chicken bacon kabobs

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
CherylRedes avatar
By Cheryl Redes
from Warren, MI

This quick and easy tropical treat is sure to delight your family or guests at your next grilled lunch or dinner!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Thanks to the pineapple and sweet apricot glaze, these chicken kabobs have a tropical feel. This recipe has a few unusual steps, like soaking the chicken in cranberry juice, but the end result is worth the effort. The chicken kabobs are a nice combination of sweet and savory. When you get a bite of bacon it's a surprise. Apricot jam not only adds sweetness, but the sugars caramelize and give the kabobs a nice sticky texture. The glaze really makes these kabobs. All the flavors pair perfectly and would be great for any cookout or summer dinner.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For chicken bacon kabobs

  • 8
    skewers
  • 4
    skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 slice
    bacon
  • 1
    green bell pepper
  • 1
    fresh cut pineapple
  • 2 c
    cranberry juice
  • 1 c
    apple juice
  • 2 c
    apricot jam
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried

How To Make chicken bacon kabobs

Test Kitchen Tips
If you have an issue snaking the chicken, just cut each chicken strip and bacon into pieces. Then assemble on the skewer - chicken, bacon, pineapple, and bell pepper; repeat 3 times. Cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken chunks.
  • Soaking skewers in apple juice.
    1
    Soak the skewers for about 30 minutes in the apple juice. (This helps the skewers not to burn and infuses the apple flavor into the chicken kabobs.)
  • Cutting chicken into strips.
    2
    Take the skinless chicken breast and cut the long way into 1 1/2 inch thick strips until you have 8 chicken strips. (You can also purchase them already cut.) Cut away any remaining fat or skin. Clean the chicken thoroughly.
  • Soaking chicken in cranberry juice.
    3
    Soak the chicken in cranberry juice for 30 minutes.
  • Cutting pineapple and pepper into chunks.
    4
    While the skewers and chicken are soaking, cut the fresh pineapple and green bell pepper into 8 bite-size chunks. (You can use canned pineapple chunks.)
  • Mixing seasonings in a bowl.
    5
    Mix all the seasonings together in a small bowl.
  • Seasoning both sides of the chicken.
    6
    Season the chicken liberally on all sides.
  • Chicken, bacon, pepper, and pineapple on skewers.
    7
    Once everything has been soaking/seasoned and cut into bite-size chunks, you're ready to begin assembling the kabobs. Pierce one end of a chicken strip with a skewer. Then pierce one end of a bacon strip and lay over the chicken. Allow both chicken and bacon strip to lay to one side of the skewer. Add a chunk of pineapple and a chunk of green bell pepper to the skewer. Snake the chicken and bacon strips over the chunks, then repeat adding the chunks until all the chicken and bacon strip is assembled on the skewer.
  • Repeating on all the skewers.
    8
    Repeat for the remaining skewers.
  • Grilling the skewers.
    9
    Now that all the skewers have been assembled, place the chicken bacon kabobs on the grill, preheated medium to low. Grill 15-20 minutes turning halfway through the cooking process.
  • Heating apricot jam in a saucepan.
    10
    While kabobs are on the grill, prepare the glaze. Reduce apricot jam on low heat, stirring often.
  • Brushing glaze on the chicken kabobs.
    11
    Once the kabobs are done grilling, brush the jam over the kabobs. Turn them and brush the other side allowing the kabobs to cook with the glaze for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and enjoy! :)
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT