Check out this recipe for making addictive chicken pineapple kabobs if you really want to wow all of your guests at your next BBQ cookout. The recipe features a homemade pineapple marinade sauce that’s super easy to make. The marinade is so good, you might even end up using it for all of your grilling!

How to Make Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

You’ll start by making the delicious pineapple marinade sauce before preparing skewers with chicken, green bell peppers, pineapple and red onion:

  • Prepare the marinade sauce. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, canned pineapple juice, olive oil, rice vinegar, minced garlic cloves, minced ginger and sesame oil to a bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Season. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Prep the chicken. Place the chicken breast pieces in a separate bowl.
  • Add the marinade. Add half of the marinade sauce and toss to coat.
  • Wait. Allow the chicken to marinate for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the skewers. Thread the chicken, green bell pepper pieces, fresh pineapple chunks and red onion pieces onto skewers.
  • Brush. Brush each of the kebabs with olive oil.
  • Preheat the grill. Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400℉.
  • Cook. Cook the kebabs for 5 to 7 minutes on each side (or until the chicken is cooked through). As the kebabs are cooking, brush with the remaining half of the marinade sauce 2 to 3 times.
  • Serve. Serve the kebabs immediately.

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

3 Easy to Remember Tips for Grilling Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Here are 3 easy to remember tips to help make sure that you’re always grilling your chicken pineapple kabobs perfectly:

  • Double up. You should always be using either two skewers or two prong skewers when grilling to prevent the meat from sticking to the grill and makes your life easier when it comes time to flip them.
  • Don’t forget to brush. Make sure that you’re reserving about half of your homemade marinade to brush your kabobs with as they’re grilling; it helps to further enhance the flavor of the meat and veggies as they cook.
  • Keep everything the same size. This last tip is perhaps the most important – make sure that all of the ingredients on your skewer are the same size. This will ensure that everything cooks evenly so you don’t end up burning anything or accidentally ending up with one item that’s undercooked.

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

How to Store Leftover Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

You’ll be able to store any leftover chicken pineapple kabobs in the fridge for up to 4 days as long as they’re sealed up tightly inside of an airtight container. Just make sure to allow them to cool off completely before storing them.

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

(Also try: Hawaiian Pineapple Pizza)

Addictive (And Easy) Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 4


For the marinade:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup canned pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing grill
  • 5 tsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the kebabs:

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 cubes
  • 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 large green peppers, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • To make the marinade, in a bowl combine all the ingredient and mix well.
  • Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Place the chicken in another bowl. 
  • Add half of the marinade and toss to coat. 
  • Let sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Thread the chicken, bell pepper, pineapple and onion onto skewers. 
  • Brush the kebabs with olive oil. 
  • Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400°F.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Brush with remaining marinade 2-3 times during cooking. 
  • Serve immediately.
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Emma Kelly

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