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These Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers are a new warm weather go-to. We just love these! Chicken seasoned with spicy chipotle chilies, tamari, ginger, and honey. Add chunks of pineapple to each skewer for a tropical island flare. Serve these chicken skewers with spicy, tangy, creamy restaurant-style bang bang sauce, it never disappoints. Add extra limes and green onions, plus a bowl of coconut or cilantro rice (or cook up some baked french fries). Such a yummy family meal! 

Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers |

To me, Memorial Day is the official kick-off for grilling season. Burgers, chicken, steaks, and sweet corn will be on rotation from now until mid-September when the brisk fall air sweeps in to stay.

Honestly, I’m not the biggest “griller”. We live in a chillier environment, so our summer nights are a little too cold to stand outside and grill. I usually just use my trusty grill pan any time I want the flavor of something from the grill. Works like a charm!

Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers |

But of course, I know the rest of you all love a delicious grilled summer dinner. Coming from the Midwest, where summertime is very hot and humid, I totally get it! This year I’m looking forward to sharing some of the dishes I used to make from our summers spent in Cleveland.

We certainly adored making chicken skewers! Something about chicken on a stick is just better, you know?

I’ve always enjoyed adding pineapple to anything grilled. So when I had this idea, I made it almost immediately. It is such a delicious flavor combination!

Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers |

Here are the details

Step 1:  Make the Chipotle marinade 

This is a very simple mix of extra virgin olive oil, tomato paste, tamari (or use soy sauce), honey, ginger, chipotle, and fresh thyme. To streamline the process of the marinade I whipped everything together in a blender, so it was ready in seconds.

Next, take the chicken and cut it into 1 or 2-inch cubes. Add the chicken to a bowl and toss with the marinade. At this point, and if time allows, you can refrigerate the chicken for a day or two before grilling. It will develop an even more intense flavor the longer it sits.

Step 2: Thread the chicken and pineapple onto skewers

Now the fun part. Take the chipotle-seasoned chicken and the chunks of pineapple and thread them one after another onto metal or wooden skewers.

I layer/thread 1 piece of chicken, then 1 pineapple chunk. If you want more pineapple, do 1 chicken piece, then 2 pineapple chunks.

Heat your grill and cook each skewer until light grill marks appear.

Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers |

Step 3: Make the bang bang sauce

Mix mayo in a bowl with Thai chili sauce tamari, garlic, and lime zest. You can add a pinch of salt and pepper or even more chili flakes too!

This is one of my favorite sauces! The sweet Thai chile sauce is the secret to the deliciousness.

To Sum it all up!

The chicken is spicy and just a smidge smoky, but at the same time a little sweet too. It’s such a wonderful marriage of flavors.

The sauce is creamy and tangy with a touch of heat. Putting everything together turns into the most delicious grilled chicken dinner. Serve with rice and you’ll have a complete meal with so much (really) good flavor!

Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers |

Looking for more recipes? Here are a few to try:

Coconut Chicken Fingers with Bang Bang Sauce

Baked Crunchy Hot Honey Chicken

Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Feta Potatoes

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Ranch

Lastly, if you make these Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

These Chipotle Pineapple Bang Bang Chicken Skewers:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 435 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Bang Bang sauce


  • 1. In a blender, blend the olive oil, tomato paste, tamari/soy sauce, honey, ginger, chipotle, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper until the chilies are chopped.
    2. Mix the chicken and chipotle sauce in a bowl. Take the skewers and thread the chicken with the pineapple chunks.
    3. Set your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat. Grill the skewers until lightly charred and cooked through, turning them occasionally throughout cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes total. 
    4. To make the sauce: combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    5. Serve the chicken and pineapple with limes, green onions, and bang bang sauce for dipping. Add extra chili sauce mixed with a couple tablespoons of ketchup for a little double-dip action. Enjoy!
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  1. I tried this recipe and did not changed a thing and everyone raved about it. If I may say so myself, I am a pretty good cook and my family said it was one of the best meal i served yet 😉
    So thanks you lovely lady fir sharing,

    Alex from Ottawa, Canada

  2. What would be a good side for these skewers? I have all the ingredients but I would like to make it a meal 🤷🏼‍♀️

  3. 5 stars
    This was soooooo good, and I didn’t even make the bang bang sauce! I also marinated my chicken which was super tasty

  4. 4 stars
    Four stars only because I had to adjust the bang bang sauce to my liking. Used 5 chipotles for some good heat in the purée. Baked the skewers, then finished under a high broiler for caramelization. Bang bang sauce was lacking (especially in spiciness): added 1-2 more Tbs Thai chili sauce for sweetness, a pinch of salt, and ~1.5 Tbs spicy chili crisp oil for heat. Served over rice with LOTS of fresh cilantro and green onion, and yum!!

  5. This was delicious!! Would definitely make again! We used 3 chipotle peppers in our marinade and didn’t think it was too spicy. Our bang bang sauce did not look like the one pictured and we followed the recipe exactly. Ours was brown. Maybe try tsps of soy sauce rather than tbsps. It was still tasty though.

  6. 5 stars
    This has been on frequent rotation this summer! So delicious!! I skip the skewer part and just used chicken tenders. I also just roast spears of pineapple instead of chunks. I make HBH coconut rice recipe and oven roastedH broccoli. Works great to make a “bowl dinner”. Thanks for this one!

  7. 5 stars
    Our family had these for dinner tonight and we all gave it a big thumbs up!! We were looking for something different to do with chicken breasts and did not want traditional chicken skewers with veggies. We loved the marinade and bang bang sauce made them. They will definitely be added to the rotation 😊

    1. Hey Essie,
      Happy Sunday!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and your comment, I love to hear that it was a winner! xx

  8. Best recipe EVER – super easy! This had my family fighting over left overs and asking for the recipe! Consider trying to make mini versions for a potluck bbq. Absolutely excellent!

    1. Hi Cait,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for trying it and your comment!🌼🌸 xx