With bright, tropical flavors, these Pineapple Chicken Kabobs are an easy, fuss-free camping meal perfect for summertime grilling!

Pineapple chicken kabobs on a blue camping plate

Kabobs are one of the easiest meals to cook over a campfire. Just chop ingredients into pieces, skewer with a stick, and place over the fire! So simple, it’s practically foolproof!

While kabobs are always a good option when camping, they have a lot of advantages when it comes to larger groups. Each kabob can be customized individually, so personal tastes and dietary restrictions can be easily accommodated. Kabobs also solve the conundrum of dirty dishes. When your meal is prepared on a stick, there’s no cookware to scrub out at the end of the night. And if you’re using wooden skewers, just toss them in the fire when you’re done.

Grilling chicken pineapple kabobs over a campfire

But the secret behind every great kabob is a kickass marinade. When camping, this can be accomplished in a couple of different ways. You can marinate before you head out in a tupperware or ziplock baggie, or you can prepare your marinade on site. Either way, you’ll want your ingredients to soak up some flavors for at least an hour, but preferably overnight in a cooler.

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For these kabobs, we went with a bright summer theme. We used chicken, pineapple, and red onions, which we marinated in olive oil, honey, lime juice, and cilantro. The lime juice and pineapple brought a tropical flavor and brightness to the chicken, which, coming off the grill, tasted like pure summertime on a stick.

So the next time you’re planning a camping trip, don’t stress about cooking an elaborate meal and using every pot and pan in your kit – build some kabobs around the campfire instead.

Grilled chicken pineapple kabobs on a blue camping plate

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Makes 4 kabobs
Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
With bright, tropical flavors, these Pineapple Chicken Kabobs are an easy, fuss-free camping meal perfect for summertime grilling!
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For the marinade:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger, note: Trader Joe’s carries ginger paste that’s perfect for this
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

To build the skewers:

  • ½ lb chicken, boneless, skinless thighs work best, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • Pineapple wedges, cut into 1 inch cubes (we found these in the refrigerated section of the produce department)


  • Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl or ziplock bag.
  • Build the kabobs by threading the chicken and vegetables onto your skewers, alternating ingredients.
  • Pour the marinade over the kabobs, turning them to thoroughly coat. Cover the bowl or seal the bag and marinate for at least an hour. This step can be done at home ahead of time – just put the sealed container in your cooler.
  • Fire up your grill or get your campfire going.
  • Grill the kabobs over medium-high to high heat, turning occasionally so they cook evenly until the chicken is cooked through – about 10 minutes total.
  • Remove from the grill and enjoy!



4-6 skewers, either metal or wood. If using wood, soak in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning.
Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 174mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4.3% | Vitamin C: 10.1% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 4.1%
*Nutrition info is an estimate based on information provided by myfitnesspal.com

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