Nothing screams summertime like food on a stick. We wove pineapple, chicken and veggies with strips of smoky bacon and slathered on an irresistible sweet and sticky Hawaiian sauce. It’s time to fire up the grill—like now.
It’s not just that the bacon itself tastes divine. Woven around the other ingredients on the skewer, it naturally bastes the pineapple, chicken and veggies during the grilling process so that each morsel is infused with bacon goodness. The Hawaiian sauce is quick and easy to make, but can also be made in advance. While our recipe uses chicken, pineapple, red bell peppers, and onions, you can use whatever vegetables you want. If using wooden skewers, be sure to have soaked them in water for at least 20 minutes.
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
1 large pineapple, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 large onion, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
12 strips of thick cut bacon
FOR THE HAWAIIAN SAUCE:
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 long skewers
- To make the Hawaiian sauce: Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes. Set-aside until ready to use.
- Thread the skewers. Weave the bacon around each piece of chicken and pineapple, stick the bell pepper and onion together and weave the bacon around both of those. You’ll need two strips of bacon per skewer if using 4 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces each of pineapple, bell pepper and onion. Brush some olive or vegetable oil evenly over each kabob.
- Preheat the grill to medium high. Grill the kabobs for 10-15, turning a couple of times, until done.
Slather with hot Hawaiian sauce and serve immediately.