Skewered Pineapple Chicken Recipe with Spicy Orange Marinade

Think you need a grill to enjoy great kebabs? Think again because you can make this tasty skewered pineapple chicken recipe in the oven!

Skewered Pineapple Chicken Recipe - You will love the pop of citrus flavor in these simple chicken kebabs! -

I recently asked you guys what you like to grill, and there were so many tasty responses! Many of you said steak, which is one of my favorites too, but lots of folks suggested chicken and fruits like peaches and pineapple. All those ideas made me hungry for some chicken kebabs, so I whipped up these chicken pineapple skewers for dinner last night.

If you’re a regular here, you know that I don’t actually have a grill. I do, however, have an oven with a broiler, which works just fine thank you very much! The instructions below tell you how to make these chicken kebabs in the oven, but of course they would be great on the grill instead. However you cook them, I recommend serving them with this very quick and easy avocado lime rice.

Skewered Pineapple Chicken Recipe - You will love the pop of citrus flavor in these simple chicken kebabs! -

The hot sauce I used in the marinade is not the vinegary kind like Tabasco. I found it in the Hispanic section of the grocery store, and it’s made by La Victoria. It contains tomatoes and has a different kind of flavor than Tabasco, so I recommend using something similar for best results. This pineapple chicken recipe is bursting with citrus flavor, a little spicy, and perfect for summer!

Skewered Pineapple Chicken Recipe - You will love the pop of citrus flavor in these simple chicken kebabs! -

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Skewered Pineapple Chicken Recipe with Spicy Orange Marinade
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These citrusy chicken kebabs are perfect for summer grilling, or make them any time of year in your oven!
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1½ pieces
  • 1 red onion, diced into 1½" pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced into 1½" pieces
  • ¼ fresh pineapple, diced into 1½" pieces
  • ½ c. orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. La Victoria hot sauce (or similar)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  1. Skewer chicken, onion bell pepper, and pineapple in an alternating pattern. Arrange the kebabs in a large, flat container like a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  2. Stir together orange juice, hot sauce, and salt. Pour over skewers to evenly coat them. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. (Alternatively, you can marinate all ingredients in a bowl and skewer before cooking. This will add more flavor but will be messier!)
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place a baking rack on top of the foil. Move oven rack to about 8 inches below the top broiler. Place this baking sheet setup in the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees F. When oven is hot, turn oven off and broiler to high. Carefully remove baking sheet, and immediately place pineapple chicken skewers in an even layer on the hot baking rack.
  4. Place baking sheet on the top rack under the broiler, and cook for 8 minutes. Carefully remove baking sheet, flip skewers, and return to oven for 8-10 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. If you are cooking these on a grill instead, skip the previous step and grill as usual!
Weary Chef's Notes:
In a hurry? Skip the skewering! Mix all ingredients together, marinade for at least 15 minutes, and stir fry over high heat until chicken is cooked through.

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  1. We are huge kabob fans and we grill a lot. We are actually those crazy people who will shovel the snow off the grill just to use it. Pineapple and chicken is always a tasty combination and I love this spice orange marinade. I’ve got to try that! Pinning!

    • Thank you, Cindy! We have gotten a grill a couple different times but never use it enough, and it ends up rusting eventually. It is cold and windy in our neighborhood most of the year, which I don’t mind, but it’s not the best cookout weather! I should just put a coat on like you and grill whatever the weather :)

  2. I love kebabs and I’ve really been into pineapple lately! These are just perfect. :)

  3. Great looking recipe, Andi, and the flavours must be fantastic. Your photos are gorgeous! I love pineapple and chicken together – perfect for summer. Pinned and stumbled :)

    • Thank you so much, Robyn! This was one of the times I was glad to have lights for night photography. We talked once before about making roasted vegetables and cocktails in the morning when the light is good. I wasn’t able to do that with these and took these pictures after dark!

      • I remember that conversation, Andi! I think I need to get myself some lights because I’m loving these photos.
        As a blogger, there is always something more that we need, isn’t there? lol. My list is getting very long!

        • Yes, it’s always something! I am in dire need of some new dishes, napkins, etc. for pictures, but I am running out of space to store all this stuff!

  4. This looks so good!!

  5. I love spicy with sweet…this looks delicious! I have to try this soon…thanks for sharing!

  6. I was so excited to read that you made this without a grill! I don’t have a grill either (I live in a small NYC apartment!) so I feel really left out with all these amazing grilling recipes I see around summertime! Definitely giving these skewers a try – they look so delicious! I love pineapple with chicken!

  7. I’m curious which product you used for hot sauce. The La Victoria Salsa Brava Hot Sauce doesn’t contain tomatoes and it has vinegar. I want to make sure I get my flavors right, but I’m not sure exactly what product is best. Your photos are fantastic, and this looks delicious!

  8. Hi! I was going to make this for dinner this week, but the recipe isn’t showing up anymore! The rest of the post is there, but the actual recipe is missing. Is it just me or is it really gone? I’d love to have it; it looks delicious!

    • Hi again. I’m sorry something went wrong with the recipe, and thank you for letting me know. I fixed it. Please let me know if you have any other problems. Thanks!

  9. these sound so good! I’m throwing a pineapple/beach themed bridal shower this summer so these will be perfect! I want to grill them but don’t want to stand at the grill while everyone is here waiting, think they’ll be good served room temp if I grill them beforehand? Or maybe grill them then rewarm in the oven?!

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