Summer is synonymous with barbecues, and what better way to elevate your grilling game than with Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs? After marinating chicken in a tropical blend and skewering it with vibrant vegetables and pineapple, you’ll grill them to perfection, ensuring a delightful fusion of flavors.
This dish, brought together by a marinade that sings of tropical flavors, is both a feast for the eyes and a celebration of summer. Let’s dive into the ingredients, the history behind this dish, and of course, the step-by-step guide to making these kabobs.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds of chicken breast, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into small chunks
- 1 orange bell pepper, segmented into bite-sized portions
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced into small pieces
- 1 crimson onion, segmented into bite-sized bits
- 1 cup of pineapple, cut into small dices
- 1 yellow bell pepper, segmented into bite-sized portions (our new addition)
For the Sauce:
- ⅓ cup of tomato-based condiment
- ⅓ cup of salty soy sauce
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar
- ¼ cup of juice from pineapple
- 2 teaspoons of aromatic sesame extract
- 1 teaspoon of shredded ginger root
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon of spicy chili sauce
1. Crafting the Marinade:
- In a spacious mixing bowl, blend together all the marinade ingredients.
- Once well-mixed, set aside about ½ cup of this marinade for the vegetables to be used later.
2. Marinating the Chicken:
- Immerse the chopped chicken breast pieces in the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
- Allow the chicken to soak in these flavors, letting it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of 4 hours for best results.
3. Preparing the Grill:
- Ensure your grill is clean and free from any previous residues.
- Ignite your grill and adjust the temperature to medium-high, aiming for around 400°F.
4. Prepping the Vegetables:
- In a different mixing bowl, toss together the segmented bell peppers, diced pineapple, and crimson onion bits.
- Drizzle the 3 tablespoons of the marinade you set aside earlier over the vegetables, ensuring they’re lightly coated.
5. Skewering Time:
- Take your skewers (if using wooden ones, see the next step first) and start threading the marinated chicken pieces alternated with the marinated vegetables. Ensure they’re not too tightly packed to allow even cooking.
6. Important Note for Wooden Skewers:
- If you’re using wooden skewers, it’s crucial to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to skewering. This prevents them from catching fire or charring excessively during the grilling process.
7. Grilling the Skewers:
- Place the loaded skewers onto the preheated grill.
- Allow them to cook for approximately 12-16 minutes. It’s essential to keep an eye on them and turn occasionally for even grilling.
- As they grill, periodically brush them with the remaining marinade to keep them moist and flavorful.
- Ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked before removing from the grill. The internal temperature should reach 165°F.
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Recipe Variations for Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs:
2. Vegetarian Delight: Skip the chicken and add firm tofu cubes or tempeh. You can also include more varieties of vegetables like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, or mushrooms.
3. Spicy Kick: If you love a bit of heat, add a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes or a tablespoon of finely chopped jalapeños to the marinade.
4. Sweet and Savory: Add chunks of mango or peach to the skewers for a sweet contrast to the savory ingredients.
5. Herb Infusion: Incorporate fresh herbs into the marinade. Chopped cilantro, basil, or parsley can add a fresh and aromatic twist to the kabobs.
6. Citrus Zest: Add the zest of a lemon, lime, or orange to the marinade for a zesty flavor profile.
7. Teriyaki Twist: Replace the ketchup in the marinade with teriyaki sauce for a different flavor profile. You can also add a tablespoon of honey for added sweetness.
8. BBQ Hawaiian Kabobs: Use barbecue sauce in place of ketchup for a smoky, tangy flavor.
Remember, the beauty of kabobs lies in their versatility. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your unique version of this classic dish.