Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with Pineapple

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Spoon drizzling Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on a pan.

Get ready for a symphony of flavors and texture because this recipe has got it all!  My Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper are sweet, savory, tangy, and salty.  The chicken is marinated in a simple Sweet and Sour marinade so that they get the most amazing sweet and savory grill flavor.  The pineapple when grilled, intensifies into this deep flavor, that is still sweet, but somehow also savory from the grill and the caramelization of the natural sugars.  The onion and red pepper round out the flavors and textures.  The remaining sweet and sour sauce is drizzled over top for the final glazed touch.  It’s party time for your taste buds!

On the side?

Oh, but that’s not all, my friends.  You could simply make white rice with this, but in just a couple minutes more, you could have so much more.  I highly recommend serving these Chicken Kabobs on top of the most flavorful herb-i-licious Green Rice.  Make sure to check out this recipe which comes together in minutes.  Basil, chives, and spinach are blended with a touch of sour cream and mixed with fluffy white rice.  The herbs pair perfectly with the kabobs.

Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper over Green Rice with basil, chives, and spinach.

Did you know how healthy Pineapple is?

You probably knew that pineapple is a great source of vitamin C.  However, did you know that they also provide antioxidants and the enzyme bromelain, that can aid with digestion, boost immunity, and act as an anti-inflammatory.  That’s right, read more about the health benefits and then go get yourself some pineapple!  You can add any of the extra to a delicious Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado!

Spoon drizzling Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper over Green Rice with basil, chives, and spinach.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For kabobs, you do need skewers. I like metal ones vs. wood so that you don’t have to worry about them burning up. You also can wash and reuse metal ones. Flat skewers are also great so that the food doesn’t spin around. You can grill it on one side, then flip the skewer and the food flips too vs. rolls. Finally, LONG skewers are best. Look for 14″ or longer so that whether you want to grill a little or a lot of food, you have the space on the skewer. Here are some skewers that I really like!

I also like to use a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) to place the skewers as I build them.

Oh, I also like to cut my raw chicken with kitchen shears, but you can also just cut with a knife. And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHICKEN KABOBS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch cubes. You want to get at least 16 pieces (4 per skewer). Place them into a storage bag or container.Raw Chicken breast kabob pieces on a plate for Sweet and Sour sauce Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper.

Make the Sweet and Sour sauce/marinade by mixing together in a bowl, the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Sweet and Sour sauce with whisk in bowl for Sweet and Sour sauce Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper.

Then pour ONLY HALF of this over the chicken and stir to combine. Save the other half of the sauce for serving. Seal the bag or container and set aside until ready to skewer.

Raw Chicken breast kabob pieces marinating in large storage bag for Sweet and Sour sauce Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper.

Cut the onion, the red pepper, and pineapple into chunks that can be skewered.

cubed pineapple and cut red pepper and onion with skewers for Sweet and Sour sauce Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper.

Skewer the veggies, pineapple, and chicken alternating. You want 4 chicken cubes per skewer.

Raw Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on aluminum foil covered pan.

Can I make the skewers ahead?

Yes, you can create the skewers and store them in the fridge if you are able to seal them in plastic wrap to prevent air.  You can do this 2-3 days in advance if sealed tight.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN KABOBS

Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the kabobs on the grill.

Raw Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on gas grill..

The chicken needs about 6 minutes per side to cook completely through to 165 F degrees internal temp. After 6 minutes, flip the kabobs over.

Flipping over Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on gas grill..

While the kabobs are cooking, pour the remaining sweet and sour sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour into a serving bowl.

Sweet and sour sauce in a small pot on stove for Sweet and Sour sauce Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper.

Drizzle the Sweet and Sour over the cooked kabobs and enjoy!

Spoon drizzling Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on a pan.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper on a pan.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs with Pineapple

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs have pineapple, onion, and red pepper for sweet, savory, tangy, and salty flavors.  Chicken is marinated in a Sweet and Sour marinade so that when it's grilled, it gets the most amazing sweet and savory grill flavor.  The grilled pineapple intensifies into this deep flavor, that is still sweet, but somehow also savory from the grill and the caramelization of the natural sugars.  The onion and red pepper round out the flavors and textures with a bit of fresh crunch. #chickenkabobs #grilledchicken #hawaiianchicken #sweetandsourchicken #pineapple

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, kabobs, sweet and sour
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 829 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1.5 lb Chicken Breasts, skinless, boneless (about 3 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine or White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Other Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pineapple
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Onion

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch cubes. You want to get at least 16 pieces (4 per skewer). Place them into a storage bag or container.

  2. Make the Sweet and Sour sauce/marinade by mixing together in a bowl, the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Then pour ONLY HALF of this over the chicken and stir to combine. Save the other half of the sauce for serving. Seal the bag or container and set aside until ready to skewer.

  3. Cut the onion, the red pepper, and pineapple into chunks that can be skewered.

  4. Skewer the veggies, pineapple, and chicken alternating. You want 4 chicken cubes per skewer.

Cook your Kabobs

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the kabobs on the grill.

  2. The chicken needs about 6 minutes per side to cook completely through to 165 F degrees internal temp. After 6 minutes, flip the kabobs over.

  3. While the kabobs are cooking, pour the remaining sweet and sour sauce into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour into a serving bowl.

  4. Drizzle the Sweet and Sour over the cooked kabobs and enjoy!

Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

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Two Taco Chicken Burgers on wood platter with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Welcome to my taco obsession and it’s spillage into every type of food that I make! This recipe was a successful experiment in how tacos can transform into the most incredible burger.  This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It is chock full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you’ve got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  I mean, c’mon, you’ve got to try this!

You know what else is great about these burgers?  You can make a double batch and freeze them raw individually.  Once frozen, you can combine them in an airtight container and store for up to 4 months in the freezer.  Want more freezer hacks?  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Hand holding half of a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

HEALTHIER BURGERS!

We all want to indulge a little during the summer, especially when it comes to grilling and eating outside.  But, indulging doesn’t have to be unhealthy.  You can have a fantastic treat that’s good for you too!  It’s all about balance.  And that’s just what we have here.  

For starters, I’ve replaced the higher calorie beef with very lean white meat chicken.  Next, I added tons of flavor with seasonings and fresh cilantro and scallion to the lean chicken so that you don’t miss anything.  Now, I did add cheese to the top of this guy, but it’s about balance, right?  Lettuce, tomato, and Guacamole are the balance.  The Guacamole has avocado and we all know the health benefits of avocados!  They are loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  They have protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.  And they contain more potassium than a banana!  Here are two more recipes with avocado:  Roasted Cumin Carrots with Avocado Crema and Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado and Red Peppers.

Hand putting lettuce on a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions, cheese, guacamole, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

The only thing you really need for this recipe is something to cook the burgers on. Ideally, this would be a grill of some sort, either outdoor or stovetop grill. If you don’t have a grill available, you can sear the burgers in a hot skillet or frying pan. Cover them to finish cooking through or put in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead. (See full recipe below)

Start by mixing the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.  

Moving on to Taco Chicken burger itself.  I love to add fresh cilantro and scallions to it.  You can go heavier or lighter, but this is really the perfect amount in the recipe.  Next, add in the spices and seasonings: Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, salt.

Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking.

Hand holding a raw chicken patty for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Can I use store bought taco seasoning? 

Sure can!  However, I would say to test cook a tsp of the burger mixture before adding the salt.  Many taco seasonings already have a fair amount of salt in them and if you add more, it could end up being incredibly salty.  To test, just add the teaspoon of mixture to a skillet to cook.

How do I freeze the burgers?

You can freeze the raw patties individually and then store them airtight in the freezer.  This is done easily on a sheet pan in the freezer.  Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container.  You can also store in the fridge or freeze using aluminum foil or parchment paper cut into patty-size squares to separate the burgers and then stack, seal and freeze them. 

Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

They will last for up to 4 months in the freezer.  You need to defrost them in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking.

COOK YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE 

When you are ready to cook the burgers, you can make the guacamole.  This unfortunately, is not a step that can be done in advance as the avocado starts to oxidize and turn brown once exposed to air.  

Knife removing seed from half avocado for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Mixed Guacamole for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

How long does it take to cook the burgers?

The burgers take about 5 minutes per side on an outdoor hot grill. 

Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

On a stovetop grill or in a skillet you will want to first get a good sear on both sides for about 2 minutes each.  Then cover the burgers to finish cooking through, about 4-5 minutes.  You can use aluminum foil to cover.

For any method, you want to ensure that the internal temp reaches 165 F degrees.

Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato,lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! 

Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Taco Chicken Burger cut in half with a bite taken out on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
Taco Chicken Burger cut in half on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
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Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It's chock-full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you've got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  #healthyrecipes #chickenburger #turkeyburger #mexicanfood #familydinnerideas #healthydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers, grilling, ground chicken, mexican burger
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Burgers
Calories 690 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Taco Chicken Burgers

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken, white meat
  • 4 Scallion
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder (or paprika)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Olive Oil Spray

Guacamole

  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Burger Toppings

  • 6 Burger Buns
  • 6-12 Slices Monterey Jack Cheese (or Pepper Jack or Cheddar)
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tomatoes, large (for slicing)
  • 1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Mix the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.

  2. Chop the cilantro and slice the scallions for both the burgers and for the guacamole. You can store the guacamole ingredients in the fridge until you are ready to make it.

  3. Make the burgers by placing the ground chicken into a large mixing bowl and then adding the cilantro, scallion, and the remaining spices and seasonings. Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

    Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Make the Guac and Cook the Burgers

  1. Get the toppings ready…slice the tomatoes,shred the lettuce, pull out the buns.

  2. Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a medium mixing bowl and mash it to desired consistency (I like small chunks).  Add the chopped cilantro, sliced scallion,and juice from half of a lime.  Mix to combine.  Add salt to taste.

    Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  3. Before cooking/grilling your burgers, spray with Olive Oil Spray so that the burgers do not stick. Cook your burgers on the grill high heat.  It should take 5 minutes on each side for an outdoor gas or charcoal grill.  Test the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 F degrees.  At the last minute, add the cheese if you want it to be melted down.

    Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  4. Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! Enjoy

    Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!