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Grilled BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Spiced chicken, peppers, onions and bacon are skewered, basted with bbq sauce, and grilled to perfection!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken kebab, chicken skewers, grilled chicken recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

SPICE RUB

  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion flakes (or onion powder)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • heaping 1/4 tsp black pepper

CHICKEN KABOBS

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 -1 inch pieces
  • red onion, peeled and cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces
  • fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces
  • 8-12 slices center cut bacon, cut into 3 shorter pieces
  • 1/2 cup your favorite bbq sauce
  • minced fresh parsley, for garnish
  • pinch of black pepper, for garnish

Instructions

  • If using metal skewers, no prep is needed.  If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes so they don't burn too much.
  • Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine.  
  • Add chicken pieces, bacon and oil in a mixing bowl and toss with about 2/3 of the rub. I like to use my hands to really massage the rub into the meat.
  • To another mixing bowl, add green pepper, onion, and pineapple. Toss with remaining rub.
  • Wrap bacon pieces around the chicken, in a "C" shape, with the chicken inside.  Thread bacon wrapped chicken, peppers, onion, and pineapple onto kabob skewers, alternating as desired.

TO GRILL:

  • Lightly oil grill grates and heat over MED-HIGH heat.  Grill kabobs 8-11 minutes, turning every few minutes, until cooked through and lightly charred on all sides.  Baste with bbq sauce on both sides and cook 1 additional minute on each side to caramelize.  
  • Once cooked (using either method), sprinkle kabobs with a bit of fresh parsley and extra black pepper (if desired). Serve with extra bbq sauce and enjoy!

TO BROIL (OVEN):

  • Heat broiler to HIGH, line a baking sheet (with a rim) with foil.  Line up kabobs and broil 10-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Baste with bbq sauce on both sides and broil 1-2 minutes on each side to caramelize.
  • Once cooked (using either method), sprinkle kabobs with a bit of fresh parsley and extra black pepper (if desired).  Serve with extra bbq sauce and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1204mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg