Grilled BBQ Chicken Kabobs

barbecue chicken skewers with pineapple

5 from 1 reviews

Grilled BBQ Chicken Kabobs are loaded with flavor, colorful, and easy to make! Toss chicken in some simple spices to add lots of flavor and then thread on skewers with pineapple and onion. Grill them up and brush with bbq sauce for a fun summer dinner.


  • 1.5-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2.5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 large red onion, cut into squares


  1. Preheat Grill - Start by preheating the grill to medium heat (450 degrees F) for direct grilling (ie. the kabobs will go directly over the flame).
  2. Season Chicken - In a medium/large bowl, toss together the chicken with the 1.5 tablespoons of the oil and the spices. Toss the onion squares with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  3. Assemble Kabobs - Using either metal skewers or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water, start threading on the chicken, pineapple, and onion. I like to alternate for a pretty presentation.
  4. Grill - Grease your grill grates using oil on a paper towel and tongs and add kabobs to the grill. Grill for 10-12 minutes, turning every few minutes, until they are almost fully cooked (fully cooked is 165 degrees F). 
  5. Brush with BBQ Sauce - Brush with barbecue sauce and cook for a few more minutes, turning and brushing with more barbecue sauce so all sides get covered and the sauce gets a little caramelized. The chicken's internal temperature should be 165 degrees F
  6. Serve - Remove from the grill and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving. Sprinkle with sliced green onions to serve.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Chicken is ready to flip when it easily releases from the grill. If they're still really stuck on, then give them a little more time before turning the kabobs.

Kabobs getting too charred? If the chicken or veggies are getting too charred before the chicken is cooked through you can do two things 1. Lower the grill heat 2. Move the kabobs away from the direct heat on the grill and close the lid again so they cook over indirect heat.


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