Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

I’m always amazed that I can find and love new chicken marinades. I mean, how many variations can you really have and call it good? Clearly, I still feel the need for growth in this area.

Since I love me a good kebab (or kabob, if you prefer that spelling), I was riding on high hopes for this sweet honey-soy variation. And it delivered in a big way. Maybe we just haven’t had kebabs enough lately, but comments like “best chicken ever” and “I’ll arm wrestle you for the last kebab” were heard round the dinner table.

Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

The real star of the show, I have to admit, are the veggie skewers highlighted by fresh pineapple. I don’t know if there is anything more lovely in this world than grilled pineapple. It is a huge favorite of mine, made even better by the notes of salty and sweet in the marinade. A forkful of juicy pineapple, tangy red onion, a bit of tender mushroom and flavorful chicken and I was nearly undone. Seriously stellar combination.

What To ServeThe hardest part of this super fabulous dinner is planning ahead and waiting for the chicken and vegetables/fruit to marinade. By the way, I served these kebabs with a pasta salad I kind of just threw together (with fresh tomatoes, pesto, basil and olives) but any type of pasta salad would be delicious (so would these skillet potatoes, if you really want another suggestion).

Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

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Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kebabs

Yield: Serves 6

Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kebabs

I like to marinate the vegetables and chicken separately because I grill them on separate skewers (the vegetables/fruit grill for less time). If you are skewering the chicken and vegetables together on the same skewer, you could marinate them together knowing they'll be cooked for the same amount of time. It just kind of gives me the eebie-jeebies to marinate the veggies in with the chicken. Issues. Because of the honey in the marinade, the chicken and vegetables can burn a bit easier (and get blacker grill marks) so make sure to use moderate heat not high heat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into large pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, stemmed
  • 2-3 cups fresh pineapple chunks

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, pepper, garlic and oil. Measure out 1/4 cup marinade and place in a covered container in the refrigerator to use for grilling. Place the cubed chicken in a large ziploc bag and the vegetables in another ziploc bag. Pour half of the remaining marinade over the chicken and the other half over the vegetables. Seal the bags and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (can be refrigerated up to 24 hours).
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water 30 minutes prior to cooking. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and alternate the veggies/fruit on separate skewers.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium heat and grill the skewers, flipping every couple of minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (about 7-10 minutes total, depending on the heat of your grill and size of the chicken pieces). The vegetable skewers only need a few minutes per side. Use the reserved marinade to brush over the chicken and veggies during the final minutes of cooking. Serve immediately.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/grilled-honey-chicken-and-veggie-kebabs/
Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes.com

28 Responses to Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kebabs

  1. I firmly believe that all foods taste better on a stick. Therefor, this is probably the best chicken recipe of all time. ALL TIME!!

  2. Kim in MD says:

    I agree with Cookbook Queen- everything is better on a stick! I love kebabs, and can’t wait to try these!

  3. Charlotte Moore says:

    YUM!!!! Need to try these using potatoes and carrots instead of mushrooms.

  4. They look delicious Mel! I just might be putting them on the menu this week.

  5. Becky says:

    I love me some kebabs! This sounds like a winner…winner winner chicken dinner, if you will ;)

  6. Melissa R says:

    Mel, I’ve been a fan of your site for a while now but have never commented. You are my go-to site for dinner ideas and I have to say this particular post came just in time for me! Was looking for a recipe to grill for my family tonight and this is perfect! Thanks so much, for all your great recipes. I’ve tried too many to count and I’ve never come across one I didn’t love!

  7. denise says:

    So do you marinate the pineapple? or no- since it’s a fruit? :) Confused but I’m sure it will be ok either way. :)

    • Mel says:

      Hi Denise – yep, I just classified pineapple as a vegetable here. I should have been more clear but I marinated the pineapple with the other veggies.

  8. Tahnycooks says:

    Mmmmmm….I loved grilled veggies! I could eat grilled foods all the time and year round!! I just did grilled Turkey Drumsticks!

  9. Shane Birkey says:

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were so tasty! My kids were even willing to eat the veggies! I loved it! Thanks!

  10. Michelle says:

    Dang, you are a rock star. We have friends coming over this weekend (one of whom is a chef–no pressure) and wanted something I could prepare beforehand so I can just chat and drink when they arrive. This’ll be perfect! I love your site all the time but especially when you have inadvertent esp with your devoted readers. Have a wonderful week!

  11. Gail says:

    Another recipe for the ‘need to try this!!!’ File.
    I pull more of your recipes then any other blogger I follow :)

  12. Oh, marinated pineapple – it sounds delicious. I love grill season, I could grill everything. I am thinking about making bread on the grill, it will make a nice addition.

  13. sound beacher says:

    Mel: Made these tonight for a sunset BBQ at the beach. They traveled well and were delicious. The guests loved them and the child wiillingly ate the grilled vegetables. I used pineapple, green zucchini, yellow zucchini, red pepper, & cherry tomatoes, very colorful and the chicken was great too. I made the lime/sour cream pie for dessert. Of course I confessed I got it all from Mel, so now I’m forwarding your site to them, too. Thanks from all of us.

  14. Minnesota Red says:

    Well, now that you’re here in Minnesota I hope you get a chance to eat all sorts of stuff on sticks at the State Fair!

  15. Jami says:

    This recipe caught my eye and I knew I had to make it! Made it tonight and it was a huge hit!! My husband couldn’t stop oohing and ahhing the whole dinner! The chicken was delicious and the pineapple was to die for! I didn’t put my veggies on a skewer, but used my grilling pan instead. Turned out fantastic!! Thanks for yet another stellar recipe Mel!

  16. Blayre says:

    Hi Mel; I made this tonight for supper and I couldn’t help myself from proclaiming (repeatedly) how delicious it is! Melted-in-my-mouth-fought-over-the-last-one-delicious. Thanks!!!!

  17. Deb says:

    Yum, yum, yum! This was so easy and so delicious! The chicken was SUPER tender and who doesn’t love grilled pineapple and veggies! We had friends over when I made this and the skeptical chicken eater went back for seconds!

  18. Nelly says:

    Mel,
    I couldn’t find skewers so I just put the veggies in a grill basket and the chicken I made filets , omg!!! How can something so simple taste so amazing!! This is a keeper! I’ve been talking about your chicken Mel!! Yay!!! I’m having leftovers today!!

  19. Anne says:

    We grill kebabs regularly during the Summer so we fancy ourselves pros on skewers. You stopped me in my tracks with this marinade. It was awesome! I didn’t marinate the pineapple “vegetables”, just cut them into spears and brushed the marinade on while grilling. Perfect, easy, and delicious. I’m wondering if I can I make these twice a week for the next month (then wondering how to make them once the weather turns!).

  20. Amanda Z says:

    This was a delicious dinner tonight, hubby was raving about it! I loved the chicken, but could not get enough of the grilled veggies!! I am only sad that I discovered this so late in the summer, this is such a great grill recipe!

  21. Shared this on facebook today! Easy and DElicious! Thanks, Mel!

  22. Sarah says:

    I made this a couple of weeks ago. It was delicious! I will definitely be adding it to my weeknight rotation. Thanks Mel!

  23. Emily says:

    This was amazing! Both my kids commented that “the chicken is SO good”.

  24. Kellie says:

    would coconut oil work too? that’s the only thing i have on hand right now haha

  25. Kat says:

    These are AMAZING! I did chicken, mushrooms, zucchini, and yellow onion. I like my veggies well done so I did chicken and veggies on the same skewers. The flavor was incredible. I will definitely make these again and again. Even my 2 picky eaters asked for seconds (and thirds) of chicken. Success!

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