Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kebabs – A light Nakano #recipe

easy grilled pineapple chicken kebabsSummer always keeps me scrambling to find easy to prepare, yet healthy recipes that my family will eat. We try to eat as many of the in-season fruits and vegetables that we can, they taste so good right now! Lighter fare also makes for delicious summer eating that allows us to keep active! I’ve recently discovered that Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar is the perfect way to let the natural goodness of the season’s produce shine through — with no added fat and low calories!

Using all natural Nakano also takes away the need to flavor our meals with heavy fats! There is a Nakano for every occasion now that so many varieties are available!


Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar

Available seasoned Rice Vinegars are; Balsamic Blend, Basil & Oregano, Original, Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Natural flavors. There is also a nice seasoned Red Wine Vinegar with Italian Herbs.

I was excited to Splash On some Nakano to liven up our meals this past week! I tried several different recipes in the Unexpected Flavors recipe book that Nakano has available {you can find even more Nakano recipes on the website}. The Sloppy Joes recipe that I tried used the Original flavor and was quite tasty. I think I will have to cut down on the spice a bit next time though since it was a bit hot for our family. I loved the trick of simmering the beef in rice vinegar for a few seconds to enhance the flavor! 

Nakano seasoned rice vinegar recipe

I also splashed on some Original when I was making my potato salad yesterday. The bright flavor really was much nicer than my usual plain vinegar! My absolute favorite recipe though is the one I prepared tonight!

The Grilled Lemon Chicken actually turned into Pineapple Chicken Kebabs because I had to substitute some ingredients. I am impressed with how well they turned out and cannot wait to make them again! I love that I didn’t need to use any butter or oil to add flavor to the chicken! Homemade fries would be amazing sprinkled with rice vinegar — making those next week!

Check out my grilled chicken recipe then scroll down to see how you can use Nakano to stay on track with healthy eating this summer!

easy grilled pineapple chicken kebabs

5.0 from 1 reviews
Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kebabs with Nakano
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Chicken and pineapple chunks are marinated in Greek yogurt, seasoned rice vinegar and spices, then grilled until golden and juicy.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 6 oz non-fat Greek Pineapple yogurt
  • ⅓ cup Nakano Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste
  • 1 - 1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple cut into 1½ inch chunks
  • Skewers (soak wooden ones 15 minutes)
  1. In glass bowl, combine yogurt, rice vinegar, ginger, cumin, pie spice, salt and pepper.
  2. Pound chicken breasts to ½ inch thickness and cut into long 1½ inch wide strips.
  3. Place chicken in yogurt mixture and stir well to coat. Cover and put in the fridge for 2 hours (can leave overnight if you wish).
  4. Onto skewers, alternate chicken and pineapple chunks. You should have 6 - 8 skewers depending on size of skewers and chicken strips.
  5. Discard remaining marinade.
  6. Grill kebabs over a medium heat until chicken is no longer pink -- about 15 - 20 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.

You can grill on oiled grill grates or spray a sheet of aluminum foil with nonstick spray for easier clean up. You can also make these in the broiler.

*adapted from Unexpected Favorites Second Edition

Splash It On with Nakano

Nakano Rice Vinegar is so versatile — sprinkle it, splash it, stir it, mix it, marinate and toss it into all of those everyday dishes for a little extra punch! You can visit the Nakano 60-Day Splash it on, Step it up Challenge on Facebook to get even more tips and ideas on healthy eating, keeping active and even the chance to win some great prizes!

Starting June 25th, Nakano launched a 60-Day walking challenge to encourage us to make healthy lifestyle choices. Check out the fun Step It Up Step-o-Meter tracker that shows how many steps participants have walked so far!

Prizes include:

  • First prize of a one-year free gym membership. If over 1 million steps are reached over the course of the 60 days, a second 1st prize will be awarded.
  • Second prize winner receives six personal training sessions.
  • Third prize winner will receive a Nakano workout bag. 

You can also sign up to be a member of the Splash For Cash Club where you’ll receive tips and recipes from Mizkan’s Splash newsletter. As a bonus, each month a Splash subscriber has the chance to win $150! Get even more updates and recipe ideas by following @NakanoSplash on Twitter!

So Splash It On and Step It Up!

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Nakano and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
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  1. 1

    I am so surprised at how much I enjoy Nakano. Your kabobs look delish. Pineapple sounds really good right now.

  2. 2

    I love grilled pineapple! What a great recipe – thanks!

  3. 3

    I’ve never tried this. But yumm!!!

  4. 4

    Grilled pineapple is delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe.

  5. 5
    Cristin Cogen says

    OK this grilled pineapple just made my stomach rumble. I need to try it.. looks so yummy!

  6. 6

    I’ve never tried Nakano, but I’ve read a lot about it lately and it sounds very good. Your kabobs look incredibly tasty!

  7. 7

    It looks so delicious! I love chicken and pineapple kabobs

  8. 8

    We never barbeque kabobs and I don’t for the life of me know why not. Oh ya I know why. My husband does the barbequing and he does not like fruits or vegetables. I must make this happen – they look yummy.

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