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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs With Pineapple

Today was a bit of a shit show. Sometimes good intentions turn into total forehead slappers. Like when you clean out your computer and accidentally delete the original photos of a recipe that you hadn’t yet saved to your desktop from Lightroom… failing to realize it until you’ve already cleared out the ol’ trash bin.

Aaaaaaaand they’re gone.

I had quite a few alluring photos of this dish. But now you only get these three.

This is fine. Everything is fine.

Normally I’d let myself spiral into a fit of anxiety, but since I *just* touched on the importance of self-care and being kinder to ourselves in this blog post, I’m determined to train myself to be more chill. So, I walked away from my laptop. I lifted weights, I ate PB-slathered toast, I pet my cat, and I did a fun thing to my hair.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs With Pineapple.

Kebabs. Kabobs. Skewers. This kind of recipe is a Search Engine Optimization nightmare. So if you’re here, I’m glad you found me and I hope you fall in love with this mouthwatering recipe as hard as I did.

I’m obsessing over kebabs this summer, thanks to these salmon kebabs with chimichurri. There’s just something fun about threading your protein and your fave veggies onto a stick and grilling them in harmony as you slather’em with some sort of finger-licking sauce.

For this recipe, teriyaki sauce seemed appropriate.

Teriyaki, chicken, and pineapple go together so so well, and picking a few veggies to go along with them was pretty easy. You can get creative and choose your own, but we opted for red and orange bell peppers with scallions. Red and orange bells are sweeter than their green counterparts, so they play really well with the sweetness of the warm pineapple and teriyaki sauce. You can use red onions instead of scallions, but I love scallions in anything with an East Asian influence.

I say East Asian influence because teriyaki sauce, though often associated with Japan by Americans, isn’t a traditional Japanese sauce. It’s said that this good stuff originated in Hawaii by Japanese immigrants—which explains why we often see teriyaki paired up with pineapple! (And hey, a big thank you for that.)

You can use store-bought teriyaki, but I do recommend making your own if you have the time; creating it from scratch lets you control the amount of sodium and sugar in the mix.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme! I love seeing your creations, and you could be featured in my monthly newsletter <3

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs With Pineapple

These easy Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs With Pineapple are easy enough for a weeknight, and delicious enough to celebrate the weekend. 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 bell peppers (red, orange, or yellow), cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 bunch of scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces (green parts only; save the white parts for later).

Garnishes.

  • Sesame seeds
  • Reserved white ends of scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your grill to high heat.

  2. Place your chunks of chicken into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour about 1/4 cup of Teriyaki sauce over the, as well as the pineapple juice. (If you buy one of those pre-cored pineapples, there's often some juice at the bottom of the container. Use that. Or, buy pineapple juice. You can also sub-in orange juice if necessary.) Toss the chicken to coat it. If you feel you need a bit more Teriyaki sauce, drizzle another TBSP or two over the chicken and toss to coat, until you're satisfied; set this aside while you prep and cut your veggies and pineapple.

  3. When your veggies are ready, start threading the skewers by alternating veggies, pineapple, and chicken pieces.

  4. Place the kebabs in a baking dish and prepare a small bowl of the rest of the Teriyaki sauce. Bring it all to the grill and place the kebabs onto the grill carefully. Cook, and use tongs to turn occasionally turn the skewers. Once the meat is cooked on the outside, you can start brushing the kebabs with the extra Teriyaki  sauce. Use as much or as little as you want. Do this until the chicken is cooked through—about 15 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, make sure the chicken is at an internal temperature of 165° F.

  5. Garnish the kebabs with sesame seeds, the fresh chopped herbs, and or the thinly sliced white ends of the scallions. You can eat these on their own or as a side; we enjoyed them over coconut lime rice :)

Recipe Notes

  1. IMPORTANT: If you're using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak them a few hours before grill time (or go by the instructed soaking time on the packaging). If you don't, they'll burn and possibly catch fire. (Yikes!)
  2. In this recipe, I tell you to cut the meat and veggies into "bite-sized chunks". Aim for about 1" x 1" pieces.
  3. There's no need to marinate the meat, since marinating doesn't actually penetrate into most meats, so it's a waste of time. But if you can't let go of the idea of marinating, go ahead.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Debra
    August 19, 2018 at 8:57 pm Those photos are gorgeous....beyond "good enough" so definitely give yourself a break. It's all good....and I just love kebabs so this is an awesome recipe. I have stayed away from grilling pineapple, sounds messy, but this looks so appetizing, I'm going to try it out. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • Reply
    Annemarie
    August 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm You may have lost most of your pictures, but the ones you have are so pretty! Before I even read your woes I was saying oooh, looks yummy. :) And I love your flavor combination of the chicken and pineapple with teriyaki. I'm always happy for easy and flavorful. (and not heating up the house in the summer!)
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    Jennifer Bigler
    August 17, 2018 at 11:48 pm I feel your SEO pain and I am so sorry about the pics. That is the worst! Kebabs are a favorite of ours and so easy. They are perfect for big gatherings and I love teriyaki with pineapple. Perfect flavors! I have never made my own sauce though. I will be serving these at our next bbq.
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    Carmy
    August 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm Girl, I FEEL YOU. One day while tired and needing to make room on my SD card while on vacation.... I accidentally deleted everything on the SD card. Luckily for me, software back home recovered it but I was SO upset for the remainder of the trip and I couldn't actually take photos near the end out of fear I'd overwrite the hidden data! I love the photos that WERE saved though! Your kebabs' are so pretty and these flavours are some of my favourite together! I usually make my chicken teriyaki in the oven so I'll have to try grilling it next!
  • Reply
    Amanda
    August 16, 2018 at 6:35 am OMG. I've been there with Lightroom and accidentally deleting photos. I'm currently missing the entire catalog of raw files for my post popular blog post. I understand the panic. lol. C'est la vie. You still had some gorgeous ones of these kebabs, though! I love the sweet-savory combo you've paired with the chicken and veggies, with the pineapple juice and Teriyaki sauce. I'm definitely going to make these before grilling season ends! (I'm clawing onto it with both hands! haha.)
  • Reply
    Gloria
    August 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm These look fantastic. I am so sad that grilling season (for the most part) will be ending soon. Sometimes I can convince hubby to dress up and go out in the snow to BBQ. These would be perfect to feed a crowd. We have an annual Labour Day BBQ every year. This just might have to be part of the menu.
  • Reply
    Lisa
    August 15, 2018 at 9:01 am I've had days like that far too often -- so I can definitely empathize, but let me say that the 3 remaining photos are stunners! They had my mouth absolutely watering and your teriyaki sauce looks so thick and unctuous I want to spread it on everything. Do you have a recipe for that? I want it. Kebabs are one of our favorite ways to do dinner -- because food on a stick -- it's like going to a carnival! Great colors and textures in this too. Pass the platter, I'm hungry.
  • Reply
    Sarah
    August 14, 2018 at 5:25 pm Well you ended up with 3 pretty pictures! :D That's a nightmare for sure though.. ack! These look so good that I could just reach into the screen and pick one up for dinner ha!! Teriyaki and pineapple are two of my favorite flavor combinations.
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