Chicken, Pineapple, and Great Friends: Grilling at Home

Howdy, and Happy Monday!

This past Saturday here in Raleigh was the hottest day of the summer thus far for us, and let me tell ya – it was hot. The kind of.IMG_3182hot where the pool water feels like bath water, the not so refreshing swim you aim to dive into after lying out in the summer’s rays.

What better way to celebrate a warm day than a cookout and time with friends? Right? So that’s what Kevin and I did – we had several close friends over to hang out at our neighborhood pool and followed up with a cookout!

Because, let’s face it, summer is not summer time without a proper cookout

After grilling my steak kabobs last Sunday I was in the mood to fire up more flame roasted, brightly colored summer treats. Once I realized that Harris Teeter had buy 2 get 3 free boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale, I knew what I wanted to cook:

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs. Yum.

I asked all of our guests to simply bring a side item of their choice, so in addition to our charcoal heat treat we had plenty of fruit, pasta and caprese salad options to dig into. Not to mention brownies, cake, and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! For real, so much food. So much happiness.

So you might be thinking Emma, this blog is about budgeting and being efficient with money yet you decide to cook for 9 of your friends… how is this economically efficient? How can you afford to host a weekend house party?

Here was the cost breakdown, and believe me I had SEVEN whole kabobs leftover to enjoy :


I also purchased soy sauce and Pineapple juice for the sauce the chicken was marinated in, so I used ~$.6 of those products.

Total Food cost: $36.00, with plenty of food left over at the end of the night. That meant about $4/person.

And for $4.00/person, the food was delicious! I prepared the chicken, vegetables, and fruit ahead of time so that the ladies could spear the kabobs while the men fired up the grill. We had a great time catching up, laughing, and discussing the “proper IMG_3173chicken:vegetable:fruit ratio” for our dinner treat.

And that’s it! In addition to dinner we also had corn hole, puppy dogs, and ladder golf to entertain us. And a couple of beers, but who keeps track of that?


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Marinate your chicken at least 2 hours in the following: 2 cups of ketchup, 1 small can of pineapple juice, 3/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 cup worcestershire, a dash of honey, salt, and pepper. To be honest I did not measure my ingredients (this is an approximate). Create your mix and adjust accordingly to your liking. I made enough to cover/saturate 3.59 pounds of chicken cut into bite sized pieces.

Chop up 2 red bell peppers, 2 green bell peppers, and 1 giant red onion, in addition to 1 large pineapple.

Thread chicken, vegetables, and pineapple onto kabobs as desired. As you might be able to see in the photo, my fiancé doesn’t care for vegetables so there was an entire kabob devoted to chicken.

Once your charcoal is hot, place your skewers on the grill until chicken is cooked thoroughly on the outside, ~10 minutes depending on your grill.

Enjoy, and go back for seconds 🙂

What are you favorite summer meals?



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