BBQ Hen Pineapple Skewers – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

These straightforward BBQ hen pineapple skewers are unbelievable! Moist, flavorful hen items subsequent to the candy, juicy pineapple make it the right summer time meal.

Not solely are these tasty little BBQ hen pineapple skewers excellent for a summer time vacation cookout, however they’re wonderful (and straightforward sufficient) for a refreshing weeknight dinner. My household goes loopy for them!

Four chicken, pineapple, onion skewers on white platter.

A Easy Marinade

The key to those straightforward BBQ skewers is the marinade. It’s zesty and flavorful!

  • ketchup
  • honey
  • vinegar
  • worcestershire sauce
  • garlic
  • paprika + chili powder + salt + pepper

The frozen cubes within the bowl of marinade under is frozen garlic (courtesy of Dealer Joe’s – one in every of my favourite issues to purchase there and provides all of the recent garlic taste with none fuss).

Marinade the hen items for not less than two hours however as much as 24 hours.

Glass bowl with garlic, ketchup, paprika, pepper and chili powder; white dish with raw chicken pieces in BBQ marinade.

Hen Breasts vs Hen Thighs

For these skewers, I undoubtedly suppose hen thighs are only a contact higher, however I’ve made them with each cuts of meat, and you’ll’t go flawed with both.

If utilizing hen breasts, take care to not over cook dinner the skewers. The small items of meat will cook dinner fairly rapidly!

One of many nice benefits to utilizing hen thighs is that they they don’t dry out like hen breasts (except vastly overcooked). Don’t be that individual. 😉

To be trustworthy, whereas I can respect that many individuals take into account thighs to be the superior reduce of hen to make use of, and I additionally benefit from the taste and juiciness, I solely use them sometimes as a result of I don’t love the fat-trimming course of. Even pre-trimmed hen thighs get an additional trimming in my kitchen.

Whichever reduce of hen you select, the outcomes shall be spectacular in the event you keep watch over the cooking time!

Six chicken, pineapple, veggie skewers on metal sticks on wood cutting board.

Grilling/Cooking Choices

I completely use a pellet smoker/grill for all my grilling. For this recipe, I cook dinner the skewers at 375 levels F for a couple of minutes on either side.

An everyday propane or charcoal grill will work simply superb, too.

When you don’t have a grill, attempt broiling the skewers on a foil-lined and greased baking sheet for 3 to 4 minutes per facet (watch intently).

I believe the hen, pineapple, pepper and onion items might additionally get tossed into an air fryer (sans the skewer) and cooked that means, too. It’s a really forgiving recipe!

Five metal skewers with chicken pieces, pineapple, onions and peppers.

There are few issues I really like on this life greater than grilled pineapple, and whereas the flavorful, tender hen may be very, superb, it’s the juicy, caramelized pineapple that actually will get me.

To make sure, your entire mixture of zesty BBQ flavors, candy/juicy pineapple, and crisp-tender veggies is an absolute winner.

We love these skewers and make them on a regular basis. They’re means too good to relegate to vacation BBQ’s and cookouts solely!

Fork pushing down pineapple on metal skewer loaded with chicken, onions, peppers.

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Several chicken, pineapple and pepper skewers on metal sticks on white platter.

BBQ Hen Pineapple Skewers

  • cup (180 g) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced (or 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • ½ teaspoon candy or smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coarse, kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ to 2 kilos boneless skinless hen breasts or hen thighs reduce into 1 1/2-inch items
  • 1 medium pineapple
  • 2 medium bell peppers, any coloration
  • 1 medium purple onion
  • In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the ketchup, honey, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, paprika, salt, chili powder and black pepper.

  • Place hen items in gallon-size resealable bag or shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the hen and toss to coat evenly. Seal the bag or cowl the dish and refrigerate for two to 24 hours.

  • Preheat a pellet grill or common grill to medium/medium-high warmth.

  • Reduce the pineapple, peppers and onions into 1 to 1/2-inch items.

  • Thread the hen, pineapple, peppers and onions onto skewers. The order does not essentially matter, however I thread as follows: onion, pepper, pineapple hen (repeated about 4 instances for 12-inch skewers). If any of the hen items are actually lengthy, fold them in half earlier than threading onto the skewer.

  • Grill the skewers, flipping as soon as, till the hen is cooked by way of, about 4 to five minutes per facet for hen breasts and 6 to 7 minutes per facet for hen thighs. Serve instantly.

Pineapple: relying on the dimensions of the pineapple, you will have some leftover so take care to maintain it uncontaminated through the threading course of (with the uncooked hen); the leftover recent pineapple could be served alongside the grilled skewers, if desired. I haven’t tried this recipe with canned pineapple chunks however I’m guessing they need to work okay in the event you don’t have recent pineapple.
Veggies + Onions: the bell peppers and onions add nice taste (plus they’re actually scrumptious grilled), nevertheless, they are often left off, if desired. 
Hen: the hen marinade is actually tasty and would even be scrumptious for complete grilled hen breasts or thighs. 

Serving: 2 skewers, Energy: 388kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 39g, Fats: 5g, Saturated Fats: 1g, Ldl cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 824mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 37g

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