Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich

We made these chicken sandwiches the other night and my husband wanted the privilege of naming them. He kept calling them “Big Kahuna Sandwiches” while he was grilling them and insisted that be the official name. So that is what we are calling them – Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches. We wanted to spice up our usual chicken teriyaki sandwiches by adding some deli ham and Pepper Jack cheese. I don’t think we will ever go back to making them the old way again. These were a huge hit!

Big Kahuna Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

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  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Teriyaki sauce (we used Lawry's brand)
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 1 can sliced pineapple (or you can use fresh which would be even better)
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 large hamburger buns


  • Pound chicken breasts until they are about 1/4" thick all around. Place in a large Ziploc bag. Combine Teriyaki sauce and brown sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 of the mixture to the bag with the chicken and seal tightly. Place bag in refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours. Separate remaining Teriyaki mixture into 2 separate bowls (to prevent cross contamination use 2 separate brushes too)-- one for the pineapple, one for the chicken. Open pineapple can and save a little of the juice in a bowl. Place chicken and pineapple on the grill (medium heat).
  • Brush with Teriyaki sauce every few minutes until chicken and pineapple are done-- try to only flip the chicken and pineapple once. Either on the grill or in a frying pan, cook ham with a little of the pineapple juice until it becomes nice and hot. Slice open hamburger buns and place a piece of cooked chicken on each bottom bun. Top with cheese, ham, grilled pineapple, and bun top. Serve immediately with remaining grilled pineapple.


  1. Kerilee Law says:

    I'm so excited to try this, I think I just peed a little. 😉

  2. Julie says:

    These look just amazing! I didn't quite pee, but I love it just the same!

  3. Brooke Trogdon says:

    Thank you for sharing all of these recipes! I am going to make this Saturday for company! Keep up the good work you are inspiring a not so good cook. You make me look good!

  4. Chandani says:

    Mouthwatering and yummy.

  5. The Christensen's says:

    I just made these for dinner tonight and my husband and I agreed they were fabulous! Thanks for the recipe. I've tried a couple of times to copy and paste your recipes in to a word document so I can have the recipe in the kitchen when I cook and it always gives me an error. Do you know why this would be? It hasn't happened on any other food blogs that I have tried. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  6. Erica says:

    @ Christensens:

    I haven't had any other complaints about the words not being able to copy over. I know my family copies and pastes into Word and they haven't had issues. I will look into it more and let you know if I find anything out

  7. The Christensen's says:

    It's probably just my stupid computer – don't worry about it. Thanks!

  8. Ryan & Sydne says:

    Any suggestions for sides to serve these with?

  9. Ryan & Sydne says:

    Any suggestions for sides to serve these with?

  10. Erica says:

    I would say sweet potato fries or if you want to make it truly Hawaiian, serve with plain rice!

  11. Cathy says:

    Like it

  12. Stephanie says:

    Made this tonight for supper but with bacon instead of ham and no bread. It was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Lindsey Bryant says:

    Made this a few nights ago and it was amazing! But I used Hawaiian sweet hamburger buns and added added little Dijon mustard. It really was incredible.

  14. Linda Hansen says:

    OMG these were wonderful!!

  15. bonnie says:

    Can’t wait to try this !!!

  16. lori says:

    Trying these tonight. Sounds so yummy. Can’t wait. 🙂

  17. Dani says:

    We just made these for dinner. Oh my goodness! So delicious. I’m so happy to have found this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. I followed the directions exactly, the only thing I did differently was to throw these puppies onto King’s Sweet Hawaiin buns. Can’t wait to make them over and over and over again, and knock the socks off any person who happens to be lucky enough to come over when we make them.

    • Erica says:

      So glad that you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to comment 😀

  18. lori says:

    Have made these several times already. Making again tonight. These sandwiches are roll around in on the floor yummy! I make my own teriyaki sauce and don’t even use ham. Sooo good. Thanks for sharing. <3

  19. Eloina says:

    These sandwiches made me and my man a hit at our bbq! So delicious! We used Kikoman garlic and green onion teriyaki sauce…delicious!

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