Dominos Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken (Copycat)

2 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Dominos Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken Copycat made with chicken breast nuggets, mango habanero sauce, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, pineapple and jalapenos.

This Copycat Recipe is an easy quick appetizer your friends and family will love! You can make them with Homemade Chicken Nuggets or Super Crispy Chicken Tenders.

Domino's Mango Habanero Chicken Bites

Dominos Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken (Copycat)

Since we posted the Mango Habanero Sauce you’ll love this perfect crispy appetizer as you get ready for the big game!

We love using the sauce on almost any chicken appetizer but using it on this appetizer recipe like the original Domino’s fan favorite dish is a no brainer.

Lets build our recipe:

Domino's Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken Ingredients

  • First you need to arrange your chicken nuggets in a single layer touching side by side.
  • Top with Mango Habanero Sauce.
  • Top with pineapple chunks and slices of jalapeno (use as much as you can handle, the sauce has jalapenos too).
  • Top with cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken Copycat pre-cooking from Domino's

  • Place into a 400 degree oven for 13-15 minutes or until the cheese is crispy and browned and the chicken is hot and crispy.
  • Serve immediately while chicken and cheese are still hot.

More Domino’s Copycat Recipes:

Is Mango Habanero Sauce Spicy?

The Dominos version isn’t as a spicy as most Mango Habanero Sauces I’ve had in the past but it does still have a bit of a slow burn. Most of the heat in the recipe will come from the added pickled jalapenos you top the chicken with.

You are only covering the chicken with a thin enough layer of the sauce to add flavor. Adding too much will cause it to become soggy.

Can you use skinless chicken breast?

Yes! You don’t need to use breaded chicken in this recipe. We’ve tested it with grilled chicken as well. We also tried it over a grilled chicken patty that was broiled with the topping. They’re all delicious!

Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken

Substitutes for Chicken Nuggets:

  • Chicken: You can use almost any chicken in place of these chicken nuggets. You can of course just use pre-made frozen chicken nuggets too.
  • Crispy Cauliflower: Make an amazing vegetarian appetizer by tossing some Crispy Roasted Cauliflower in Mango Habanero Sauce. We also tried making this dish with crispy tempura cauliflower from Trader Joe’s (just don’t use the sauce packet it comes with) and it was delicious!
  • Meatballs: Use this Spicy Mango Sauce for your Cocktail Meatballs instead of the chili sauce and grape jelly. Add a cup of your favorite barbecue sauce to make it even more delicious. Or just swap regular Homemade Meatballs in place of the chicken nuggets in the recipe.
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Use this habanero sauce as the spread for a chicken sandwich like on the Dominos menu. Put a generous amount on ciabatta and add grilled chicken, provolone, canned pineapple chunks, and pickled jalapeños. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10-15, until golden brown and toasty.

More Appetizers for a Crowd:

  • Serve: Don’t leave chicken out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: This appetizer will stay good for 3 days in the refrigerator but the chicken will be soggy from the sauce. Store in an airtight jar or container.
  • Freeze: You can freeze for up to 6 months in a sealed container. It is best if you don’t coat with the sauce before freezing if you are meal prepping.

Domino's Spicy Chicken Jalapeno Pineapple Copycat

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Dominos Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken Copycat

Dominos Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Chicken Copycat made with chicken breast nuggets, mango habanero sauce, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, pineapple and jalapenos.
Yield 2 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 10 breaded chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10 pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple tidbits , drained well


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line chicken nuggets up in single layer touching each other on the sides.
  • Coat with mango habanero sauce.
  • Top with pineapple chunks and jalapeno slices.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes until cheese is crispy, browned and melted.


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 925mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I love a good copycat recipe and this dominos spicy jalapeno pineapple chicken will be perfect for serving at any super bowl party!