These Chicken Kabobs are the perfect summer night dinner. The homemade BBQ sauce is full of bright flavors like mango, jalapeno, and tomato, balanced with the deep smoky flavor of chili powder and smoked paprika. All those flavors pair perfectly with the warm charcoal grilled chicken.
Easy Dinner Recipe
We all want easy dinner recipes in the summer! When the days are long and it has been a hot afternoon at the pool or ball fields, you just want to get dinner on the table.
There are a few things that make this such an easy recipe:
First is Del Monte Diced Mango used in the Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. You will NOT be cutting and dicing mangos for this recipe! Simply open a can of diced mangos, drain the juice and pop them in the blender. So easy!
Secondly, you are not marinating the chicken. It will taste like it has been marinating all day, but that is just the power of a REALLY GREAT SAUCE!!
Third, you can make the Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to grill the chicken skewers just pull it out of the fridge and warm it up on the stove or in the microwave.
Variations of Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
If you like to experiment in the kitchen like I do, here are some fun variations of this recipe to try:
(Note: Some of these ideas have not been tested, they are just ideas for you to try)
- Not a fan of mango? Try using peaches in the sauce instead.
- If you want a little or a lot more heat try adding a different kind of pepper. Pepper Joe’s has a great list showing the heat levels of different types of peppers.
- To keep the jalapeno flavor but not the heat, remove the seeds before adding it to the sauce.
- Use 2 jalapenos with seeds for a spicier kick.
- Leave the jalapeno out completely if you do not want ANY heat in the sauce.
- Try grilling pork or shrimp on your skewers instead of chicken.
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce for Dinner
Since these chicken kabobs are so easy to make, why not keep the rest of dinner super simple and give yourself a break!?
The brand Near East has an amazing line of easy to make, quick-cooking grain side dishes that I love to use. I like to make their Curry Couscous to have with these Chicken Kabobs. The Roasted Garlic or Pine Nut flavor would go well with this too.
For the veggie side it really depends on what looks good, is in season, or is on sale at the store. In the past we have had broccoli or oven roasted asparagus. If I do not want to cook inside we have even had onions, peppers and mushrooms seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, skewered and grilled right alongside the Chicken Kabobs.
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Jalapeno Mango BBQ Sauce Recipe
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
- 4 fresh chicken breasts, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes and seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder
Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
- 1 15 ounce Del Monte Diced Mangos in light syrup drained (reserve juice)
- 1 tablespoon reserved mango juice
- 2 plump garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon onion, chopped
- 1 fresh jalapeno, chopped keep seeds for more heat, deseed for less heat
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- pinch red pepper flakes
Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
- Place all the ingredients for the sauce into a food processor or powerful blender. Blend until all the ingredients are pureed, about 1 minute.Pour into a sauce pot and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.Divide the sauce- Use ⅓-1/2 cup of the sauce for glazing the chicken on the grill. Keep the remaining sauce seperate for serving.
Grilled Chicken Skewers
- Place the cut and seasoned chicken onto 4-5 skewers. If you are using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in water for 20 minutes so they do not burn on the grill.
- Prepare your grill with a high heat side and an indirect heat side by placing the charcoal all on one side of the grill.
- Grill the first side of the chicken skewers over the direct heat for about 5 minutes. Flip the skewers to cook the second side over the direct heat for an additional 5 minutes. Brush the already cooked side generously with the Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. Then flip the chicken one more time onto the indirect heat side of the grill. Brush the second side generously with the Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes on the indirect heat. (By doing this you are preventing the BBQ sauce from burning on the grill)
- Remove the chicken skewers from the heat and let them rest, uncovered, for about 3-5 minutes before serving.
- Used the extra Mango Jalapeno BBQ Sauce for serving by either adding extra sauce to the skewers or placing it in a serving container for the table. You can serve the grilled chicken on the skewers or pull the chicken off the skewer. It is completely up to personal preference.
If nutrition facts are provided they are calculated as an estimate to the best of our knowledge.