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Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs on a small square white plate, one skewer and loose chicken and pineapple pieces

Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs

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A simple marinade transforms ordinary boneless, skinless chicken into these splendid Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs! Hello, barbecue season!!

We grill all summer long and get in a burger rut. A simple chicken marinade recipe makes for one memorable meal you’ll want to repeat again and again!

Skewered Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs skewered on a white platter

Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs

I was entertaining my book club earlier this month and always need to have a theme for my spread. Our reading selection was set in 4 regions, the Middle East, Greece, London, and San Francisco. I made Mediterranean beef kabobs along with these not so traditional, yet irresistible,  honey glazed chicken kabobs.

Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs on a small square white plate, one skewer and loose chicken and pineapple pieces

Marinating Chicken

Marinating chicken infuses flavor deep into the meat along with tenderizing. A fabulous chicken marinade can change boring chicking into an extraordinary entree. Beware, when marinating shrimp or chicken, as you can over-marinate, making your protein mushy.

Six hours or even overnight should be fine for these kabobs. Feel free to shake up what you skewer in addition to the chicken. The hubby would prefer no pineapple, but I was happy to eat his share! If Thai is your thing, check out this fabulous grilled chicken with an Asian twist.

PRO Tips for Making Chicken Kabobs

Grilling chicken takes some extra finesse as you definitely want to avoid dry, overcooked meat! These tips will help you be a grilling pro!

  • Marinades add moisture, by the process called osmosis. Remember high school biology?? If not, I promise that the marinade will infuse both flavor and moisture into the chicken.
  • Marinate chicken for about 6 hours. Beef can handle a longer marinating time, but you don’t want the acids in the marinade to make the chicken mushy by leaving it for more than 12 hours.
  • Place the marinade into a non reactive container, like plastic or glass. Aluminum will react with the acids in your marinade. I prefer using a gallon Ziploc freezer bag.
  • Flip the chicken at least once during the marinating time so that all pieces have time to absorb the some of the liquid. The freezer bag makes the meat easy to turn.
  • Marinate your chicken in the refrigerator to minimize any bacterial growth. Keep it covered or sealed in a freezer bag.
  • If you want to serve with leftover marinade, make sure to boil it as it has been contaminated with raw chicken.
  • If you’re unsure if your chicken is completely cooked, use anInstant Thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be at least 160 degrees for white meat.
Plated Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs on a small white plate with a serving platter in the background

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Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs

An easy, flavorful recipe for grilled chicken kabobs! Adapted from All-Recipes.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces cubes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 half pineapple, cored, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks


  1. In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic. Place the chicken into a gallon ziplock bag and add the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours, flipping the bag at least once.
  2. When ready to grill, thread the marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple onto skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before using so they won't burn).
  3. Grill until chicken is just cooked though. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 951mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 76g


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36 comments on “Honey Glazed Chicken Kabobs”

  1. A perfect dish for a summer evening, looks delicious.

  2. They look great, I see some kabobs in my near future! Happy Memorial Day Weekend:@)

  3. Sweet, salty and juicy…these chicken skewers look delicious, Liz.

  4. I love the sweetness on chicken these would fly off the table!

  5. I love how colorful these are…. never thought to put pineapple in with the mix. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. My husband just said we need to grill out kabobs soon–I think I found dinner for this week!

  7. Food on a stick is always a hit in my house! These look so tasty!

  8. These are so perfect and easy to eat for any summer party.

  9. Love honey in a glaze – look tasty!

  10. I love kabobs. They’re so fun and delicious.

  11. What a great combo you have going! Love how caramelly honey gets on the grill

  12. Great spring or summer meal…yummy!

  13. These are all great and perfect for a summer holiday or any time! We love kabobs, especially our grandson does. Food on a stick. Thanks!

  14. Love these kabobs Liz, they look delicious and flavorful. Sounds like a fun book club.

  15. I’m curious as to what book your group is reading. Very interested, too, in the honey glazed kabobs…which remind me a bit of Japanese yakitori =)

  16. These great looking kabobs remind of a dish I used to eat in Germany decades ago. It was called Hawaiian toast. In those days we only had canned sliced pineapples and it was considered a delicacy. A slice of toast was grilled with a piece of ham, pineapple and cheese. I loved it . I am making your kabobs very soon .

  17. Love the colourful treat, dear! xoxo

  18. What a beautiful pairing of fresh flavours, I’m sure your book club loved them.

  19. These look so tender and juicy! I could eat at least 2 maybe 3 !!!

  20. Dear Lizzy, These are perfect to kick off the bbq season! Hope your weekend was wonderful. xoxo Catherine

  21. I love grilling season just so I can find recipes like this one! Thanks for sharing Liz!

  22. Oh wow these kebabs looks amazin, I love the pineapple. great tip not to over marinate Liz. just dusted off the BBQ at the cottage this weekend.

  23. I love the lineup of recipes! Even though I’m surrounded by pictures of food I am sometimes at a loss for Sunday supper. I have a few of these selections bookmarked and I’m also pretty excited to try these kabobs!

  24. Kabobs are one of my favorite things to grill in the summer. Honey glazed chicken sounds wonderful and I would love the pineapple too.

  25. This is on our menu for our Father’s Day BBQ! I love how simple and easy it is. Thanks for a great recipe!

  26. Such a great recipe for the whole year. Love all the helpful tips too. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Spectacular kabob recipe!

  28. these look so tasty!

  29. Love the combo of umami and sweetness. So delicious!

  30. The flavor combinations are so good on this meal! 

  31. This would be great to try this weekend!

  32. These would be perfect for grilling this weekend!

  33. Great grilling recipe for chicken!

  34. The marinade gives the chicken so much flavor, great recipe!

  35. My husband just made these for us AGAIN! It’s my favorite marinade!

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