Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

June 15, 2019

Super satisfying Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs made with bright pineapple, red onion, bell pepper and the most delicious flavor packed, marinated chicken. After soaking up the seasoning of the marinade they’re perfectly grilled for a light char to get that final flavor enhancement.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs on a white platter.

A Must Try Kebab Recipe!

I first shared these four years ago but every summer they’re still a reader favorite so I decided to re-share them in case you’ve been missing out. Have you tried them yet?

I mean who doesn’t love a tasty kebab recipe? And what better entree to serve on a warm summer day than these Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs? One bite of these will leave you craving more!

You will love the light sweetness and bright tang here paired with the pineapple, bell pepper and red onion. And the chicken turns out perfectly flavorful and tender thanks to the simple marinade.

Threading everything onto the kebabs may take a little effort, but it’s well worth it! These are so fun for summer parties or an exciting island inspired weekend dinner.

It’s a flavorful chicken dinner to switch things up and one the whole family can agree on!

Chicken Skewers Ingredients

Ingredients for Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Marinade:

  • Ketchup
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Pineapple juice
  • Olive oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Sesame oil

Skewer Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Bell pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Red onion

Pineapple red onion and bell pepper pieces on a wooden cutting board.

How to Make Hawaiian Chicken Skewers

  • Stir together marinade ingredients: in a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add marinade to chicken, rest: place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in refrigerator then pour remaining marinade over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400°F (200°C).
  • Toss fruit and veggies with oil and season: drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil over red onion, bell pepper and pineapple and toss, season with salt and pepper.
  • Thread ingredients onto skewers: thread red onion, bell pepper, pineapple and chicken onto skewers until all of the chicken has been used.
  • Cook through on grill: grill chicken on oiled grill grates 5 minutes then brush along tops with 1/4 cup of remaining marinade. Rotate to opposite side and brush remaining 1/4 cup of marinade on opposite side.
  • Allow to grill about 4 minutes longer, or until chicken registers 165°F (75°C) in center on an instant read thermometer.

Chicken skewers with bell pepper red onion and pineapple. Shown before cooking.

Can I Bake them Instead of Grilling?

Some readers have mentioned they’ve had success baking these as well (I haven’t yet tried myself because I love this grilled version). 400 degrees on well greased baking sheet about 15 – 20 minutes, rotating occasionally.

What Sides Should I Serve with These?

Can I Make Extra Sauce for Rice?

Yes if you’d like some sauce to pair with a side of white rice then you can make 1 1/2 the marinade recipe then reserve 1/3 of it for topping. Thicken it with a teaspoon or two of cornstarch mixed with equal parts water in a saucepan, bring to a simmer.

You can never have too much sauce right?

 

 

Marinated hawaiian chicken skewers on a white serving plate.

Tips and Variations – How To Make The Best Chicken Kebabs

  • If using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in cold water for at least 1 hour before using so they don’t burn while cooking.
  • You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts they’ll just need to cook a bit longer, and reduce grill temperature as needed so they don’t burn.
  • For best results don’t use canned pineapple in place of fresh. The flavor isn’t near as good and the canned cubes aren’t very large.
  • Don’t forget to baste while grilling so they don’t dry out. This will also add extra flavor.

Stack of chicken skewers on a plate.

More Delicious Skewers Recipes To Try:

 

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

5 from 20 votes

Chicken pieces are soaked in a simple, flavorful, sweet and tangy marinade then threaded onto skewers along with fresh pineapple and colorful peppers and onions. Amazingly delicious and the perfect summertime dinner! 

Servings: 9 -10 kebabs
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil , divided, plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced (4 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 lb boneless , skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 large green peppers , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir in 3/4 tsp pepper and season with salt if desired.

  2.  Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in refrigerator then pour remaining marinade over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate 1 hour (meanwhile soak 10 wooden skewer sticks in water for 1 hour).
  3. Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400°F (200°C). Meanwhile, drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over red onion, bell pepper and pineapple and toss. Season red onion and bell pepper with salt and pepper, then thread red onion, bell pepper, pineapple and chicken onto skewers until all of the chicken has been used. 

  4. Brush grill grates with olive oil then place skewers on grill. Grill 5 minutes then brush along tops with 1/4 cup of remaining marinade. Rotate to opposite side and brush remaining 1/4 cup of marinade on opposite side. 

  5. Allow to grill about 4 minutes longer, or until chicken registers 165°F (75°C) in center on an instant read thermometer. Serve warm.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 443mg19%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 44.6mg54%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Kebabs, Kebabs
Author: Jaclyn