this recipe. I was unhappy that I had produced chicken that was burned on the outside raw on the inside. I think Martha has gas broilers while I have electric. That said, my solution is this: roast, skin side down for 20 minutes, turn and roast skin side up for 10 minutes, cook under the broiler until desired color is achieved. Love the salad and now I love the chicken.

  • Bach5 3 Nov, 2013

    "aguipa" I actually agree. I have used many of Martha's recipes in the past and love them, that being said the chicken in this recipe just didn't seem to work right! I've been trying to expand my dinner options with lean protein and I thought this would be great for dinner one night but I would have to change the recipe on this before doing it again! Maybe there is an easy way to fix the problem, any suggestions?

  • aguipa 16 Oct, 2013

    I have a rule about making a recipe as closely as possible to the original to mimic what the cook had in mind. That is what I did with this recipe. The salad was a knock out. So good. The chicken not so much. I timed the chicken as the recipe specified which left the rub burned black with the chicken not quite done. The distance between the heat and the rack was 4" just as called for. I don't know what I did wrong but this has confirmed for me that chicken should be roasted but never broiled.

  • lisa weston 29 Apr, 2013

    oh my heavens!! this was so flavorful!! my husband and i were dragging our chicken through the seasonings in the pan!! the salad was the perfect side dish - light and just the right blend of flavors. i will be making this again and again!

  • mjashby 3 Jun, 2012

    Great summer dinner. The cucumber pineapple salad is amazing!

  • eMerlin2 20 May, 2012

    Another great recipe. It's simple and refreshing.

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