Summer is zipping by so fast, too fast! I have been trying to up my grilling game by making some new recipes. These Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs are my favorite so far! MAN, they were FANTASTIC!
So much flavor, easy to prepare and fresh pineapple which is always a win for me!
Look how pretty they are… the marinade makes such a sweet sticky sauce, so amazing!
What you need,
For the marinade,
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1½ tbsp. rice vinegar
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger (I love fresh ginger a lot, so I probably added 1½ tbsp.)
¼ tsp. black pepper
For the kebabs,
1 lb. chicken breast or thighs cubed into 2-inch cubes
3 cups fresh pineapple cubed into 2-inch cubes
1 large red pepper cut into 2-inch pieces
1 red onion cut into 2-inch pieces
In a medium bowl whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and black pepper.
Place the cubed chicken in a large zip top bag and pour over half the marinade. Rub the marinade well all over the chicken and stash it in the fridge for at least an hour and up to 4 hours.
Meanwhile you can slice up the fresh pineapple cubes, the red pepper and the onion.
When you are ready to make the kebabs use wooden skewers or metal (if you use wooden make you soak them in water for an hour or so, that way they won’t burn on the grill)
Alternate the onion, peppers, chicken and pineapple onto each skewer.
I like the pineapple, so I really loaded that on!
When you are ready to cook heat your grill to medium high heat.
Cook the kebabs for about 4 minutes on one side. Flip and baste the cooked side with some of the reserved marinade. Then cook the second side for about 4 more minutes, then flip and baste that side.
Cook for 2 more minutes on each side, basting each time you flip. They should get sticky and brown and wonderful.
Carefully remove the skewers from the grill and serve over rice.
I have to say that these might be the BEST kebabs I have ever had! Everything cooked up perfectly and because everything was cut to the same size it was evenly cooked.
The sauce on these kebabs is amazing! Super flavorful, and full of sweet and sour and spice. I will be making these again for sure!
They were a hit in my house!
Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Classy