Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

07.28.2015

The simplest Hawaiian chicken kebabs made with pineapple, onion, bells peppers and the most delicious, flavor packed marinade. These kebabs are extra delicious cooked on the grill during the summer time, perfect for barbecues with salad, dips and drinks!

A close up of Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs on a white plate

I love a good 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, these kebabs are incredibly delicious!

My husband and I absolutely loved them! The only thing I may change next time around is to do 1 1/2 of the sauce (marinade) recipe so I can have more for pouring over my rice (which you could also thicken up on the stovetop with just a little bit of cornstarch if you’d like). You can never have too much sauce right?

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Chopped ingredients on a board for making Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

The Ingredients

You will love the light sweetness of these paired with the pineapple, bell pepper and red onion. And the chicken turns out perfectly flavorful and tender thanks to the simple marinade. This is a recipe I will definitely make again.

Yes threading everything onto the kebabs may take a little effort, but it’s well worth it. Plus, I love when I can cook my protein and veggie together, like so. These kebabs are a crowd pleaser, I mean who wouldn’t love them?

Raw Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs ready to be cooked

What’s In The Marinade?

There’s so much flavor in the marinade and it’s made with simple, easy to find ingredients PLUS it takes all of 5 minutes to whip up so it couldn’t be easier!

  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • pineapple juice
  • rice vinegar
  • ginger
  • garlic

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs on a white 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 whilst cooking
  • You can prepare the chicken kebabs in advance let them marinade in the fridge them bring them out when you’re ready to cook
  • If you have vegetables in your fridge that need used up then use them, zucchini and mushrooms would work well
  • This marinade would also work great with steak

A pile of Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs on a white plate

Bring on that island feel tonight and get out and grill some of these island inspired kebabs! Your taste buds will thank you.

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Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

5 from 16 votes

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs perfect served warm on a summer day! One bite of these will leave you craving more, these kebabs are incredibly delicious!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Kebabs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 -10 kebabs
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 443mg 18%
Potassium 512mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 54%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

138 comments

  • Sue: Everyone loves these kabobs! So much so that I made them twice this week…great flavor!

    Only change was I added new potatoes (pre-cooked the potatoes for 4 min. in the microwave). Delicious! September 13, 2018 at 12:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tip Sue! September 13, 2018 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Christina Solorio: This is delicious. The sauce is very good. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I will double the sauce as I didn’t have enough to put over my rice. September 4, 2018 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Elaina Jackson: Awesome recipe. I added a little honey which I thought improved the dish. Definitely helps to use lots of fresh pineapple. August 26, 2018 at 11:25am Reply

  • April Patterson: I want to bring this camping. Has anyone tried to freeze the chicken in the marinade? I’d like to do as much work ahead of time as possible. August 15, 2018 at 8:33am Reply

  • Dawn: This was fantastic! Kids and hubby said it’s a keeper. I only wish I had made more. August 9, 2018 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Melissa: Made these for a BBQ and they were a hit! My whole family was asking for the recipe! July 28, 2018 at 10:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad they were a hit! Thanks for commenting! July 28, 2018 at 11:42am Reply

  • Elise Johnson: Delicious! I shared your link for this recipe on my blog :) Thanks for posting! July 25, 2018 at 11:54am Reply

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