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Pineapple Chicken Kabobs on the BBQ (Whole30, Paleo)

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs are a simple and easy dinner option for those who love to grill!  Tender chicken pieces are strung together with juicy pineapple chunks, and crisp bell peppers, zucchini pieces, and sweet onion, brushed with BBQ sauce, and then kissed on the grill to add warm smokiness!

Why You’ll Love These Barbecue Chicken Kabobs With Pineapple!

Y’all!  Do I have a good one for ya!  

Okay, so confession time: we wanted to grill something with adult beverages in hand and I specifically wanted to have something easy and quick to prepare and something that wouldn’t heat the house up since it was 98,588,348 degrees outside.  

We also wanted some bacon.  So we combined the bacon, pineapple chunks, kabob vegetables, and some barbecue sauce.

I am pretty sure that these Spicy Barbecue Bacon Chicken Kabobs were gone within 60 seconds.  

I mean, we were hungry, but, these dang kabobs are the bomb!  Oh my goodness!  

It’s always a good day when the family decides it’s a day that there is going to be grilled BBQ bacon in the house, so of course we had to try it in our kabobs too.  

Ingredients:

  • strips of thick-cut bacon
  • chicken breasts, cubed
  • bell peppers
  • sweet onion
  • paleo barbecue sauce
  • crushed red pepper flakes

We added a little spice to the mix with a quick shake of the crushed red pepper flakes bottle, and some crispiness with some fresh bell peppers and sweet onion.

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon until it is halfway to fully cooked (We bake in the oven at 350*F for about 10 minutes).
  2. Place the chicken, bell pepper, pineapple, and onion pieces onto kabob sticks, interweaving one bacon slice in between the other pieces on each kabob stick.
  3. Using a basting brush, brush on the barbecue sauce and place on the grill over medium heat. Continuously turn the kabobs until the chicken and bacon are cooked thoroughly, about 15-20 minutes, depending on your grill.
  4. Sprinkle the cooked kabobs with crushed red pepper flakes or fun crunchy sesame seeds and enjoy while still warm!

Top Tips:

  • The key is to cook the bacon until it is halfway done (that way the strips are still pliable enough to ribbon through the kabobs, AND the grease from the bacon is limited, decreasing the chance of grill flare-ups and burnt kabobs) before putting the kabobs together!
  • The crushed red pepper flakes and crunchy white or black sesame seeds as a garnish are optional.
  • If you like a little extra added spice or crunch, consider one or both of these toppings.

Equipment

Grills vary widely.

Our Kamado Joe Grill is AMAZING and perfectly cooks these pieces of chicken and vegetables to tender, juicy bites of heaven in roughly 15-18 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes or so.

But your grill may vary from ours, so just make sure that you flip (and rebrush the kabobs with BBQ sauce) every once in a while and that the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165*F for you think about taking it off the grill.

I really really LOVE the flexible, reusable stainless steel kabob skewers you see in these pictures. I have had these babies for years and they have held up amazingly well.

Did I mention that they are dishwasher safe too!

They are perfect to curve around the edge of a plate, or twist to shape on a smaller grill.

What to Pair with These Pineapple Chicken Kabob Skewers

Well, since this dish is meat and veggies all rolled into one, we like to pair our chicken pineapple skewers with a nice side, like these crispy air fryer pesto potatoes.

How to Store & Reheat Leftover BBQ Pineapple Chicken:

  • You can store your leftover BBQ Chicken Skewers in a food-safe air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Make sure that your leftovers have fully cooled down to room temperature before placing them in the container to cool.
  • It may be easier to store your leftover kabobs with the meat and vegetables taken off their respective sticks.
  • To reheat these leftovers, remove the chicken and vegetables from their sticks and set the stick aside if you have not yet removed the dish from their skewers.
  • Place the leftovers in a microwave-safe dish or plate and cover the dish so that the hot air can still easily escape.
  • This top or cover will help prevent splatter in your microwave.
  • Microwave on high power for 45-90 seconds depending on how hot you like your leftovers and how much you are reheating at one time.

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Pineapple Chicken Kabobs on the BBQ (Whole30, Paleo)


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  • Author: Jessica Kirk
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

BBQ Pineapple and Chicken Kabobs are a simple and easy dinner option for those who love to grill!  Tender chicken pieces are strung together with juicy pineapple chunks, and crisp bell peppers, zucchini pieces, and sweet onion, brushed with BBQ sauce, and then kissed on the grill to add warm smokiness!


Ingredients

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  • 4 strips of thick-cut bacon
  • 4 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced into 2-inch squares
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced into 2-inch squares
  • 1 cup paleo barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon until it is halfway to fully cooked (We bake in the oven at 350*F for about 10 minutes).
  2. Place the chicken, bell pepper, pineapple, and onion pieces onto kabob sticks, interweaving one bacon slice in between the other pieces on each kabob stick.
  3. Using a basting brush, brush on the barbecue sauce and place on the grill over medium heat.
  4. Continuously turn the kabobs until the chicken and bacon is cooked thoroughly, about 15-20 minutes, depending on your grill.
  5. Sprinkle the cooked kabobs with the crushed red pepper flakes and enjoy while still warm!

Notes

  • The key is to cook the bacon until it is halfway done (that way the strips are still pliable enough to ribbon through the kabobs, AND that the grease from the bacon is limited, decreasing the chance of grill flare-ups and burnt kabobs) before putting the kabobs together!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 428
  • Sugar: 14.1 g
  • Sodium: 800 mg
  • Fat: 21.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg

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