Grilled Chicken Kabobs in Tropical Marinade (Gluten-free)

Tropical Summer Grilled Chicken Kabobs

I have yet to meet someone who hates the taste of grilled food. Grilling out is SUPER FABULOUS for so many reasons.

1. Everything tastes better

2. Outside scenic view while you cook

3. Easy peasy clean up

4. Higher likelihood that dad will cook so mom has the night off 😉

5. Makes your neighbors jealous

Number 5 was totally me the other night. After making a great tasting stir fry, I stepped outside to take the trash out and smelled the most AMAZING smell of food. I don’t know what my neighbor was grilling but it INSTANTLY made me want some.

The other great thing about grilling is that it usually means a great balanced meal.

Meat + Vegetables + Amazing Sauce = Healthy Dinner Everyone Loves.

I typically choose a few different vegetables and mix the vegetables right in my meat for 2 reasons. The first is I find the flavor of the meat adds flavor and richness to the vegetables. The second reason is a little bit more cunning. Picky eaters are less likely to put up a fight. Placing all the grilled food in one bowl will decrease the chance your child will put up a fight complaining they don’t like tomatoes or they don’t like peppers. Instead they will focus on the fact that you just put chicken on their plate. Or my daughter is going through a phase where she’s not into bell peppers but she LOVES cherry tomatoes.

She may say, “Mama, I don’t want tis.” Pointing to the bell pepper. And I can simply reply with, “Okay, eat your tomatoes and chicken.” The conversation almost 90% ends there and we all enjoy our dinner. Remember, if you have a picky eater your first job is to remove the barrier between your child and that particular food. By your child moving the “undesirable food” to get to the food they want is step one. 🙂 This is how I got my daughter to finally eat sauteed eggplant and beets.  If you think your child will throw a fit that they have food they don’t want on their plate than you can state before they are even served, “Today, we have a new rule. You don’t have to eat everything but you do have to have a little bit of everything on your plate.” You can read more of my tips on how to get your child to eat healthy food here.

Okay, so back to the mouth watering picture above. These Summer Grilled Chicken Kabob recipe is the very essence of summer. Fresh, vibrant colored vegetables, paired with grilled chicken coated in an tangy orange juice marinade leaves your family feeling satisfied but light. Best of all it’s EASY to make, Easy to clean up and will make the whole family 🙂 !

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Summer Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Summer Grilled Chicken Kabobs
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Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
15 minutes
Total Time:
35 minutes
Yield: 5
  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks (optional - use juice not syrup base)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • Marinade
  • 6 tbsp. orange juice
  • 4 tbsp. melted coconut oil (adds a more tropical flavor but any oil will do) 🙂
  • 1 full tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Begin chopping chicken, bell peppers, onion, and summer squash and place in a large bowl.
  2. Next prepare your marinade. Chop cilantro and place in a blender.
  3. Add orange juice, coconut oil, spices and blend well. Drizzle marinade over chicken and uncooked vegetables.
  4. Prepare chicken and vegetables by placing on skiers or lay evenly on a baking sheet covered with foil for the broiler.
  5. Grill or broil for 5-7 minutes and then flip meat and vegetables over. Continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes until meat and vegetables are fork tender.

 I would love to hear about your family’s favorited grilled dishes. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.



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