Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers marinate in the very best homemade hawaiian teriyaki sauce!  Loaded with peppers, fresh pineapple and red onions, these make an incredible and vibrant meal! 

These look so pretty and vibrant waiting to go onto the grill! Grilled Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad or Hawaiian Style Garlic Shrimp are some fun recipes that will add to your next barbecue.

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Spring finally decided to make its debut here this past week and we were so excited to come out of hibernation.  Spring time here in Utah can be quite difficult.  You get just a little glimpse of warmth and sun and then it snows.  But last week it was sunny and nice for an entire week!  So nice that we had to crank the air conditioner on.

We spend as much time outside when the sun comes out and we especially look forward to throwing something delicious on the BBQ.  My homemade hawaiian teriyaki sauce is the bomb.  I have never tasted anything so good and my family always raves over it.  It is a definite tried and true recipe at our house and took these Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers to the next level!

I love cooking skewers on the grill and wanted to add bright colored peppers, red onions, and pineapple with this delicious chicken.  I love, love, love grilled peppers and grilled pineapple so you know that this was an instant favorite for me!

As soon as they came off of the grill you slather some more of this thick and delicious Hawaiian teriyaki sauce on top and serve them right away.  You guys.  These were SO good!!  Your tastebuds are going to be missing out if you don’t give these a try.  Make sure that you put them on your list of delicious things to grill right away.  You will NOT regret it!

How Do You Make Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers?

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, pepper, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk into the mixture.
  • Bring to boil and boil about 1-3 minutes until the mixture just starts to thicken. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for later.
  • Marinate the chicken in the sauce in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Thread the chicken on skewers along with the peppers, red onion, and pineapple.
  • Grill for 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking. Remove from the grill and baste with reserved sauce. Garnish with green onions if desired.

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What is a Skewer?

A skewer is a thin metal or wood stick used to hold pieces of food together. The word may sometimes be used as a metonym, to refer to the entire food item served on a skewer, as in “chicken skewers”. Skewers are used while grilling or roasting meats and fish, and in other culinary applications.

How Long Do Skewers Need to Soak in Water?

While 30 minutes is the minimum, it’s best to plan ahead and soak your bamboo skewers overnight in water. It takes a long time for the skewers to soak up the water, but well-soaked skewers, which are slow to give up their moisture, will last longer on the grill without burning up.

Can You Prepare the Skewers the Night Before?

Yes! Place the skewers in the dish or pan, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably longer. I often prepare the shish kebabs the night before a dinner, so they have marinating almost 24 hours.

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How long Do You Cook Grilled Chicken?

You will want to grill the chicken a few minutes on each side. You do not want to overcook chicken. It is best to check the temperature after a few minutes and rotations.

What Temperature is Chicken Grilled at?

Test for doneness. There are two common methods of testing grilled chicken breasts for doneness. The safest and surest method is to use a digital meat thermometer. Insert the tip into the thickest part of the breast and when the internal temperature reaches 165°F, remove it from the grill.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

4.7 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers marinate in the very best homemade Hawaiian teriyaki sauce! Loaded with peppers, fresh pineapple and red onions, these make an incredible and vibrant meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 yellow red bell pepper cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 red onion cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into 1 inch cubes
  • green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, pepper, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk into the mixture.
  2. Bring to boil and boil about 1-3 minutes until the mixture just starts to thicken. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup of the sauce for later.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the sauce in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Thread the chicken on skewers along with the peppers, red onion, and pineapple.
  4. Grill for 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking. Remove from the grill and baste with reserved sauce. Garnish with green onions if desired.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Fixed these and totally loved it! Super simple, and absolutely yummy! The sauce is great!!! A definite keeper!

    1. 5 stars
      Five Stars!! Fixed these and totally loved it! Super simple, and absolutely yummy! The sauce is great!!! A definite keeper!

      1. That is awesome to hear! I am so glad you LOVED them! They are super simple and so delicious! Thank you SO much for sharing! I really appreciate it! Xo

        Your Recipe Critic,
        Alyssa

  2. Hi there! Can you tell me how many skewers this makes? Looks fab for my tropical party I’m planning. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    These dishes are very tasty, easy to make and long preserved in the refrigerator. My husband and I like it.
    We eat often. I hope you can introduce more on the page for me to learn.

    1. I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any nutritional questions. Hope you are able to find what you are looking for. Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  4. Can you use canned pineapple? These look delicious and I have all the ingredients on hand except fresh pineapple. Thanks

  5. 5 stars
    I made the Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers and they turned out Wonderful. Everyone Loved them. Nothing but compliments. . Quick and simple recipe but oh so delicious.. Will definitely make again The teriyaki sauce was amazing For now on if I need teriyaki sauce this will be my go to recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this, just like the recipe calls for a few weeks ago. Have made it twice since and am making it tonight. You can make the sauce alone and add it to chicken or shrimp. Rice and veggies on the side. My 16 and 19 year old kids ask for it. It is amazing. I’m pan browning chicken breast pieces, then adding pineapple chunks to them pan to warm them up. The teriyaki sauce will go on top. SO GOOD and easy after a long day at work.

      1. Alyssa, in earlier comments you said this made 6-8 skewers. Is it 6-8 or 10-12? Also, do you marinate just the chicken or all ingredients?
        Thanks!!

        1. Hi Mary, I am not sure where it says 10 to 12 but it is 6 to 8 full skewers. If you space them out more you could probably get more skewers with less ingredients. It also depends on using wooden skewers which are usually only 12 inches and metal ones that can be varied in size. Hope that helps! I like to marinate the chicken and then the juices will soak in on the vegetables. You can marinate it all though. It is a preference and will be great either way! Enjoy!

    1. I need to serve 14 adults. How many chicken breasts, peppers, onions, & fresh pineapple should I get? How many skewers do I need to cook?

      Thank you,

      Midge

  7. 5 stars
    I just made this for a 4th of July dinner and it was really good! The teriyaki sauce seemed a bit salty on its own, but the finished dish was seasoned perfectly, so I shouldn’t have been concerned. Having a digital meat thermometer on hand was very helpful; it took a bit longer to cook than the instructions showed, but I may not have had the grill quite as hot. Highly recommend!

  8. This is such a great and easy recipe to follow. I’m trying to get my young teens (twins yeah) to cook more with me. This is a great recipe to stand back and watch them work! Thanks!

  9. 4 stars
    It does not look like enough marinade after removing 1/4 cup, but it is! I recommend saving another tablespoon or two as I would have liked a couple more brush strokes on the skewers at the end(my skewers were long). I used chicken tender chunks,p canned pineapple (it was good and easier) and also used mushrooms and zucchini because I had them on had. I got 14 skewers – 3 pieces of chicken each with the pineapple & vegetables.
    Spray your grill well!!! I had a problem with them sticking due to the sauce.
    My son LOVED them! He said it was exotic!

  10. 3 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! Our main issue was the cook time. Only 8-10 minutes and our chicken was still incredibly raw on the inside. Similar recipes recommend 5-8 minutes on each side of the skewers which is what we ended up going with. Would definitely recommend a longer cook time!

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