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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



  • 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


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!