Pineapple & Chicken Sate

This sate marinade is so flavourful. It pairs well with both chicken and pork tenderloin and can be prepared a day in advance for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.


This sate is the first thing that my husband ever made for me. It’s one of the many recipes of his mothers that he used to woo me in those early days which I guess you could say worked! It has only been in the past year that I have actually started making this recipe without him and let me tell you, it’s so easy - though it was still easier to have him do it!

The addition of the pineapple gives a tropical vibe with the sweet + tart flavour that pairs so well with the ginger/soy combo of the marinade.

This marinade is great to make in advance - the longer your meat marinades the better. It also freezes great. Just make sure you prep your meat in a freezer safe ziplock and pour your marinade over. It makes for an easy weeknight dinner on those busy nights.

chicken skewers

prep time 35 min + marinading

cook time 15-20 minutes

total time 55 minutes

servings 4 - 6


1.5 lbs chicken (approx. 3 breasts)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp ginger

3 tbsp dried minced onion

1 cup soya sauce

1 medium pineapple


In a medium saucepan melt butter. Once completely melted add brown sugar, cumin, ginger, mined onion + soya sauce. Allow to simmer on low for 15 minutes then allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Cut chicken into 1.5 inch cubes. Put into a large ziplock bag or marinating container. Pour cooled marinade over chicken. Allow to marinade in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 24 hours (the longer the better).

2 hours before you are ready to grill your chicken take 8-10 wooden skewers and place in a shallow baking dish with water. Allow skewers to soak for 2 hours so they do not burn on the grill.

When you are ready to being skewering first chop your pineapple into pieces the same size as your chicken ( 1.5 inches). Skewer chicken an pineapple alternating as you go.

Grill on bbq turning often for approximately 15 minutes or until fully cooked and juices run clear.