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A 4th of July table isn’t complete without something fresh off the grill. But who says it has to be burgers? Try these bold Kung Pao Chicken Skewers for your Independence Day Feast!

Kung Pao Chicken Skewers

In college, I lived on Kung Pao Chicken.

There was a little Chinese dive right around the corner from the university called Takee-Outee. Although I wouldn’t give it two thumbs up for ambiance, they did make a killer Kung Pao Chicken.

Sometimes I’ll have a random college flashback and instinctively, my mind wonders to Kung Pao Chicken, fiery hot with a touch of sweetness. Funny how associations works.

Kung Pao Chicken Skewers

This Kung Pao Chicken Skewers dish was created out of a little kitchen game I play. I decide what I love about one dish, then apply the same flavor profile, or cooking style, to several other dishes to see what happens.

Sometimes I hit the jackpot!

What makes Kung Pao Chicken so great is the sauce. It’s undeniably spicy, with a rich tangy sweetness and a heavy dose of garlic and ginger. You could put it on just about anything and it would taste good.

So just for kicks, I made a simple Kung Pao marinade then slathered it all over chicken, cremini mushrooms and fresh cut pineapple for Kung Pao Chicken Skewers.

The smoky flavor from the grill mixed with the zippy Kung Pao sauce, is a thing of beauty. I just wish I would have thought of this sooner.

How to Cut a Pineapple

There’s no greater pleasure than finding an easy dish, like Kung Pao Chicken Skewers, that makes a huge impact. Then add a few trusted side dishes, and you’ve got yourself a honey of a meal.

Bush's Beans

We’ve been eating Bush’s Grillin’ Beans with our grilled dishes all season. With 7 varieties of Grillin’ Beans, there is always a flavor that accompanies your meal. I chose the Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin’ Beans to compliment my chicken skewers.

Chicken Skewers with Kung Pao Sauce

The bold sweet essence of the beans was just the thing to make this dinner complete. They neither overshadow the Kung Pao Chicken Skewers, nor were they overshadowed by the heat.

It is a perfect match!

Kung Pao Chicken Skewers

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (or sriracha)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pounds cremini mushrooms
  • 1 whole fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped green onions for garnish


  1. Soak 12-15 wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  2. Place the first seven ingredients in gallon zip bag. Shake to combine.
  3. Cut the chicken into 1 - 1 1/2 inch chunks and place in the bag to marinade for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the pineapple into 1 - 1 1/2 inch chunks.
  5. Then carefully slide the chicken, mushrooms and pineapple chunks on the skewers.
  6. Place the skewers on the grill and brush with the remaining marinade.
  7. Grill for 5 minutes per side, and brush with marinade again when you flip the skewers.
  8. Serve warm with Bush's Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin' Beans and a sprinkle of fresh green onions.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All opinions are my own.

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30 Responses to “Kung Pao Chicken Skewers”

  1. Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted June 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Looks like you really hit the jack pot with this recipe.The pictures are gorgeous, Sommer!
    Kung Pao is also my husband’s favorite. He likes it really spicy.


  2. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted June 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

    i cannot get over my love of asian food right now, and this just solidifies that even more!


  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted June 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I love Kung Pao Chicken, this is brilliant!


  4. Bonnie Kposted June 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’m a big fan of Kung Pao chicken. This recipe for the skewers sounds fabulous.


  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted June 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I love Kung Pao sauce but I never order it because it’s usually dark meat. I’m making pork on the grill tongith and I bet your sauce will be good on it. I can’t wait to make this! Have a great weekend!


  6. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted June 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    These look amazing! Love the addition of the fresh pineapple too. I am totally making these this weekend.


  7. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted June 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Skewers are tons of fun – always a great way of mixing up a nice bbq session. Your kung pao sauce sounds fabulous with the mushrooms, pineapple and chicken! Beans look great too. Have a fun weekend!!


  8. Toni @ Boulder Locavoreposted June 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    In college I lived on Kung Pao Chicken too! I of course did not make it myself but it was my big food discovery and I love it. What an innovative recipe Sommer to make skewers; love that! I’m in a bit of a skewer ‘rut’, thanks for the lift out. Have a great weekend.


  9. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I love the name of that restaurant! These chicken skewers look fantastic, just right for a summer supper.


  10. Belinda @zomppaposted June 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This is a fantastic spin on BBQ! Would have a happy Fourth with these.


  11. Jeanetteposted June 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    So funny Sommer, Kung Pao Chicken was my specialty dish in college. I used to make this at least once a week for my future hubby and his suitemates (they all went off the meal plan and I cooked for them). Love this idea of Kung Pao Chicken on skewers, so fun!


  12. Lizposted June 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Oh, boy, do these skewers look DELISH! I’d have to tone down the spice a bit for my picky family, but I want full spice for mine. And I cracked up at the name of the Chinese restaurant :)


  13. marlaposted June 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Oh do these ever look good and wonderful styling and presentation!


  14. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted June 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    What a creative July 4th recipe! Love the kick in this!


  15. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dryposted June 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Kung Pao is seriously one of my favorite dishes…this looks so good, and very creative! Love it!


  16. Cassie (Bake Your Day)posted June 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I am all about these flavors Sommer. Looks fabulous!


  17. Diane {Created by Diane}posted June 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    YUM< YUM these sure look tasty!


  18. JulieDposted June 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I love the flavor combinations in this, Sommer! I need to try those baked beans too!


  19. BusyWorkingMamaposted July 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Looks delicious with the mushrooms!


  20. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Yum i must try this!


  21. lynn @ the actor's dietposted July 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    love it – with the beans!


  22. Cathyposted July 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

    hello Sommer
    Thanks for the kung pao chicken skewers recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your kung pao chicken skewers photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. submit by yourself and let me know when you did, so I can share it.


  23. Cookin' Canuckposted July 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    You definitely did hit the jackpot, and I HAVE to make this. I just love the idea of the zippy sauce. And it would be perfect with the beans!


  24. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I live for skewers, kebabs, satay…whatever you want to call that meat grilled on sticks! And this looks super yum!


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  29. Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie's Kitchenposted March 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love spicy food. This is sooooo up my alley. Can’t wait to try this recipe. :)


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