The Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers blend two cultures: a Japanese influence featuring teriyaki-marinated chicken and a Hawaiian twist with succulent grilled pineapple pieces. This fusion creates a contrasting and dynamic combo!

Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers

Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers is a variation of what my mom used to make when I was a kid. Back in the day, coming from this small town up north in Canada, the supermarket had no choice of “Asian” ingredients except for the soy sauce. My mom would marinate the chicken simply in soy sauce for an hour, and the pineapple touch would bring a contrasting sweet touch.

Low-Sugar Teriyaki Sauce

Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers

So, in a way, I’ve separated the sugar from the usual Teriyaki sauce and added the pieces of pineapple to balance the savoury of the soy sauce because Asian food is all about the perfect balance! This version is lighter on sugar but high in taste and incredibly savoury, which complements our tropical fruit!

The Many Ways to Grill

These were done in the oven, but they could easily have been done on the BBQ. Here is an interesting article about how to grill your meat without having to use an actual grill at home. From Microwave to Crockpot grilling, there is always a way to grill your meat on a cold winter night!

teriyaki pineapple coriander skewers

Variations

I’ve used chicken, but turkey could be great, too! As for the veggies, a bit of red bell pepper would make it even more colourful and complement the dish. If you are vegetarian, or some of you are, use halloumi cheese or tofu cubes instead of the meat.

Other Recipes for the Grill

So let’s make those Hawaiian-Teriyaki skewers!

Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
marinating 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 197
The Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers blend two distinct cultures: a Japanese influence featuring teriyaki-marinated chicken and a Hawaiian twist with succulent grilled pineapple pieces. This fusion creates a contrasting and dynamic combo!

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Cut into cubes.)
  • 1/4 Pineapple (Cut into cubes.)
  • 1 onion (Cut into large pieces.)

Light Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ½ tbsp ginger (grated)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Cut the chicken into large cubes.
  • Mix all the ingredients from the marinade in a small bowl.
  • Add the marinade to the chicken pieces and marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water during that time.
  • Add the pieces of marinated chicken, pineapple and onions to the skewers and lay them on a grill; keep the leftover marinade to brush the skewers mid-way.
  • Cook at 180°C (350F°) for 25 minutes; brush them with the leftover marinade once or twice while it cooks.

Notes

Serve with Jasmine rice.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 197kcal
Course: Plato principal
Cuisine: asian, hawaiian
Keyword: BBQ, chicken, grilled, healthy, light, low-sugar, pineapple, skewers, teriyaki

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Light Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Amount per Serving
Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
72
mg
24
%
Sodium
 
931
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
549
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
26
g
52
%
Vitamin A
 
67
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
30
mg
36
%
Calcium
 
22
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6 Comments

  1. danakristenb Reply

    I love this idea, Marie! I’m totally going to try it with shrimp this summer. I love the tropical essence here. This just *screams* summer patio dinner 🙂

  2. I keep finding myself drawn back to your recipes! I want to try this one, too. I also grew up in rural Canada, and I know what you mean about the lack of availability of ingredients. My mother made sweet and sour meatballs with catsup and canned pineapple!

  3. thefoodblognet Reply

    Me too, my mom made “Hawaii” meatballs by adding canned pineapple, and reducing the juice.
    This recipe is perfect, and I love to char the pineapple a little, too. You are making me dream of summer, and the BBQ. Bring it on!

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