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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs Recipe

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Teriyaki chicken kabobs are savory with a touch of sweet and packed with umami. Tender pieces of chicken and veggies grilled to perfection make this the perfect recipe for your next dinner.

teriyaki chicken kabobs

Whether you like indoor or outdoor grilling, this is a simple and delicious recipe that will be sure to please. You can customize your kabobs for the picky eaters in the house. Perfect for families and small gatherings.

Teriyaki is a popular flavor in Hawaii and perfect as a marinade for chicken kabobs or air fryer teriyaki meatballs.

mazola corn oil for teriyaki chicken kabob marinade

What is a marinade?

A marinade is a seasoned sauce that is used to soak meat or other foods to add flavor or to soften. Homemade marinades are the best. You can control what and how much you add to it to allow healthier options.

How to make a teriyaki marinade?

Speaking of marinades you can make your own with a few simple ingredients. For the teriyaki marinade you’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Shoyu
  • Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green onion

Why do you add oil to a marinade?

Fats in marinades help to retain moisture and allow fat soluble flavors into the meat. Using Mazola® Corn Oil is a healthier option due to the lower saturated fat content.

teriyaki chicken kabobs ingredients

Mazola® Corn Oil is an all-purpose cooking oil that is a heart-healthy* choice for your family. Variety of uses include baking, grilling, sautéing, stir-frying, or mixing up a marinade.​

Substitutes

  • You can use light, golden, or dark brown sugar here. The darker the sugar the more molasses flavor you will have.
  • Shoyu is a Japanese style soy sauce. This can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores. If you are looking to keep this gluten free, swap it out with Tamari.
  • Fresh garlic and ginger are best, but if you can’t get your hands on it you can use the powdered form as well.

What proteins can be used for kabobs?

  • For this recipe I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can use thighs or another protein like beef, pork, or fish if you wish. Want to go vegetarian, try tofu.
  • You’ll also need some veggies: bell peppers and onions. Or use your favorite vegetables here.
  • Add a touch of sweet with some pineapple.

You’ll also need:

  • Skewers
  • Optional sesame seeds to garnish

Before you start this dish you’ll want to be sure to soak your skewers in water. This helps prevent the skewers from catching on fire while you are cooking. If you have metal skewers those will work as well.

How long do skewers need to soak?

Bamboo skewers are best soaked in water for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking on the grill.

soaked skewers for teriyaki chicken kabobs

How long should chicken marinate?

Chicken should marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes or 4-6 hours to overnight for optimum flavor.

How long does chicken take to cook on the grill?

Cook times may vary depending on the size of the chicken and grill temperature. It generally takes about 10-12 minutes to cook grilled chicken kabobs. Although you should test temperature for doneness.

What temperature should chicken be cooked to?

The FDA’s suggested guideline for minimum safe internal temperature of chicken to be 165F.

teriyaki chicken kabob marinade

Can I prep the teriyaki chicken skewers in advance?

You bet. That’s the great thing about this recipe. Skewers can be made a day in advanced and stored covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill.

How to store grilled teriyaki chicken kabobs?

Once the kabobs have reached a safe internal temperature all to cool completely before storing These are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long will grilled teriyaki chicken kabobs last?

Teriyaki chicken kabobs will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days.

soaked chicken for teriyaki chicken kabobs

Can you freeze teriyaki chicken kabobs?

Another great thing about this dish is the ability to freeze premade kabobs. Once all your kabobs have been prepared on the skewer, place on a sheet pan and freeze for a few hours before adding it to a zip top bag for storage. This will last for a month or two in the freezer. Allow kabobs to defrost before cooking.

How to reheat chicken kabobs?

One of the easiest ways to reheat chicken kabobs is by placing it in the oven at 250-300F until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave.

teriyaki chicken kabobs on the grill

Other great chicken recipes to check out:

How to make teriyaki chicken kabobs?

  1. For the marinade: To a large bowl add brown sugar, shoyu, Mazola® Corn Oil, garlic, ginger, and green onion. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add in chicken, stirring to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to overnight.
  3. Soak skewers in water.
  4. For the kabobs: Once the chicken has finished marinating add to the skewer alternating between the chicken, bell pepper, onion, and pineapple chunks. Save the marinade.
  5. While you finish preparing the remainder of the skewers, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  6. Place kabobs on the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165F. Brush with leftover marinade while cooking.
  7. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy!
teriyaki chicken kabobs on the grill

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Teriyaki chicken kabobs are savory with a touch of sweet and packed with umami. Tender pieces of chicken and veggies grilled to perfection make this the perfect recipe for your next dinner.

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup shoyu
  • 1 tablespoon Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
  • 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup green onion, sliced

For the kabobs

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. For the marinade: To a large bowl add brown sugar, shoyu, Mazola® Corn Oil, garlic, ginger, and green onion. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add in chicken, stirring to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour up to overnight.
  3. Soak skewers in water.
  4. For the kabobs: Once the chicken has finished marinating add to the skewer alternating between the chicken, bell pepper, onion, and pineapple chunks. Save the marinade.
  5. While you finish preparing the remainder of the skewers, preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  6. Place kabobs on the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165F. Brush with leftover marinade while cooking.
  7. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy!

Notes

*Optional garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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*DISCLAIMER: Corn Oil is a cholesterol-free food that contains 14g of total fat per serving. See nutrition information on the product label or at mazola.com for fat and saturated fat content.

*DISCLAIMER *Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 tablespoon (16 grams) of Corn Oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in Corn Oil. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim. To achieve this possible benefit, Corn Oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains 14 grams of Corn Oil.


By on May 5th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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