Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs Recipe

These Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs have chicken, fresh pineapple, peppers and onions grilled and basted in a sweet and tangy barbecue glaze. The perfect chicken kabobs for summer grilling - serve with a side of white rice and additional sauce for an amazing dinner.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs lined up on platter

Can you make kabobs ahead of time?

The most time-consuming part of making chicken kabobs is cutting and marinating the meat and vegetables.

After cutting your meat and vegetables, you can store them in individual airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can also skewer your cut meat and vegetables and store in an airtight container or cover a plate tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days before cooking.

Place the chicken kabobs directly on the grill when you are ready to cook them.

Can you freeze kabobs?

If you want to freeze these kabobs, skewer meat and vegetables as directed in the recipe then place on a baking sheet and place in the freezer.

After your chicken kabobs are frozen, you can cover them with foil in a single layer on a baking sheet for long-term storage or move them to a Ziploc freezer bag.

How to cook frozen kabobs

Remove frozen kabobs from the freezer and place directly on a grill heated to medium-high heat.  Grill for 15 minutes total, rotating every few minutes.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees F.

How long do you cook kabobs on the grill?

When you cook kabobs on the grill, you want to be sure that all the sides of each kabob touch the grill.

Most kabobs require about 10-15 minutes to cook.

You can rotate your kabobs 4 times and let them cook for 3 minutes on each side to ensure doneness and a nice crispy exterior.

How do you store leftover kabobs?

Leftover kabobs can be stored off or on skewers, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

I find that it’s easier to store the leftover kabobs off of their skewers, just in a reusable air-tight container (like these ones). It makes for a really easy grab-and-go meal the next day!

How to make Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs

We have teamed up with Kroger to share with you one of our favorite summer dinners – grilled kabobs. I remember sitting on our backyard picnic table with the smell of marinated kabobs grilling away.

We would sit together as a family, laugh and talk for hours.  We loved grilling and just enjoying the beautiful weather in the summer.

This year we are celebrating summer by sharing a delicious #SummerIsDelicious recipe with you – Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs. If you haven’t pulled out the grill yet, this recipe will give you the perfect reason to do so!

If you have not used any of Kroger’s Private Selection sauces, I would highly suggest trying them, especially the Texas Inspired BBQ Sauce.

Sauce for BBQ Chicken Kabobs
For this recipe, I mixed Private Selection Hawaiian Pineapple Wing Sauce and Private Selection Texas BBQ Sauce to make a perfectly sweet and tangy sauce.

 How to make Kabobs for grilling

After I soaked my skewers in water to help eliminate burning, I skewered them with fresh pineapple, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, red onion and chicken.

Chicken kabobs with peppers, onions, and pineapple

While my chicken kabobs were grilling, I mixed together my two Private Selection sauces and brushed it on my kabobs the last few minutes of grilling.

After the meat and vegetables were cooked, I removed them from the grill, placed the on a baking sheet and then brushed on some more sauce while they were still hot.

You could also serve these kabobs with rice and a side of the prepared sauce.

Watch how to make Chicken kabobs here:

Tips for how to make kabobs

  • Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade before adding in meat and vegetables to glaze the top of kabobs when they are cooking.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before adding meat and vegetables.  This will help them to not burn while grilling.
  • Cut meat and vegetables into uniform sizes so everything cooks evenly.
  • If you are worried about overcooking vegetables or undercooking meat, skewer your meat and vegetables separately so you can cook for an appropriate amount of time.
  • Rub or brush olive oil directly on your grill to keep kabobs from sticking and make them easy to rotate when cooking.

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Serves: 6

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs Recipe

These Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Kabobs have chicken, fresh pineapple, peppers and onions grilled and basted in a sweet and tangy barbecue glaze. The perfect recipe for your summer grilling - serve with a side of white rice and additional sauce for an amazing dinner.

2 hr, 30 Prep Time

10 minCook Time

2 hr, 40 Total Time

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  • 1 (11.8 ounce) bottle Private Selection Hawaiian Pineapple Wing Sauce
  • 1 (19 ounce) bottle BBQ Sauce
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 fresh pineapple (cubed into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 green bell pepper (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 red onion (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 12 wood skewers


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together Hawaiian Pineapple Wing Sauce and BBQ sauce until well combined. Reserve 1/2 cup of sauce and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Place chicken in a gallon-sized resealable bag and pour remaining sauce over top. Seal bag and refrigerate for 2 hours (or overnight).
  3. Soak 12 wood skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Alternate sliding marinated chicken, pineapple, peppers and onion onto skewers.
  6. Brush grill grates with olive oil then place skewers on grill.
  7. Grill for 3-4 minutes and rotate 4 times, until all sides are cooked and chicken is heated through.
  8. Place grilled skewers on a baking sheet and brush reserved sauce on top while hot.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

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