Sweet, spicy and absolutely perfect for summer! These delicious grilled kabobs are made with spicy chicken pieces, juicy pineapple and fresh bell peppers and onion!
Who’s ready for grilling season?! Because I’m just counting down the days until summer is officially here! I don’t know about anyone else, but I always feel like I thrive during summer. Whether it’s the heat, the long nights or all the grilled summer food, there’s just something about this season that gets my heart fluttering! (Of course these finger licking good kabobs might have something to do with it too!) So I’m sharing with you all one of my favorite summer recipes today and that’s these easy grilled jerk chicken kabobs. (Trust me babe – if I can grill it, then you can grill it too! 😉 )
Best part about this recipe? It’s only 5 ingredients! Which makes it one of my favorite grilling recipes for summer because there’s practically no work involved at all! Check out the ingredients below:
- Chicken breasts: Can be replaced with thighs or tenders. (I used air-chilled chicken breasts for this recipe. More information below.)
- Jerk seasoning: You can usually find this in the spice aisle or wherever your grocery store keeps their other spice blends.
- Pineapple: Can either use fresh or pre-cut.
- Red bell pepper
(I was able to find all of these ingredients at my local Sprouts which was such a life saver! I’m all about one stop shopping and Sprouts always seems to have everything I need at low prices with impeccable quality! They’re also the only store I trust when it comes to buying meat because they source from small suppliers so they always have high quality meats in stock.)
What is air-chilled chicken?
Air chilling refers to the process in which a chicken is cooled by passing it through several chambers where purified air is used to slowly cool down the meat. (Definitely had to look up the definition on that one! 😉 ) But what I thought was cool (after doing a little research) was that this process actually helps to lock in the natural juices of the chicken which helps to keep it incredibly moist and gives it such a strong flavor! Plus the air-chilled chicken at Sprouts also has NO antibiotics, is raised in the U.S. and is fed a certified organic diet while having access to the outdoors too.
What kind of chicken is the best to use for kabobs?
I usually use chicken breasts because they’re easy to fix and I can get a lot of them for pretty cheap. That being said, you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs or even chicken tenders too!
Can I use wooden skewers instead?
Absolutely! I usually prefer metal skewers because you can use them several times and they seem to hold up better depending on what we’re cooking. But you can definitely use wooden skewers for this recipe too! Just remember to soak the skewers in water for at least one hour before using them! If you don’t, the skewers can catch on fire from the grill and…well…there goes dinner… Trust me, that’s one fire hazard you definitely don’t want to have!
What do I serve with grilled jerk chicken kabobs?
We love making these kabobs during summer, so all the summer side dishes come to mind here. Below are a few of my personal favorite sides to serve with them:
- Corn on the cob
- Roasted asparagus
- Sauteed zucchini and corn
- Steamed rice/fried rice
- Side salad
- Roasted broccoli
I hope you enjoy these skewers babes! But even more, I hope you have an amazing start to your summer season!
More recipes like this:
- BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza
- Coconut Shrimp with Mango Chili Lime Sauce
- Pineapple Stuffed Teriyaki Chicken
- Baked Cajun Chicken Wings with Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce
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Grilled Jerk Chicken Kabobs
- 1½ lbs. chicken breast (about 4 large chicken breasts), cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 Tbsp Jerk seasoning*
- Pineapple, cut into cubes (can be fresh or pre-cut)
- 2 medium red bell peppers, cut into cubes
- 1 medium red onion, cut into cubes
- Preheat your grill to medium heat. (We set ours to 400 degrees.) Spray your grill with non-stick cooking spray once it's hot.
- Place the cubed chicken in a plastic bag and add your jerk seasoning. Shake the bag until the chicken is fully coated. Once the chicken is coated, prepare your kabobs by placing the chicken, pineapple, bell peppers and onions on the metal skewers. (Make sure to alternate between each!)
- Place the kabobs on your grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning once half way through.
- Serve immediately!