Caribbean Citrus Habanero Chicken Skewers


Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers… marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

Taste the Caribbean flavors in these citrus habanero chicken skewers… marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

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Let’s spice things up a bit, shall we?  I’m talking habanero hot sauce spicy!  If you know me, you know I usually don’t do very spicy foods, as I am a spice WIMP… so I came up with a marinade that combines orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, fresh herbs and some delicious El Yucateco Caribbean habanero hot sauce.  It has some heat, but it’s a yummy sweet and flavorful heat, not just “set your mouth on fire so you can’t taste”, heat 🙂

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

This is the type of meal that just practically begs to be grilled.  The flavors intensify and that smoky charred flavor works so perfectly here!

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

I chose to serve my chicken skewer-style and add some sweet yellow onions, red bell peppers, and pieces of pineapple.  They add a nice flavor, as well as a beautiful presentation.  If you’d like, you could grill your chicken and fruits/veggies separately.  It’s actually a little easier that way, since you don’t have to worry about your veggies/fruit being overdone while you wait for the chicken to cook through.

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

This marinade comes together really quickly, then you just add your chicken and let those flavors marry for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours before you grill it.  Obviously, the longer you marinate, the stronger the flavor will be in the chicken 🙂

I like to cut my chicken into 1 inch pieces before I marinate them, it makes it a lot easier to get them on the skewers… plus you don’t need to marinate them as long as a whole chicken breast!  I wouldn’t go much farther than the 2 hours of marinating time though, because the citrus juice can actually start to toughen your chicken or “cook” it.  However, if you left the chicken breasts whole, you could marinate for a longer time.

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

Citrus-y, herb-y, smoky, spicy perfection!!  Want to know my secret weapon for these chicken skewers?

El Yucateco Caribbean Hot Sauce!  This stuff is magic in a bottle you guys.  I can’t lie, it’s got a kick… (I downed a glass of water eating one skewer lol), but it has great flavor to go with it.  My husband is CRAZY about this sauce, and thinks I’m nuts for thinking it’s spicy, so it’s all subjective 🙂

I think the honey tames the heat down a bit.  But if you’re worried about the heat, you could use less than I did, or even add a little coconut milk to the marinade.

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

This is one grilling recipe that will “wow” anyone you grill it for!  The chicken stays nice and tender/juicy/flavorful by basting it with the marinade as it grills.

To do this, you have two options.  After you whisk together your marinade, you can reserve out about 1/3 cup and keep it in a separate container in the refrigerator until you need to baste with it.  Or you’ll have great intentions of doing that, but forget and plop all the chicken in the marinade and THEN remember you wanted to save some aside.  Sigh.  However, you can fix it!  When it comes time to skewer your chicken, pour the chicken and marinade through a strainer that’s over a mixing bowl.  The chicken will stay in the strainer and your marinade will be in the mixing bowl below.  Just pour that in a small saucepan and bring it to a light boil and boil it for about 10 minutes or so (to cook off any bacteria from the raw chicken), and baste away 🙂

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

You could serve these bad boys with just about anything, but my personal favorite is this pineapple coconut cashew rice, or these slow cooker roasted mushrooms!

If you’re using metal, re-usable skewers, you don’t need any prep for that, just go ahead and slide the ingredients right on the skewer.  If you’ll be using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20-30 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill!

For a kid-friendly version, you could omit the hot sauce all together 🙂

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!

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Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!
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Caribbean Citrus Habanero Chicken Skewers
4 -6 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Taste the Caribbean in these citrus habanero chicken skewers... marinated chicken, onions, peppers, and pineapple.. all grilled to smoky charred perfection!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 8-9 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1"
  • 2 pieces yellow or sweet onions diced into 1"
  • 2 pieces red or green bell peppers diced into 1"
  • pieces Fresh pineapple diced into 1" (I bought some already diced from my grocery store)
  • MARINADE:
  • 3 tsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice fresh is best, but good quality bottled juice is okay
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp El Yucateco Caribbean Hot Sauce more or less for your tastes
  • 2 1/2 tsp fresh thyme minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh oregano minced
  • 5 Tbsp honey more or less to your tastes
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add marinade ingredients and whisk to combine well. Remove about 1/3 cup and place into an airtight container and refrigerate. Set aside the remaining marinade.
  2. Trim chicken breasts of fat and dice into 1" pieces.
  3. Add to bowl with the marinade and toss to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  4. Dice onion, pepper and pineapple into 1" pieces and set aside.
  5. Preheat grill over MED heat.
  6. Make skewers by alternating chicken, onion, bell pepper and pineapple.
  7. Grill, basting with reserved marinade, for several minutes per side, until chicken is cooked through.
Recipe Notes

** if you're going to be basting with the marinade that had RAW chicken in it, you need to boil it for 10 minutes before basting with it!
** Recipe makes enough to feed a crowd, but can be halved for an average family size
** these go amazingly well with some tropical pineapple coconut cashew rice

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46 comments on “Caribbean Citrus Habanero Chicken Skewers”

  1. Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for newbie blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.|

    • Hi there 🙂 I get hundreds and hundreds of spam comments daily, so it’s entirely possible that your first comment got caught up in that and deleted 🙁 Blogging can be an amazing creative outlet… and I’m not sure what type of blog you’re wanting to start… but my advice would be just to go for it 🙂 Everyone starts somewhere and over time, your readership will grow. There are a lot of great blogging platforms out there, but I personally love wordpress. Best of luck to you!

  2. These look perfect for a Summer meal! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  3. Gorgeous pictures, fabulous marinade – looks like a tasty meal! Thanks again for stopping by #TryaBiteTuesday and sharing another delicious recipe! Have a fabulous week – hope to see you again next week!

  4. These look delicious! Perfect for summer.

  5. Amanda I cannot get over how gorgeous these pictures are!!! Stunning! And this marinade does look really fantastic! I think habaneros are unique because they actually taste good… they aren’t just hot. I’m sure the flavor on these babies is fantastic!

    • Thank you SO much Mila!! I’ve been finally shooting in full manual mode and was able to make the most of some gorgeous natural light that day 🙂 These are already on our meal list for this week again lol 🙂

  6. Oh wow!!! This looks insanely good, Amanda!! Want some now! 😀

  7. I’m always on the lookout for new marinades!!!!! This looks incredible! I love the pictures too, as always ! Definitely pinning!! 🙂

  8. these are so perfect for a summer Cookout! Pinning for later 🙂

  9. I love spicy food! Must try this recipe. Soon.

  10. This is a great recipe for the grill. I love the flavours and spice you have in it. And thanks for the tip about cooking the marinade to use afterwards – I had never thought of that but it does make perfect sense.

  11. These look soooo good! I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy things too, but it’s sooo much better if there’s a lot of flavour too!

  12. YUM!! I love this Amanda! A spicy sauce is exactly the kind that our family would go for too! Im going to look for it 🙂
    There’s something insanely delicious about skewered food right? 🙂

  13. You had me at habanero!!! Cannot wait to give these delicious skewers a try!!!

  14. Just looking at these pictures has me Wow-d! I simply love that spicy citrus marinade! What a winner

  15. Love the kick of flavor in this marinade! Skewers are my favorite grilling food. I’ll be trying this version next!

  16. This marinade looks awesome Amanda, I love the different blend of flavors 😉

  17. We love spicy in our house! I am going to add this to the menu for our next BBQ.

  18. Yum! I actually love spicy food, but definitely not the kind that has no flavor and just tears up your mouth. These skewers sound right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

  19. What sweet, spicy, and finger looking good deliciousness! And I love that it’s pretty quick and easy to make! I be this marinade would do well pre-made and frozen for busy nights!

  20. Beautiful pics and recipe!thanks

  21. What a fantastic marinade! It looks and sounds so flavoursome.

  22. This looks delicious! I like heat but not like my husband. I like a kick after the flavor.

  23. What a delightful combination and the pictures are beautiful thanks for participating in this shop #client