These Rainbow Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are not only delicious, but they’re also super fun to make together as a family! If you’re looking for a way to get your kids to try more vegetables, learn some kitchen skills, and have fun creating patterns – these chicken skewers are just the thing!
What kid doesn’t like eating food off a stick? It’s hard enough getting them to try new food using a fork. But add in a little bit of “rule breaking” by letting them eat with their hands and suddenly a new food adventure is ten times as fun. Add paper plates to food on a stick and this easy cleanup makes mom ten times more likely to make it again. Am I right? Ha!
It never fails that every time that I head to the kitchen, the kids are always wanting to help. But
sometimes, the recipe that I’m making at that point in time just doesn’t give much wiggle room
for little hands and lots of questions. This is why I’m pretty much obsessed with these simple
How to teach kids in the kitchen
Not only do they make it simple for the kids to jump in and help, but it also teaches them the
confidence to continue to grow with their kitchen and cooking skills as well! In just 30 minutes they’re going to learn some basic home economics of cooking cleaning, ideas like patterns and colors of the rainbow, counting, listening skills, flavor profiles, and more! You just turned an easy dinner into a homeschooling activity and it only took you 30 minutes! Go you!
Safety Tips For Kids Cooking in the Kitchen
Let’s face it… having some extra help in the kitchen is a great idea but it does also mean that
your children need to learn some basic safety tips as well. Before letting them jump in and
help out with these Hawaiian Chicken Skewers, make certain to talk to them about these basic
safety tips first:
- Raw Chicken Cooties – Be sure to use words appropriate for their age. Remember that a few basic words do the trick. If your kids are school-aged like my older ones, perhaps using terms like “chicken cooties” or “chicken germs” are enough to get the point across. Remind them how long they need to wash their hands and not to touch their faces or other surfaces after touching the raw chicken.
- Cross-Contamination – If you have older kids, talk about ways that you can avoid cross-contamination when using raw chicken, and how to properly clean an area using bleach, dish soap, and/or paper towels (whatever your method is). This is also a great opportunity to talk about the target heat points of germs that make it safe to consume. Ex: it’s okay that raw chicken touches the green pepper because the temperature and time we cook the recipe at will kill the bacteria on both.
- Knife Safety – For younger kids (you know your kid best) you will likely want to do the cutting. This is an opportunity for you to show them how to safely cut different ingredients and the safety measures you take so as to not hurt yourself. Ex: using a rubber mat under a cutting board to keep it from sliding, cutting a pepper shiny side down so the knife doesn’t slip, keeping your fingers away from the sharp blades etc.
- Basic Knife Skills – For older children that are advanced enough to safely attempt cutting on their own, encourage proper knife skills. This can include things such as the difference in dicing versus a julienne chop, cutting using your knuckles as a brace, and the rocking motion of a knife for a safe cut.
- Tools not in use – Since there are going to be veggies and chicken that are going to be cut up, it’s important to talk to the kids about how to use a knife and what to do with the knife when they aren’t using it. If there is a washable sleeve for the knife, show them how to take the knife in and out. If they need to walk with the knife, show them how to safely do so. You may also want to consider giving your child a different knife to use to cut up their veggies just to be certain that there aren’t any accidents or injuries with cross-contamination. Knife safety is one of the biggest aspects of having the kids help out more in the kitchen.
- General Kitchen Safety – Remind them that the kitchen is a calm area of the home. This doesn’t mean that fun can’t happen in the kitchen but it does mean that there shouldn’t be any running or wrestling happening at all (which can be difficult with boys I’ve learned). Just go over those details with the kids before getting started so that they know from the beginning that it’s not going to be allowed.
What can be added to these Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs to
alter the current recipe?
If your house is anything like our house, we like to take a recipe and just try out a few new
things. Go ahead and have fun with this process because it’s what makes recipes and dinner
ideas new again!
Some fun ways that you can alter these chicken skewers is by adding in some colorful veggies
to the mix. Try to add in a variety of peppers that are red, yellow, green, or orange and even
look at adding in purple onions, too. The more colors, the better because that means that you’re
just adding in a lot more healthy vegetables!
Can a child make these Hawaiian Chicken Skewers on
For sure! As long as you’re there with them to provide adult supervision and help out as needed,
your child can create their own kabob and have it stacked any way that they would like.
You just might find that one kid stacks it full of chicken and 2 peppers while the other kid stacks
it full of all peppers and 2 pieces of chicken. It’s actually quite fun to see the differences in how
they’ll make them!
What are some other fruit ideas that you could add to
Call me crazy, but I think that adding in more fruit is a great idea. I like the idea of adding in
some crunchy apples to really give these kabobs a crunchy, sweet taste. And if you’re wanting
to give them a little bit of tartness, add on some chunks of Granny Smith Apples. So good!
What are some tricks to “hiding” the veggies on these
If your child is still giving you grief about wanting to eat veggies, you can try to hide them or
cover-up that veggie taste by adding a little bit of honey to the outside of the veggies. This will
cause them to caramelize up a bit and give them a sweet and tacky flavor.
You can also marinate the veggies chunks in pineapple juice as well that will end up giving them
a sweet taste, too.
See how simple and fun it can be to create this kid-friendly recipe? Just gather up the simple
ingredients listed below and follow along with the recipe to make this delicious family meal!
What job are you going to have the kids do to help out with this Hawaiian
Chicken Kabob recipe?