If you are new to clean eating, there are some recipes that are just easier to make the transition with. This Chicken Teriyaki Kabob recipe is one of those recipes. You don’t have to love (or even like!) eating clean to be smitten with this one. And if you are looking to get the family to eat more fruits and vegetables, this dinner has you covered! With pineapple, peppers and onions, kabobs are a fun way to get the kids to eat eat more produce.
Essential Ingredient to Making a CLEAN Chicken Teriyaki Kabob Recipe
You can’t make clean chicken teriyaki kabobs if you don’t first start with a clean teriyaki sauce. Unfortunately conventional homemade recipes for teriyaki sauce call for lots of sugar. And certainly store-bought brands are no healthier. Although I have found a clean BBQ sauce brand that is sweetened with pureed dates (see below), I have yet to find a clean store-bought teriyaki sauce that isn’t filled to the brim with sugar and other additives.
Take a look at the ingredients in the popular Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce: Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Wine, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic Powder, Sodium Benzoate: less than 1/10 of 1% as a preservative.
And then compare the ingredients in Kikkoman to the ingredients in my clean homemade Teriyaki Sauce: water, pineapple, unpasteurized soy sauce, medjool dates, ginger, raw honey (only 1 tablespoon!) and garlic.
So yes, if you want to make a truly clean chicken teriyaki kabob recipe then you will have to make your own teriyaki sauce. Luckily that only takes about 5 minutes. Making homemade teriyaki sauce is as simple as putting the seven ingredients mentioned above in a high speed blender and pureeing until smooth. Easy peasy!
Don’t Have 5 Extra Minutes to Spare?
And finally, if you just can’t spare the extra 5-minutes to make the homemade teriyaki sauce, don’t sweat it! You can easily turn this Chicken Teriyaki Kabob recipe into BBQ Chicken Kabobs simply by swapping a clean store-bought BBQ sauce for my teriyaki sauce recipe. The store-bought brand of BBQ sauce I recommend is Tessemae’s Organic BBQ Sauce . As mentioned above, this sauce is sweetened primarily with pureed dates.
For those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities, it’s helpful to know this Baked Chicken Teriyaki Kabob Recipe meets the following dietary restrictions:
Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Nut Free/ Grain Free/ Bean Free/ Paleo Friendly
This clean baked chicken teriyaki kabob recipe is made with a 5-minute homemade teriyaki sauce sweetened primarily with pureed dates and pineapple. Recipe contains no refined sugar.
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 cups fresh pineapple cubes
- Himalayan pink salt
- 3/4 cup Clean Cuisine Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
NOTE: If you are using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least an hour before baking. Although this recipe is written as an oven-baked recipe, these skewers can also be placed on a grill if you choose to grill out! If grilling out, bamboo skewers must still be soaked before placing on the grill, or opt for a non-toxic metal/non-flammable option.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire cooking rack on top of the foil-lined baking sheet.
- Thread the chicken, peppers, onion and pineapple onto the skewers, alternating as you go, until all ingredients have been used.
- Season the the chicken, vegetables and pineapple lightly with salt. (You should end up with about 12 to 15 skewers.)
- Stir 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil into the teriyaki sauce.
- Use a basting brush to brush about half the teriyaki sauce onto all sides of the chicken, vegetables and pineapple.
- Arrange the skewers on top of the prepared cooking rack. Transfer the skewers to the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove skewers from the oven and brush with the remaining teriyaki sauce.
- Return skewers to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve at once.