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BBQ Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

These pineapple chicken kebabs are simple BBQ fodder and are loaded with the sweet and sour flavours more commonly associated with a Chinese Takeaway!

Portrait image of bbq pineapple chicken kebabs served on a chopping board with a BBQ sauce, side salad and pickles

BBQ Pineapple Chicken Kebabs.

Kebab recipes are pretty common fodder when it comes to BBQ food. My BBQ pineapple chicken kebabs take a pretty common theme and puts a slant on them.

Your average pineapple chicken kabab will be loaded with BBQ sauce, now I like BBQ Sauce. I love it, there are a host of recipes here ranging from my BBQ Stuffed Onions through to my meatballs in a beer and BBQ sauce.

This kebab recipe though goes in a completely different direction. When I think pineapple chicken my mind automatically leaps to Chinese food.

More specifically it leaps to sweet and sour chicken (or pork). So these BBQ chicken kebabs are glazed in a sweet ad sour sauce. A sauce tweaked a little from my ever-popular sweet and sour chicken recipe.

So yeah this is like a Chinese takeaway sweet and sour pineapple chicken kebab. Fusion food at its very best, they are wonderfully sticky, tasty and really simple.

Overhead portrait image of bbq pineapple chicken kebabs served on a chopping board with a BBQ sauce, side salad and pickles

BBQ Kebab Recipes.

Kebabs work so very well on the BBQ, the stick forms a perfect handle, stopping you being the target for wasps. Let’s face it those buggers love the sweet sticky stuff!

These grilled kebabs are not the first here on Krumpli and they certainly will not be the last. My favourites are this BBQ duck kebabs with orange, but my friend Whitney also kindly guest posted these Indian Tikka Kebabs.

There is no real secret to cooking kebabs on the bbq. It is a simple matter of making sure you combine things that cook at roughly the same pace.

These pineapple chicken kebabs have large cubes of pineapple that is perfectly softened by the time the chicken is cooked through.

This kebab recipe works a reverse sear approach. Begining to cook the kebabs naked apart from salt and Szechuan pepper over indirect heat. They are then transferred to the direct heat, brushed with the sauce and caramelised.

This gives you complete control over the cooking of the chicken!

Pineapple chicken kebabs being coated in a bbq sauce cooking on a grill.

The Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe.

This sweet and sour sauce recipe is everything you would expect from a great Chinese sweet and sour sauce.

Like many Western sweet and sour sauce recipes, it begins with tomato ketchup.

Then we have the stalwarts of the Asian kitchen, Soy Sauce, Chinkiang Vinegar and mirin. Add a bit of sugar and cornstarch to thicken and you are away.

Of course, you can make this sauce up in advance but it is also really simple to make on the BBQ. Simply add everything to a pan and heat on the BBQ, just be careful of the heat on that handle!

You could easily add big chunks of pepper to these chicken kebabs if you wanted. You will then have the full-on Chinese sweet and sour chicken effect cooked on your BBQ in Kebab form. Cool hey?

Square portrait image of bbq pineapple chicken kebabs served on a chopping board with a BBQ sauce, side salad and pickles
Yield: 2 Servings

BBQ Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These pineapple chicken kebabs are simple BBQ fodder and are loaded with the sweet and sour flavours more commonly associated with a Chinese Takeaway!


  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1/2 Pineapple
  • 400 g Chicken Breast
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Szechuan Pepper

For The Sweet And Sour Sauce.

  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 50 ml Water
  • 50 ml Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour, Cornstarch in the US


  1. If using bamboo skewers soak in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut your red onion into wedges and break into leaves, cut the outer leaves in half to reduce size.
  3. Chop your pineapple into large chunks 2.5-3cm in size.
  4. Cut your chicken breast into the same size as the pineapple.
  5. Place the chicken, pineapple and chicken in a bowl and pour over the oil and Szechuan pepper and mix.
  6. Alternate these onto your skewers and place over the indirect heat zone of your hot barbecue and cook for 10 minutes, flipping over after 5.
  7. Whilst the skewers are cooking combine the water with the cornflour for the sauce and set aside.
  8. Add the remaining sauce ingredients to a pan and stir.
  9. After 10 minutes open your grill and place the pan over the direct heat and bring to a boil.
  10. When boiling add in the cornstarch and water mixture and stir until the sauce begins to thicken.
  11. Transfer the skewers to the direct heat and baste with the sauce.
  12. Keep basting and spinning in order to get a nice caramelised colour and to finish cooking your chicken, this should take another 5-10 minutes.
  13. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 2351mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 66g

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Kate | The Veg Space

Thursday 14th of June 2018

Loving the Chinese takeaway combination of flavours here, what a fab idea! I bet your BBQs are amazing!

Brian Jones

Friday 15th of June 2018

Thanks Kate :D

Shashi at SavorySpin

Thursday 14th of June 2018

Loving this idea of Chinese takeout in kebab form! That pineapple bbq sauces sounds heavenly! Cannot wait to try these out soon!!

Brian Jones

Friday 15th of June 2018

Thanks Shashi, enjoy!


Thursday 14th of June 2018

These sound absolutely Delicious! Love the sweet and sour, and I'm ready for summer grilling recipes! I'm totally going to have to go check out those duck kebabs and I am in love with duck.

Brian Jones

Friday 15th of June 2018

Thanks Danielle, I hear you on duck, I love the stuff too!


Thursday 14th of June 2018

Love the sound of this - you're right that the second I think of pineapple in savoury food I think of Chinese cuisine! Will be trying these this weekend :-D

Brian Jones

Friday 15th of June 2018

Enjoy Emma, a really simple riff on a Chinese takeaway :D

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Thursday 14th of June 2018

Hoping the weather clears up soon for a BBQ so I can give these a try, they look and sound so delicious and packed full of flavour!

Brian Jones

Friday 15th of June 2018

We are in full season here, glorious weather apart from the last two days... Hopefully yours catches up soon!