This Jerk Chicken recipe on Shish Kabobs is made with flavorful and delicious chicken marinated in jerk seasoning, layered with red onion, peppers, and pineapple for sweetness! The best part is the shish-kabobs are brushed with a pineapple honey glaze served over Cilantro Lime Brown Rice.
This recipe wasn’t planned, it was something that was created at the last minute and was so tasty I just had to share it with you all. Now that summer is here, it is the time for bringing out that grill and blessing it with some good grub. One of the dishes I love on the grill is shish-kabobs. The heat from the grill really brings out the flavor of the meat and veggies. But in case you can’t get these kabobs to your grill, you can buy a grill pan that you can use on your stove
These kabobs are made with red onion, peppers, zucchini, and pineapple. However, you can use an assortment of veggies that you want. I simply looked at what was in my fridge and used what I had before the veggies went bad. You can use mushrooms, potatoes, baby corn on the cob, or whatever you want! But don’t leave out the pineapple with this recipe. Trust me on that one.
I absolutely love Jerk Chicken. It is the most flavorful way to make chicken and it is extremely addicting to me. Although I must admit, I have not had true authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken. I have no idea as to how this has not happened yet, but it will. I know Jerk Chicken has a tendency to be spicy but I used Braswell’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken seasoning was not spicy at all. The chicken came out to be very flavorful throughout the entire piece of chicken. It was insane!
If you are a fan of shish-kabobs and chicken, this Jerk Chicken recipe is absolutely perfect. Not only is it a great combination of sweet and savory flavors but these kabobs will work best on a bed of Cilantro Lime Brown Rice.
How to make Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
I know making rice is not always the easiest dish to make. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made overcooked or undercooked rice, which is why I stick to the microwavable kind. But the way I made rice in this recipe is perfect! I simply followed the steps that I outlined in my blog post, “ How to Make Perfect Rice”. Instead, I used water, and seasoned the rice with freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro, which I love! The key to making perfect rice is cooking it until it’s ready to serve.
Now that you have your easy Jerk Chicken Kabobs created and know how to make the Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, to make this meal complete you’re just going to make a simple honey pineapple glaze to add a touch of sweetness to the kabobs.
This recipe is perfect for the summer or any time of the year. I know the ingredients may seem overwhelming, but it’s mostly spices that you may already have in your kitchen. Don’t allow the list of ingredients to overwhelm you because this recipe is totally worth it.
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- 3 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 1 ½ tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 tbsp. Salt
- ½ tbsp. Black pepper
- 1 tbsp. Jamaican Jerk Chicken seasoning
- 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 orange bell pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 zucchini, sliced into medium-thick slices
- 1 red onion, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 c. pineapple chunks
- 4-6 long bamboo kabob sticks
- FOR THE RICE
- 1 ½ c. long-grain brown rice
- 3 c. + 2 tbsp. Water
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 2 ½ tbsp. Fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes, juiced and zested
- Salt and pepper to taste
- FOR GLAZE
- ⅛ c. water
- ⅓ c. honey + 1 tbsp
- 3-4 pineapple chunks, crushed
- ¼ tsp. Red crushed pepper flakes
- Soak the bamboo kabob stick in water for, at least, 30 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.
- Cut the chicken breast into large square chunks. Place in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, and jerk chicken seasoning. Use your hands or a spoon and mix together to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes or back in the refrigerator if you can’t begin cooking the kabobs within 30 minutes.
- NOTE: If you have put the chicken in the refrigerator, set out at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
- To make the rice: in a medium saucepan add the brown rice and 3 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water. Turn the heat on medium and cover with a lid. Allow the rice to cook for 25-30 minutes.
- Once craters begin to form in the rice, turn the heat down to low and allow to steam for another 10 minutes with the lid on top.
- Finally, remove rice from heat and add the zest of one full lime to the rice. Next, cut the limes in half and squeeze the juice of the limes into the rice, add cilantro, and butter. Use a fork to stir the rice and mix the ingredients. Add the two tablespoons of water and cover with a lid and place back on the stove with the lid covering the pot. Keep covered until ready to serve. The heat will continue to cook by steam.
- NOTE: Check on the rice intermittently and stir as needed with a fork.
- Gather the peppers, zucchini, and onions and cut them into large chunks. Keep them on a plate or cutting board for easy assembly.
- Take the kabob sticks and begin to layer the kabobs with onion or peppers at one end, and layer with chicken, zucchini, and pineapple as desired. Be sure to have a pepper or an onion and both ends of the kabob. Also, leave about 1 inch at the end of the stick unexposed so you can easily pick up the kabob.
- Begin to heat your grill pan or outdoor grill, if you would like. For the use of an internal grill pan turn the heat on medium-high and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is heated, place the kabobs on your grill and cook on both sides for 5-7 minutes. Flip the kabob on the other side and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Once the kabobs are finished, place on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- To make the glaze: In a small saucepot, add the water, honey, and crushed pineapple. To crush the pineapple, take the chunks and cut it very finely with a sharp knife. Add to the saucepot. Also, add the red pepper flakes. Cook on medium heat and the sauce will begin to simmer and thicken after about 10 minutes.
- Use a brush to coat the kabobs with sauce. Serve the kabobs over cilantro lime rice.