Luau Chicken Skewer

Whether you're hosting a tropical-themed party or simply craving a taste of the islands, these skewers will transport your taste buds to paradise.
Luau Chicken Skewer recipe

As summer starts to fade into its final glorious weeks, what better way to celebrate the season than with a backyard luau-inspired feast? Picture this: the sun setting, the gentle rustle of palm trees, and the irresistible aroma of Luau Chicken Skewers wafting through the air. Whether you’re hosting a tropical-themed party or simply craving a taste of the islands, these skewers will transport your taste buds to paradise.

Crafting the Perfect Luau Chicken Skewers

The heart of any great dish lies in its ingredients, and Luau Chicken Skewers are no exception. Let’s start with the star of the show: pineapple. This juicy, tangy fruit is the essence of tropical sweetness. Its natural sugars caramelize on the grill, adding a tantalizing contrast to the savory chicken.

But we can’t forget the supporting cast – onions and peppers. These veggies bring balance and color to the skewers. The onions infuse a hint of mild sweetness, while the peppers add a touch of smokiness and vibrant flair. It’s all about creating a harmonious ensemble on each skewer. We topped ours off with a cherry tomato to hold it all together on the skewer. Seasoning the chicken just right is key –  Zipp Zapp Zopp seasoning and Mango Chipotle Spice Rub packs the punch you’re looking for. 

Mastering the Marinade

Now, let’s talk about the secret behind those mouthwatering flavors – the marinade. Think of it as a ticket to the tropics. A blend of tropical fruit juices, soy sauce, and exotic spices like our Yin & Yang Chinese 5 Spice Powder is what brings this dish together. This marinade not only infuses the chicken with incredible taste but also tenderizes it. The longer you let your skewers soak, the more flavor-packed they become. It’s a flavor explosion in the making.

A Taste of the Tropics: End of Summer Delight

Once your skewers are marinated to perfection, it’s time to hit the grill. The sizzle as the chicken makes contact with the hot grates is music to a food lover’s ears. The flames kiss the skewers, imparting a smoky essence that’s simply irresistible. Don’t forget the aroma – it’s like a tropical perfume for your backyard.

And let’s not underestimate the power of grill marks. Those beautiful charred lines not only look appetizing but also add a depth of flavor that’s unbeatable. They’re the visual cue that your skewers are ready to be devoured.

Presentation and Sides

Finally, presentation is key. Arrange your skewers with panache on a platter and garnished with fresh herbs. But a luau feast isn’t complete without some delectable sides. Consider coconut rice, a fresh fruit salad, or grilled corn on the cob. These sides round out the meal and make it a true luau experience.

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New World Spice and Tea Trader

Luau Chicken Skewers Recipe



2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

3 Bell Peppers, chopped

1 Onion, chopped

2 Cups Pineapple Chunks (reserve juice)

2 TBS Zipp Zapp Zopp seasoning

2 TBS Mango Chipotle Spice Rub

Teriyaki glaze

1 Cup Soy Sauce, reduce sodium

1 Cup Reserved Pineapple Juice

1 TBS Yin & Yang Chinese 5 Spice Powder

1 TBS Hoisin Sauce


  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all glaze ingredients to saucepan on medium high heat.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer.  Continue reducing until you have 1 cup remaining.
  3. Slice Chicken, Onion, and Peppers in 1” chunks.
  4. Place all ingredients except glaze in a bowl and thoroughly mix until well coated. Marinate for 1 – 4 hours.
  5. Start assembling your kabobs by alternating your colors & ingredients until each skewer is full.
  6. Place on grill to seer & then reduce heat to about 350 degrees.
  7. Grill approximately 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear on your chicken when cut.
  8. Brush on teriyaki glaze & cook another 5-7 minutes.
  9. Remove & enjoy immediately!


Add orange juice if not enough reserved pineapple juice.



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