Pineapple veggie chicken skewers with spicy peanut butter sauce

Hi guys! How’s your day going? Hope it’s been a great one so far 🙂 Check out these delicious pineapple chicken and veggie kabobs. 

Pineapple chicken skewers

I’ve got the recipe for you below! They perfect for hot summer nights!

I’m fully convinced that plants flourish out here. My succulent garden is growing like crazy, I’ve managed to keep all of our herbs “alive” for the first full summer (ok, so the cilantro is clinging the walls of death right now). Also the first time ever, we have a jalapeño! He has a salsa destiny ahead of him.


Another thing: the kombucha! A few people have asked if I was still brewing kombucha, and it’s still going strong after the interesting bottle of scoby the farmer’s market kombucha lady gave me. My kombuchas batches did fairly well in Tucson, but I think I’ve really gotten the hang of it. It’s by far the best ‘buch we’ve brewed at home.


orange-ginger homemade kombucha

(Orange-ginger from last week)

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with flavor variations and have learned that dried ginger makes it even more fizzy. Please let me know if you have any awesome flavoring ideas! 

Last night, I had some of the home-brew with an awesome and easy summer dinner: pineapple chicken and veggie kabobs with a spicy peanut butter sauce.

Pineapple Chicken and Veggie Kabobs with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce

Pineapple chicken skewers

(It’s kind of like the grilled version of this beloved salad.)

Here’s the how-to if you’d like to give it a try!


First, we put 5 skewers in a roasting dish filled with water to soak. This helps to keep them from catching fire on the grill… always a good thing. 😉 I cut up a pack of organic chicken breasts into cubes, and placed in a sealed container in the fridge to marinate with 1/4 cup Tamari, 2 cloves minced garlic, sea salt, pepper and the juice of 1/2 orange.

While the chicken was marinating, I made the rest of the skewer fillers: chopped fresh pineapple, bell peppers (2: 1 orange and 1 yellow), one large zucchini (sliced) and an onion. 

Next, the assembly:

pineapple chicken and veggie kabobs ready for the grill

and the Pilot grilled them while we all played basketball outside. We played a little game of HORSE, which turned into HORACIO because I was not on my game last night haha.

The sauce was made with 1/4 cup peanut butter, a splash of tamari, a drizzle of honey, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

pineapple chicken and veggie kabobs

We had some skewer filling left over, so I’m excited to enjoy it on salads later this week.

pineapple chicken kabobs with spicy peanut butter sauce

What’s your favorite grilled meal? I’m a huge fan of grilled pizza, but I think my all-time fave is quiche on the grill. Black thumb or green thumb? 🙂

Have a lovely night!



Something to do: this musical cardio workout! It’s an awesome mix of resistance and speed.

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  1. Amalia on August 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Mmmm this looks AMAZING! I would love to try these. I don’t have a grill, so I would have to figure out how to do these on the stove, or at least how to mimic the flavour combinations.

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      you could do them in a skillet like a stir fry! it would still be wonderful 🙂

  2. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on August 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I’m really not sure how you manage to keep your garden alive; ours are attacked by squirrels all the time!

  3. Beth on August 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    My thumb couldn’t be any blacker. I can’t keep any plant, indoors or out, alive. My peace lilly is still alive but hasn’t flowered in ages. 🙁 Those kabobs look YUM!

  4. Amy S on August 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    The kabobs look fantastic! I’d love to try them. My husband is allergic to peanut butter, though, so I’d have to alter the sauce…any thoughts on a different sauce I could make that would go well with the kabobs?

    My herb garden has been doing pretty well this year, too! Sadly most of the flowers I planted have been chomped by bunnies, but at least the herbs are still thriving. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:46 am

      what about sunflower butter??

      • Amy S on August 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

        Cool, thanks for the idea!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    That sauce sounds really yummy! I need to try that pronto. I can’t grow anything to save my life.

  6. Chrystal J on August 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Grilled quiche? How do you do that?!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:46 am

      it’s really just like an oven- we cook it in the pan on the grill. for some reason it tastes better though 😉

  7. Lora lee frazier on August 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    This looks delicious and I think I’ll make it on Wednesday wvening! Thanks

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:45 am

      let me know how it turns out

  8. Amanda on August 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    My thumb is as black as they come but it doesn’t keep me from trying. Most recent fail: tomato plant. Next up: some herbs! Pray for me…

    My favorite grilled thing is Grilled Cinnamon Buns, nom nom nom.

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:45 am

      grilled cinnamon buns?! what are you doing to me??? hahah. this needs to happen

  9. Amanda on August 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Yum this sounds awesome! I imagine your thumb is greener in San Diego than Tucson, you lived in the desert!!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:44 am

      very true. it’s hard to keep anything alive out there! doesn’t stop my nana though. she always has the most beautiful yard and plants

  10. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on August 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    i loveee grilled pineapple.

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Grilled pineapple is so good! Your garden looks great.

  12. Kathy on August 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Favourite thing to grill is veggies of any kind, especially corn. Total black thumb of doom….we have one plant and I just noticed this morning that it’s looking pretty good, left the room and came back to find half of it had been eaten by the cat…she doesn’t help

  13. Yaara Leve on August 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I just want to hire you to be my personal chef-lol!! That looks so good. I love the sweet n sour of the citrus and pineapple with the tamari and peanut sauce.

  14. Bridget on August 25, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Holy yum! I bet this would be so good with tofu!!!!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2014 at 12:13 am

      yes, that would be a perfect veggie variation!

  15. Giselle on August 25, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Looks amazing! Yay for your plants and veggies! I can’t wait to plant a garden but right now our backyard is a disaster… Big goals for it next spring but in the meantime I keep checking if yard crashers is accepting contestants 🙂

  16. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on August 26, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Yum! I love spicy peanut sauces!

    We never have any luck growing cilantro. That doesn’t stop me from trying every year, though!

  17. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 26, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I just killed a bunch of flowers on my balcony – I don’t even know how they were called. Plus, I was amazed how long they lasted! I stay with the orchids – they are blooming like crazy, despite my black thumb.

    I love the idea of pineapple on a skewer!!

  18. Julie on August 26, 2014 at 4:09 am

    This would be great on the grill too! And I just got a grill!

  19. Alysia @ Slim Sanity on August 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I love kabobs! But grilled chicken is easily my favorite grill item, simple but delicious!

  20. Emily on August 26, 2014 at 9:57 am

    peanut sauces are my favorite! If I see something on a menu that includes peanut sauce, I almost always have to have it! looks delish!

  21. Maria on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

    That peanut sauce looks so good! Green thumb for vegetable plants…black thumb for flowers. You win some, you lose some! 🙂

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