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Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

The flavor combination in these Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs is perfect for Summer grilling. They’re not only delicious, but the vibrant colors make them a feast for the eyes, too.
Sweet And Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Easy Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs Recipe

Grilling is a year around sport at our house. We often stand outside in the dead of winter to grill steaks, fajitas, chicken, pizza, ribs, you name it, we love our grill! Are you with me? It’s not only better for you, but the food takes on such a pleasing flavor, doesn’t it? We could go on all day about gas grilling versus charcoal and I have to say either way, I consider it  win. While gas is cleaner, charcoal lends a flavor to food that’s irreplaceable.
Sweet And Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

How to Make the Best Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs: Boneless skinless chicken, fresh pineapple chunks, green and red bell peppers and red onion. You’ll also need 6 bamboo skewers soaked in water or metal skewers.
  • For the marinade you’ll need: Pineapple juice, olive oil, teriyaki sauce, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, minced ginger or ginger powder, minced shallots or red onion plus salt and black pepper to taste. This is the best chicken marinade and can be used for whole chicken pieces, too.
  • For the simple glaze you’ll need: red pepper jelly thinned with pineapple juice.
  • To assemble these sweet and spicy kabobs, you’ll thread chunks of fresh pineapple, crunchy bell peppers and onions and tender marinated chicken chunks onto skewers. They’re grilled on all sides for about 2 minutes per turn. Allow them stand time after grilling to rest for a tender result.
  • This recipe works equally well with pork chunks in the same amount. The cooking time may need a slight adjustment but not a lot. As always, it depends on the size of the pork pieces.
  • Either way, when brushed with an easy spicy pineapple glaze you’ve got a winning flavor combination.
  • I like to serve these kabobs with a simple rice pilaf, and a steamed veggie or salad to round out our meal.
  • Store leftover chicken kabobs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, reheat gently in the microwave.
  • For dessert, grilled pineapple kabobs and cookie bowls filled with macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream and top it all off with a glorious drizzle of caramel and it’s practically a staycation.
  • You may also like this recipe for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Kabobs from Barefeet in the Kitchen.

Sweet And Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

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Sweet And Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet-spicy-pineapple-chicken -kabobs
Servings: 6 kabobs
Calories: 521kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks
  • Marinade:
  • 1 8 oz can pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion/shallots
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Kabobs:
  • 1 large green pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion cut into quarters
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple cut into 1/2-3/4 inch chunks
  • 6 bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water or metal skewers
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • Glaze: (Slightly warmed)
  • 1 10 oz jar red pepper jelly
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice


  • To prepare the marinade: Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour into a large plastic storage bag. Add the chicken chinks and place into the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • To prepare the kabobs: Remove the chicken from the marinade. Thread onto skewers alternating the peppers, chicken, pineapple and onion chunks onto the skewers. Season everything lightly with salt and pepper.
  • To grill: Oil grill grates and preheat grill to medium-high heat. Cook the kabobs rotating as needed so they will cook evenly. About 2-3 minutes on all sides. The kabobs should char, but, not burn.
  • In the last 2 minutes of grilling, reduce the grill temperature to medium and begin to baste the kabobs with the spicy pineapple glaze until lightly charred
  • Serve over rice pilaf.


  • When cutting the chicken, make a special effort to cut the pieces into similar sizes so the pieces will cook evenly.
  • It will take the kabobs around 12-16 minutes in total cooking time depending on the size of the chicken pieces.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. My son is home from the wars overseas and loves sesame chicken from peking. I can’t wait to try these for him (and me)to try.I do love my grill too and this looks and sounds delicious.Thanks Lady!

  2. Can’t wait to give these a try, always looking for more to do with chicken!! Thanks for this wonderful idea!!

  3. Hi Cherie! That makes my day, so happy you and your family enjoyed these kabobs. They’re a Summer favorite at our house, and I’m happy to share. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Melissa

  4. I made these for Sunday dinner for the fam, OMG they were awesome!!! Thanks sooo much for posting and sharing this recipe. Perfect summer light meal!!!!!! And sooo easy to make! Love, love, love em!

  5. Hi Debbie, you are so welcome, and kabobs just taste like Summer to me! 🙂 I have made these for years for my family, and it was one of the first recipes I posted last Summer. I hope you love them as much as we do!! Enjoy!!

  6. these look delicious, thanks a bunch for this one, i really never know how to fix kabobs, we tried at the beach, the meat was good, we had marinated it, but we didn’t know what to do with the vegetables, so they were bland.

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