Caribbean Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs with Banana Salad

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A Caribbean-inspired marinade for these chicken-and-pineapple kebabs is flavored with pineapple juice, soy sauce, plenty of spices and spiked with rum. It’s moderately spicy from the use of jalapeño, but not nearly as spicy as the well-known jerk marinade, which uses the extremely hot Scotch bonnet chile. If spicy-hot is not your thing, leave the jalapeño out or use half. The creamy banana salad is a soothing counterpoint, but skip it if you like.

Caribbean Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs with Banana Salad
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 210 minutes (90 minutes prep)

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/3 cup dark rum

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions

  • 1jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 2teaspoonsminced fresh ginger

  • 2teaspoonscurry powder

  • 1/2teaspoonground coriander

  • 1/2teaspooncayenne pepper

  • 1/4teaspoonground cinnamon

  • 1/4teaspoonground allspice

  • 2poundsboneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1cupreduced-fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/4cup

  • 1/4cupchopped fresh cilantro(optional)

  • 2teaspoonsfinely chopped fresh mint

  • 1teaspoonfreshly grated lime zest

  • 1/2teaspoondark brown sugar, or to taste

  • Pinch ofground nutmeg

  • Pinch ofground cinnamon

  • 3almost-ripe medium bananas, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • Pinch ofsalt, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple pieces (1 inch)

  • 1 sweet or red onion , cut into 1-inch pieces

  1. To marinate chicken: Puree pineapple juice, rum, soy sauce, scallions, jalapeño (if using), molasses, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, ginger, curry powder, coriander, cayenne, cinnamon and allspice in a blender until smooth. Place chicken in a 1-gallon sealable plastic bag, add the marinade and turn to coat. Refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours.

  2. To prepare banana salad: About 20 minutes before you’re ready to prepare the kebabs, combine yogurt, onion, cilantro (if using), mint, lime zest, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Gently stir in bananas and salt. Adjust seasoning with more brown sugar and/or salt, if desired.

  3. To prepare basting sauce and kebabs: Preheat a gas grill to medium or prepare a medium-heat fire in a charcoal grill. (No grill? See Broiler Variation.)

  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and stir in brown sugar and mustard; bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce is reduced by about half, 6 to 10 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, thread the chicken onto 6 skewers, alternating with pineapple and onion pieces.

  6. Grill the kebabs, basting with the basting sauce and turning frequently, until the chicken is firm to the touch, 10 to 16 minutes total. (If flare-ups occur as you baste, use a squirt bottle to put them out or move the kebabs away until the flame dies down.) Serve the kebabs with the banana salad.

Broiler Variation: Position a rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a broiler pan (or a wire rack set on a large baking sheet) with cooking spray. Broil the skewers, turning once, until the chicken is firm to the touch, 7 to 9 minutes per side.

Nutritional Facts

35 g
11 g
Saturated Fat
3 g
29 g
88 mg
Dietary Fiber
3 g
681 mg
466 mg
6 servings
1 1/2 fruit
1/2 carbohydrate (other)
3 lean meat
Vitamin C
42% daily value
19% dv
18% dv
17% dv

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1 reply

Likkel 2016-03-17 18:42:23 -0500 Report

The recipe (below Greek yogurt) was missing "finely chopped sweet onion" following the 1/4 c. information. It was a great recipe though, which made me very happy to look up on for the missing information!