Hey guys! Elizabeth here from The College Housewife! Coming to you today with one of my favorite summertime grilling recipes: Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers. During the summer we love to hit up as many street and county fairs as we can. One of my all-time favorite fair foods is an epic pineapple chicken bowl. They’re usually made up of saucy, flavorful grilled chicken and juicy pineapple chunks served up on a skewer or with a bowl of jasmine rice. It’s a summer staple that I knew I would need to bring home with me.
How do you make grilled pineapple chicken skewers?
Start out by whipping up a quick and easy Asian-bbq flavored marinade. For this marinade, I used fresh ginger, garlic, bbq sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. I love to save a third of this mixture or so to use as a dipping sauce for the skewers.
Toss the marinade with cubed chicken and marinate overnight or for 1-2 hours.
Once your chicken is marinated skewer even layers of pineapple chunks and cubed chicken.
Heat your grill on medium-high and grill up for 2-3 minutes on each side.
What’s the best way to cut a pineapple?
I love using FRESH pineapple with this recipe! Cutting a pineapple can be a bit tricky and always leaves me wasting a bit of the fruit trying to get all the husk off. When I came across GoodCook’s Pineapple Slicer I thought it would be too good to be true. This gadget cores and slices the pineapple without damaging any of the outer husk. Once you have your pineapple center is out you are left with the coolest beverage container and tons of fresh juice.
Picking the perfect pineapple:
Picking a great pineapple can be tricky! I always follow these 3 simple rules to know I’m coming home with the gold.
- Color: Look for a pineapple that is mostly golden in color and less green. These are always more ripe.
- Smell: Give the pineapple a quick smell. If the pineapple has a sweet scent to it, this means it’s ready to go.
- Lucky Leaf: Pull out a green leaf from the head of the pineapple. If it releases easily, this means the pineapple is ready.
How long should I soak my skewers for?
Soaking your wooden skewers is a key step for grilled pineapple chicken skewers. Without the soak time, your skewers will easily burn and compromise your chicken and pineapple. To prevent this, soak your skewers in water for 30-60 minutes with a heavy object (I just use a plate) on top of them to prevent them from floating.
What can I serve with grilled pineapple chicken skewers?
I can literally eat these skewers right off the grill handheld but they work so well in a complete meal.
- Rice Bowls: Pile the skewers on top of some jasmine rice and extra sauce for a tasty bowl. Be sure to drizzle everything with the leftover marinade before serving. Extra points for serving this up right into a cored pineapple boat!
- Salad Topper: For a lighter option: top of an asian inspired salad with these skewers for a light and flavorful meal.
- Asian Inspired Taco: I love a good fusion flavored taco and these are the perfect starting off point. Fill your skewer meat and pineapple into a tortilla and top off with your favorite fruity salsa.
Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers
- 2 Lbs of boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
- 4 Cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 Cup of barbecue sauce
- 1/2 Cup of teriyaki sauce
- 1 Teaspoon of sesame oil
- 2 Teaspoons of red pepper flakes
- 2-3 Cups of pineapple chunks
Core and cut pineapple into chunks and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together ginger, garlic, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and pineapple juice. Reserve ½ Cup of sauce for dipping.
In a large bowl toss together chicken chunks with remainder of marinade and marinate for 1-2 hours.
Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling. Skewer even amounts of chicken and pineapple chunks onto wooden skewers. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.