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Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kebabs
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Savory-sweet and perfectly charred, these grilled pineapple chicken kebabs are made with marinated chicken and pineapple, bell peppers, and red onions. This post was created in partnership with Farmer Focus.
Recipe Type: Dinner
Keyword: grilled pineapple chicken
Makes: 8 servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
  • 2 packages Farmer Focus Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 whole pineapple or 6 cups cubed
  • 2 red bell peppers, or a mix of spicy and sweet peppers, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into eighths
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
To Serve
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges
  1. Working the night before or at least four hours ahead, salt the chicken on both sides and cut each thigh into 3 rough strips (enough to fold over on a skewer).
  2. To break down the pineapple, slice the top and bottom off of the pineapple and use downward strokes to cut away the prickly sides. Halve the pineapple lengthwise, cut out the core, cut the two halves into 3/4-inch thick fan-shaped slices, and then cut those slices into thirds so you have rough 2-inch wide pieces of pineapple.
  3. Get your skewers ready and thread 2 slices of red onion, a slice of red pepper, pineapple, chicken, and then pineapple. Continue until the skewer has an inch of room on either side. Take care that each piece of chicken is surrounded on both sides by pineapple.
  4. In a large jar, mix to combine the marinade ingredients.
  5. Carefully lower several skewers into 2 - 3 zip-top bags or arrange in a large plastic container. If using the bags, divide 1 cup of the marinade between the bags. If using a container, pour 1 cup marinade over the skewers. Set marinating skewers in the fridge and reserve the remaining marinade.
  6. The next day, prepare a hot grill . Bank the hot coals to one side to create zones of direct and indirect heat.
  7. Pour half of the remaining marinade in a small jar and set out a brush.
  8. Set 5 or 6 skewers over high heat. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes per side, or until the edges of the chicken and veggies are nicely charred. Carefully brush the seared side with marinade. Move cooked skewers over indirect heat and set another batch over direct heat. When all the skewers have been seared on both sides, cover the grill and cook for 5 minutes more or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the chicken reads 165 degrees F.
  9. Top cooked kebabs with green onions and serve with sticky short grain rice, reserved marinade, and a lime wedge.