Pineapple BBQ Chicken Kabobs!

Grilled Chicken, Pineapple, Onion, Bell Pepper with House Made BBQ Sauce

House made BBQ sauce!

Oh yes! Super easy, and super tasty!! This BBQ sauce comes together in 5 minutes, make a big batch to have some leftover for other recipes. Do your body a favor and skip the bottled BBQ sauce with added mystery ingredients an inflammatory oils! This recipe uses ketchup, coconut sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and some spices. Cut back on the sugar and increase the apple cider vinegar by 1 tablespoon if you like a more vinegar tasting BBQ sauce.

Why use chicken thighs?

Chicken thighs are best for grilling because they have a higher fat content, which makes them less likely to become dry after cooking. If you don’t usually cook with chicken thighs I encourage you to use them for this recipe. Find them without the skin on, and boneless for the easiest preparation. The darker meat goes really well with this sweet BBQ sauce, and the veggies brighten up the taste of the chicken.

Bamboo skewers

Bamboo skewers are used to thread the chicken and veggies to make the kabobs. The skewers are soaked in water before using them to keep them from burning when grilling. In a pinch, you can just grill up the ingredients without using skewers if you don’t have them. The skewers do make for a pretty plate though!
Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 1
Best Season: Summer


These chicken kabobs are sweet and juicy with house made BBQ sauce, sweet pineapple, onion and red bell pepper.

You Need

For the BBQ Sauce

For the Kabobs


Make the BBQ Sauce

  1. Makes 1/4 Cup of Sauce
    • In a small saucepan add all ingredients for BBQ sauce.
    • Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. 
    • Continue to cook until thick.
    This is a small recipe, making 3 kabobs! Feel free to double or triple this BBQ recipe if you would like to have more BBQ sauce to use later, it is delicious, you will be happy you did!

Make Kabobs

    • Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper.
    • Assemble kabobs by alternating chicken pieces, onion, pepper and pineapple.
    • Set aside a portion of the BBQ sauce in a separate container to brush on cooked kabobs so you don't contaminate it with the raw chicken.
    • Brush kabobs with BBQ sauce.
    • Heat grill to 300 degrees (medium/low heat) and brush with avocado oil.
    • Cook kabobs with grill covered, about 5 minutes a side. 
    • About 10-15 minutes total. 
    • Let rest for a few minutes and then brush with the reserved BBQ sauce.
    • Enjoy your juicy kabobs!
    Monitor the temperature of your grill. You don't want the grill getting too hot, there is a lot of sugar in both the pineapple and the BBQ sauce, this is prone to burning easily.


Chicken thighs take longer to cook than chicken breast. So they don't overcook on the outside before they are cooked all the way through, be sure and close the grill!

Keywords: bbq chicken, grilling, kabobs, pineapple, onion, bell pepper, summer recipes, picnic recipes
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