Not all fathers want to have dinner out on their special day. Some prefer a quiet Father’s Day at home surrounded by family and topped off with barbecue or a home-cooked meal.

Father’s Day isn’t the only thing late spring is known for. Hawaiian luaus are popular this time of year. So, if you’re trying to think of a new idea for Dad’s dinner on Sunday, you could combine the two and show him how much you care.

This Hawaiian chicken recipe would make the perfect start for your tropical-themed meal. You use an oven to make the main dish, so if there’s rain, your dinner isn’t ruined.

You may want to add a fruit salad, Hawaiian potato salad (combining potatoes and pasta shells), corn on the cob and, perhaps, a coconut cake for dessert. You can top it off with lemonade or Dad’s favorite drink, and he’ll have a home-cooked meal he’ll remember forever!


1 (3-pound) chicken, cut in pieces

1 /2 of a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup chopped onion, chopped

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Wash the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside.

To make the sauce, combine remaining ingredients and cook 5 minutes.

Place the chicken (skin side up) in a shallow pan or baking dish. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until juices run clear.

Note: You can also use 8 of your favorite chicken parts instead of a whole chicken if you prefer all thighs, drumsticks, wings or breast tenderloins. However, you may want to adjust your baking time down if you use wings or breast meat as they take less time to cook.


8 ounces shell macaroni

4-5 medium potatoes

1/3 jar of Hellman’s mayonnaise

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 cup Colby or cheddar cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

Boil and drain shells; cool. Boil potatoes in skins until tender, peel skins and cut into small chunks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine shells and cooled potatoes in medium size bowl.

Mix in 1/3 jar of mayonnaise. Add onions, shredded cheese and salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

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