Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers (and Tofu Skewers)

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers (and Tofu Skewers)

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers

It used to baffle me that so many people saw summer as the prime barbecue season. Being an Arizona native the last thing I wanted to do in summer was stand in front of a hot grill in 122 degree weather cooking. But once I grew up and ran my own kitchen the summer grilling season suddenly made sense to me. Why cook dinner in the oven, heat up your house, and put more stress on your air conditioner on a 122 degree day? Now I grill all summer long. Grilling was tough for a while because I pretty much stopped eating meat about nine years ago even though my family still eats it. I do eat meat from time to time and my family eats meat most days. But I’ve learned that doesn’t mean we can’t share a grill. Today’s recipe, Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers, can also be made using tofu. I made it both ways for you to see and to give you some variety in case you have any flexitarians like me coming over for dinner.

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 bottle of original flavor KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce
  • 6 bamboo spears that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Directions

  1. Preheat gas grill to medium heat.
  2. Cut chicken, pineapple, and bell peppers into chunks that are slightly larger than bite-sized.
  3. Put chicken pieces into a bowl and toss with barbecue sauce.
  4. Thread ingredients onto skewers. I prefer chicken, then pineapple, then pepper, repeat! Leave at least 1.5 inches of empty space on either end of the skewer.
  5. Place skewers onto grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear, turning once. Start checking for doneness after about 8 minutes.

Hawaiian BBQ Skewers (chicken and tofu)

Consider letting your kiddos help you put the ingredients on the skewers. Just be sure they understand food safety rules! The amount of ingredients you end up with after prep or even personal preference might cause you to place your ingredients onto the skewers in a different pattern and that is okay!  This is YOUR dinner. My pineapple was small or I would have put each piece of chicken between two pieces of pineapple.

Ready to cook - Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewer

I love the feeling you get when you put your dinner on the grill. Doesn’t it look beautiful?

Hawaiian BBQ Skewers on the grill

Hawaiian Barbecue Tofu Skewers

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 bottle of original flavor KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce
  • 6 bamboo spears that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Directions

  1. Preheat gas grill to medium heat.
  2. Cut tofu, pineapple, and bell peppers into chunks that are slightly larger than bite-sized.
  3. Put tofu pieces into a bowl and toss with barbecue sauce.
  4. Thread ingredients onto skewers. I prefer tofu, then pineapple, then pepper, repeat! Leave at least 1.5 inches of empty space on either end of the skewer.
  5. Place skewers onto grill and cook for 8-10 minutes done, turning once. Start checking for doneness after about 7 minutes.

Hawaiian Barbecue Tofu Skewers

There is just something special about the grill.  I often make my own grilling sauces but when I use store bought (which is so convenient) I always buy KC Masterpiece, usually the hickory and brown sugar variety. Oh yum. We also take it on camping trips and even use it as a dip for nuggets. When I think of barbecue I think of Kansas City and KC Masterpiece!

So which one for you? Chicken or tofu?

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers (with tofu option)

About Janice

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Comments

  1. That sounds delicious! Things like this go over well in my house!

  2. Yummy…Love shish kabobs, even the tofu looks good! 😉

  3. These look yummy and we are in prime grilling season. I don’t blame you for not wanting to start a grill up in Arizona I don’t think I would!

    My boys will eat just about anything on a stick I am not sure why I forget to cook more things like this.

  4. This looks really good. I have never had grilled pineapple but I hear so many people love it. I think it is time to try it and give your recipe a go!

  5. I’m totally going to make my husband grill some of these! I think the chicken/pineapple combo is going to be divine!

  6. What a refreshing idea. I would of never thought to bbq Tofu. I am definitely going to try this. A great way to sneak in the protein and I bet my family won’t notice! I just love #KCMasterpiece

  7. Tofu gets such flack from people but, honestly, if it’s prepared the right way it can be super delicious! I’ve been seeing a lot of skewer recipes online lately and I’m starting to really crave them 🙂

  8. I think I’m the only one who likes tofu in my family, so I would probably make the chicken skewers, but I think they both sound delicious.

  9. These really look tasty! I am going to do some BBQ-ing this weekend thanks to you!

  10. I don’t know much about tofu, but I’d be willing to try. I LOVE KC Masterpiece!

  11. My kids would love these. I need to make them very soon. Your photos are incredible.

  12. My nephew will be visiting in a few short weeks and he would love these. Thanks so much

  13. This recipe sounds great, I have never had tofu I thought it was meat!

  14. Yes, this looks excellent!!! Definitely going to try this during one of our BBQ’s.

  15. These both look great, but the Hawaiian ones have my mouth watering right now!

  16. Mmmm, it’s been a while since I’ve bought a pineapple, I need to – these skewers look delicious!!

  17. Those look great! I like that you used pineapple!

  18. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This really is a beautiful dish and I bet it tastes awesome! Love KC Masterpiece!!

  19. Those skewers look really good. You are making my mouth water lol!

  20. These look amazing, I bet they taste like heaven. Skewers are my favorite way to eat chicken!

  21. wonderful page and thank you for sharing looking good

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