Chipotle-Pineapple Chicken Kabobs with Smokey Date Sauce & Cilantro-Lime Rice #HotSummerEats

by Erin

These kabobs pack a lot of flavor all in on dish with chipotle, pineapple, peppers, onion, chicken, and dates. Served over cilantro-lime rice. 

Chipotle-Pineapple Chicken Kabobs with Smokey Date Sauce & Cilantro-Lime Rice 1

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of grilling? For me it is kabobs. I love how simple it is to prepare by just marinading some meat and chopping up some veggies. And my favorite part is the assembly because they just look so pretty all put together! Kabobs: making meat photogenic since who-knows-when. Seriously though, I’m sure my fellow food bloggers can attest to the trials of photographing meat without some sort of sauce or topping to jazz it up and redirect your attention.

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In addition to the usual suspects, these particular kabobs have an extra element added to them – pineapple. How glorious is grilled pineapple? All that caramelization combined with the chipotle marinade and the smokey date sauce means these kabobs cannot be beat. And then I went ahead and served them over a bed of cilantro-lime rice. Because I’m addicted to the Casabella juicer and needed a just as easy side to pair with these kabobs.

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One year ago: Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Two years ago: Simple Chicken & Sweet Pepper Stir Fry

Three years ago: Strawberries and Cream Pie

Four years ago: Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie


Serves 4



1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 24 chunks

1 (8 oz.) bag of mini bell peppers (about 12) cut in half lengthwise

1 red onion, cut into 24 chunks

1 fresh cored pineapple, sliced and cut into 24 chunks (juice reserved)

1/2 cup Not Ketchup smokey date sauce, plus more for serving


1/4 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup T.Lish chipotle vinaigrette

2 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp honey


1 cup rice

1-1/2 cups water

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp Gourmet Garden cilantro paste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pineapple juice, dressing, soy sauce, and honey. Place the chicken chunks in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
  2. Thread the ingredients onto 8 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes prior), alternating items, putting 3 pieces of each onto each kabob. Set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, stir together the rice and water. Cook according to package directions. Once cooked, stir in lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates and then place the kabobs on the grill. Cook over medium-high heat, turning and brushing with the date sauce often, for 12-15 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Divide rice onto four plates and top with two skewers each. Serve with additional date sauce.

Source: Inspired by The Gunny Sack.

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Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook June 6, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Kabobs are a perfect summer offering. They look fantastic too.

Zainab June 3, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Sweet with a hint of spicy. Love love this!!

Jennie @onesweetmess June 3, 2015 - 3:10 pm

What a fun summer party! I’m loving the flavors that go into making these kabobs. Kabobs are the easiest and most satisfying of all the grilling food.

Susan June 2, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I think my favorite summer recipe is one of the many fruit smoothies I make. Also a salad with zoodles, edamame, feta, and chicken. These kabobs look wonderful, too. I especially like the idea of that Not Ketchup stuff.

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures June 2, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Erin, oh, my word. These look amazing. What a great combination of flavors and sponsor products. Thank you!

Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures June 2, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Yum! What a great combination of sponsor products!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout June 2, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Cilantro-Lime rice is the way to my heart and that date sauce sounds amazing!

Erika Kerekes {Not Ketchup} June 2, 2015 - 12:20 pm

These kabobs look amazing! All the flavors work so well together. Putting these on my MUST GRILL list for the summer for sure. Glad you enjoyed the Smoky Date Not Ketchup sauce!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm June 2, 2015 - 9:59 am

What a delicious looking dinner Erin. YUM

Rebekah @ Making Miracles June 2, 2015 - 9:26 am

Love ALL of this – so much good stuff and amazing flavors in that dish! Love all the pretty colors on the kebabs too. :)

Joanne June 2, 2015 - 7:49 am

It’s true…meat never looks prettier than when it’s surrounded by all the pretty veggie colors in kebabs!


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