Hawaiian Chicken Skewers
I was excited when Pampered Chef contacted me to do a product review and giveaway* – they have some fantastic kitchen products! I knew you all would be excited too. Since my Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce were such a big hit, I’ve been on a huge kebab kick. The marinade for this Hawaiian Chicken Skewers recipe is super flavorful and the chicken turns out moist and delicious. It’s a perfect complement for the grilled pineapple. If you’re excited to make this recipe but don’t have skewers, don’t fret! You could easily marinate the chicken breasts whole and grill them and the pineapple (as slices) and serve them together on a bun or as-is with a side of veggies and/or rice. These Hawaiian Chicken Skewers are super filling and delicious any way you serve them!
Pampered Chef sent me some products to make this recipe and I was very impressed. When it comes to mincing garlic, I’m always torn. My normal garlic press seems to leave a lot of the garlic behind – what a waste! Alternatively, mincing it by hand is a pain. The Pampered Chef Garlic Smash & Paste is great because it’s fast and easy to use and I got to use the entire clove – problem solved! I also used the Pampered Chef Ginger Grater and to be honest, I was super skeptical at first. Usually I grate ginger using my box grater and I thought “why would I need an entirely separate grater just for ginger?” I am eating my words now though because this works about a zillion times better. Whereas the ginger always gets stringy and hard to grate on my box grater, this grater broke that chunk of ginger down with ease and no stringy parts getting in the way. I will definitely use this again!
The Pampered Chef product I was most excited to use was the Fruit and Cheese Cutter. As soon as I saw it I thought “I could make my own Edible Arrangements!!” How fun is that? The cutter comes with four shapes (flower, heart, triangle and square). I wasn’t sure if it would cut through pineapple because the cutters don’t seem sharp at all, but it actually worked great. It was fun to have pineapple flowers to go on the Hawaiian themed skewers!
Just a note about the nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points for this recipe: If you plug the full amounts of the marinade ingredients listed into a nutrition calculator you will get different nutrition info than I have listed. Since so much of the marinade gets thrown out, I decided to weigh the marinade before adding the chicken and then again after removing the chicken the next day. More than ¾ of the marinade was still in the bag so when I calculated the nutritional values I only plugged in ¼ of the amounts of each marinade ingredient. The totals below should be pretty accurate reflections of what actually makes it onto your plate!
*I have been selected by The Pampered Chef to be an ambassador for their new products. While I have received product in exchange for my post, my opinions are my own and I have not been paid to post positive comments.
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completed skewers before cooking
Hawaiian Chicken Skewers
Yield: 4 (two 12” skewers) servings
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 oz canned pineapple juice
- ¼ cup light coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (I used the Pampered Chef Garlic Smash & Paste to mince the garlic and it was super easy)
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger (I used the Pampered Chef Ginger Grater to grate the ginger and it worked awesome)
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 lb fresh pineapple, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used Pampered Chef Fruit & Cheese Cutter to cut them into fun Hawaiian flowers!)
- 1 ½ pounds (24 oz) raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
- You’ll also need 12” skewers – if using wooden skewers you should soak them in water for about 30 minutes before use
- To create the marinade, combine the soy sauce, pineapple juice, coconut milk, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and scallions and mix thoroughly. Pour marinade into a gallon Ziploc bag and add chicken. Seal bag and shake to coat chicken in the marinade. Place the bag in the refrigerator so that the chicken is covered in the marinade and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (but can marinate longer – I let it marinate overnight and the chicken was super flavorful).
- Pre-heat the grill until hot. Divide the chicken and pineapple evenly onto the eight skewers. Place the skewers directly on the grill or a skewer rack over the grill over low heat. We made some using the Pampered Chef BBQ Corn & Skewer Rack and some directly on the grill. Both worked well – it just depends on whether you prefer char marks or not! Depending on your grill, cooking times may vary. On our 4-burner grill the chicken skewers cooked in about 10 minutes, so I suggest cooking yours for about 5-6 minutes and then flipping them and continuing to cook until chicken is cooked through.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
1 per (2 skewer) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com), a serving was 3 SP on the previous program
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per (2 skewer) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
This points value was determined using the Weight Watchers recipe builder and therefore includes the nutrition values for the pineapple. If you choose to count the pineapple as free then each two skewer serving is 5 Points+.
220 calories, 6 g carbs, 4 g fat, 41 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
adapted from Homebrew Fitness
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