BBQ CHICKEN KABOBS with BACON and PINEAPPLE

BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout!

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BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple are so insanely delicious, you’ll be grilling these up often! These BBQ Chicken Kabobs are made in a way you’ve never tasted before and include all your favorite summer grilling flavors. We took

BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout!The kids are out of school in a matter of weeks and we have two subsequent days this week where it will be at least 80 degrees. You know what that means, right?! Summer is almost here! It’s a fun time of year and I always find myself craving those flavorful summer meals. I love everything about these BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs- the tangy pineapple paired with the smoky bacon and tender chicken. The bacon gets crispy on the edges and tastes SO good. Slather it with your favorite BBQ sauce and dinner is served!

How do you cook BBQ chicken kabobs on the grill?

When making chicken kabobs, there are several things you can do to make them AMAZING! First, I like to lightly salt and pepper the uncooked chicken. You marinate these kabobs with some of the barbecue sauce to really get the flavors soaked in the chicken. Then, towards the end of the grilling process, you slather on even more barbecue sauce. If you put it all on initially, it will char more than you’d like, since barbecue sauce has a higher sugar content. A little char is delicious, but too much char just tastes burnt!

I’ve used wooden skewers before and they work well. Soaking them in water for an hour prior to loading them up with meat is helpful to prevent burning and splintering. I prefer to use stainless steel skewers now though as they’re easier to thread and remove the cooked meat.

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Bacon is incredible in this dish, but you do need to pre-cook it a bit. I like to cut it into 2″ long pieces and place the pieces on a paper towel lined plate. Microwave the bacon for several minutes. The time will largely depend on how thick your bacon is, but I find 3-4 minutes is great. Then proceed with the recipe!

I like to use fresh pineapple for these BBQ chicken kabobs, but you can use canned pineapple chunks or even slices if that’s all you have. Larger pieces of pineapple hold up better. Smaller pieces will split and fall apart once they’re skewered. I find that the stainless steel kabobs work better with pineapple.

As you’re threading your kabobs with the chicken, bacon and pineapple, make sure that you don’t pack the ingredients on there too tightly. This is actually the case with most kabobs- you need to leave a bit of “breathing” room in between the pieces so that the heat of the grill can adequately cook each piece of food. This is especially true in this recipe, where you’re cooking bacon and chicken!

BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs recipe is an incredible twist on a classic. Tender chicken grilled with pineapple, bacon & slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce.BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2″ – 2″ chunks, salted lightly
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 lb bacon, cut into 1″- 1 1/2″ segments
  • fresh pineapple cut into 2″ chunks
  1. Combine chicken pieces with 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and marinate for 2-3 hours. (This step can be omitted if you’re pressed for time!)
  2. Microwave bacon for 2-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it. Let bacon cool slightly.
  3. Using kabob skewers, thread chicken, bacon pieces and pineapple in a pattern. The larger pieces of pineapple are easier to skewer. Fold thin bacon pieces over in half and arrange next to the chicken, being careful to not put the bacon pieces too close to anything else, so that they have space to heat up properly to cook.
  4. Grill kabobs until chicken reaches 155-160 degrees F. Slather remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on kabobs when they’re nearly cooked. Cover loosely with foil and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout! Easy and SUPER TASTY BBQ Chicken Kabob recipe from Butter With A Side of Bread BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout! Easy and SUPER TASTY BBQ Chicken Kabob recipe from Butter With A Side of Bread

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BBQ CHICKEN KABOBS with BACON and PINEAPPLE

BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Butter With A Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2" - 2" chunks, salted lightly
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 lb bacon cut into 1"- 1 1/2" segments
  • fresh pineapple cut into 2" chunks

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken pieces with 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and marinate for 2-3 hours. (This step can be omitted if you're pressed for time!)
  2. Microwave bacon for 2-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it. Let bacon cool slightly.
  3. Using wooden skewers previously soaked in water for at least 1 hour (or metal skewers!) thread chicken, bacon pieces and pineapple in a pattern. The larger pieces of pineapple are easier to skewer. Fold thin bacon pieces over in half and arrange next to the chicken, being careful to not put the bacon pieces too close to anything else, so that they have space to heat up properly to cook.

  4. Grill kabobs until chicken reaches 155-160 degrees F. Slather remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on kabobs when they're nearly cooked. Cover loosely with foil and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Bacon and Pineapple recipe with tender chicken grilled with pineapple and bacon then slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce. These are the ultimate BBQ chicken kabobs and are perfect for your next cookout! Easy and SUPER TASTY BBQ Chicken Kabob recipe from Butter With A Side of Bread

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  1. These skewers were so good and easy! I used center cut bacon and threaded it between the chicken and pineapple chunks like a ribbon. You could use teriyaki on this as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • Hi,

        I don’t have a grill. Can these be baked as well? If so, what would you for temp and cooking time?

        Thanks so much!!

        • I’d bake these at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. Check with your meat thermometer- when chicken reaches 165 degrees, it’s done!

  2. could this be prepared one day ahead of time & stored in the fridge to grill the next day? Possibly keep the bacon raw?

    • Really, it all depends on how cooked you prefer your bacon. I like crispy bacon, & since the chicken doesn’t take that long to cook, it’s best if you begin cooking it before it goes on the grill. If you don’t cook it at all before grilling, it’ll be crispy around the edges and really soft in the middle. Just FYI!

  3. Hi Jessica can these be done in an oven? I dont have a bbq grill..if yes what temp and how long ? Thank you!!

  4. made these with boneless skinless thighs and they came out awesome…moist and juicy…preferred it over the breast..thanks for the great idea!

    • I usually recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce but I’ve gotten hooked on Kingsford sauce recently. LOVE it.It’s the brand that makes charcoal briquets- you’ll likely recognize the logo. 😉

  5. Hello!

    Could this be made and frozen for later?! I am doing a freezer meal workshop for church and would love to make these!

  6. I don’t have skewers on hand and was wondering if you could cook this as a meal in a skillet? I know you won’t get the “grill”flavor but trying to improvise 😉

  7. My family loves Kabobs on the grill. I love easy recipes and your tasty kebobs have it all. Easy and adding the bacon and pineapple are fabulous. a Great summer easy dinner.

  8. These were delicious! Next time, I will make sure to microwave my bacon longer. I did 3 minutes and my bacon was not quite crispy after grilling. I also added red onion to the kabobs and it added a great flavor!

    • Adding red onion is such a great idea! Bacon tends to vary so much- the thickness, if it’s higher fat versus meat, etc. I like my bacon crispier too!

  9. i cant find the calorie count for these i am on a 1,550 cal a day diet i have to watch sugar and sodium level as well

    • Hi Pamela! The calorie count will vary depending on what type of BBQ sauce you use. I suggest grabbing the variety you use and plugging it into a calorie counter to know for sure!

  10. Could the ingredients be thrown into a foil packet and cooked in a campfire for camping? If so, about how long do you think it’d need to cook for?

    • Sooo… I don’t camp. I don’t really have any experience with doing foil packets. Cooking bacon in it doesn’t sound right to me though, I worry with the other ingredients it wouldn’t crisp up. So if I were you, I’d cook the bacon beforehand, crumble it, then cook it in your foil pack for 15-20 minutes? That’s my best guess! If it’s not cooked- then toss it back on the coals!

    • I’m sure it would work, but I’m weird and wouldn’t do it. Reheating chicken always seems to dry it out. Why don’t you prep and get the kabobs assembled beforehand, then just grill them during the party?

  11. Now I know what I want to make this weekend. They look so good. I would love for you to come share on the Classy Flamingos Blog Party. (W-F) poinsettiadr.com

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