Pineapple and chicken kabobs are a mouthwatering combination that brings together the deliciousness of grilled chicken with the sweetness of pineapple. These kabobs are a perfect choice for a summer cookout or a flavorful weeknight dinner.
The key to creating irresistible pineapple and chicken kabobs is all in the sauce. This tangy sauce is packed with garlic, ginger, honey, and BBQ sauce to pair perfectly with the sweet pineapple.
Whether served as an appetizer, a main course, or even in a vibrant salad, pineapple and chicken kabobs are a delicious way to enjoy the best of both worlds. So fire up the grill, and enjoy these mouthwatering pineapple and chicken kabobs all summer long!
The Perfect Pineapple & Chicken Marinate
To enhance the flavours even further, marinating the chicken before grilling is essential. A marinade made with a blend of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, BBQ sauce, and honey leaves you with a tangy & sweet sauce that will carmelize perfectly on the BBQ. This marinade not only adds depth of flavour but also helps tenderize the chicken, ensuring it remains juicy during grilling. I recommend letting your chicken breasts marinate for at least 30 minutes before putting them on the grill!
Picking the Right Ingredients
Really, the issue you’ll most likely run into with ingredients is with the pineapple. You absolutely do not want a pineapple that isn’t ripe since it won’t be very sweet. The best way to tell if your pineapple is ready to eat is if you can easily pick off the leaves. Another more expensive alternative is to buy the pineapples that are already pre-cut for you (but nothing will beat a whole pineapple you cut yourself).
The second thing to consider is your chicken. For this recipe I chose to go with chicken breasts because I wanted a leaner option. If you marinate your chicken prior to cooking, you’ll still be left with a delicious and juicy piece of chicken. Alternatively, you can use chicken thighs as well, however, they will have more fat on them.
Let’s Talk Assembly
So for this recipe, you can either use wooden or metal sticks (no difference in the quality). When it comes time to assemble your skewers, you can really do what you want here. I decided to start with a piece of pepper, chicken, pineapple, then another chicken. Continue this pattern until your skewer is filled!
Pineapple & Chicken Kabobs but Different
So you made these mouth-watering pineapple and chicken kabobs, but you have left overs and want to try something different. I switched thing up by making a super easy coconut rice and making a pineapple & chicken stir fry with the ingredients from the kabobs.
This is a super easy way to take the same recipe and make a completely different meal out of it, and who doesn’t love an aesthetic looking dinner 😉
Let's Get Cooking
Pineapple & Chicken Kabobs
- 3 chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1 1/2 cup pineapple in large chunks
- 1 cup bell peppers in large chunks
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
- Begin by cutting your chicken thighs, pineapple, and peppers into chucks to add to skewers (remember to use a different knife & cutting board for chicken).
- Mix all your ingredients for your sauce into a bowl and stir until combined
- Add your chicken to a bag or bowl and pour sauce over until completely coated. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
- Remove your chicken from the bag and begin assembling your skewers, alternating between chicken, pineapple, and peppers.
- Turn the BBQ on to medium-high heat and cook for 20 minutes. rotate your skewers every few minutes so they don't burn.
- Remove from heat & serve. Enjoy!
- Save the sauce that was in your bag, and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. To thicken your sauce add 1/2 tsp of cornstratch.
- Use as extra sauce for your skewers!