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Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice

Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice |

If there is one meal my kids get excited about, it’s kebabs. I’m not sure what it is about kebabs, but when I say that’s what we are having for dinner I always get a big “HURRAY!” from everyone. It makes me wonder why I don’t make them more often.

This simple and flavorful kebab recipe comes from the newest cookbook from the people at America’s Test Kitchen. It’s named 6 Ingredient Solution and when I was asked if I wanted to check out a copy for review, I couldn’t resist after reading it’s name. 6 ingredients?? Right before the busy school year is about to start? Yes, please. Talk about perfect timing.

As with all of their other cookbooks, America’s Test Kitchen 6 Ingredient Solution is chock full of recipes and tips that are tried and true. I always learn something new from the side notes that are included with each recipe – sometimes it’s a favorite ingredient that they prefer to use, most of the time it’s a technique with an unfamiliar (or familiar!) ingredient.

Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice |

This Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice recipe is a busy weeknight dinner’s dream come true. The ingredient list is what drew me in, I always have cooked chicken sausage in the freezer and they defrost super quick (for someone who always forgets to defrost, that is a good thing). The rest of the straight-forward ingredients can be easily found already in your pantry (hoisin, sesame oil, rice) or picked up at the grocery store (peppers and pineapple). Cooking up the kebabs under the broiler with minimal effort on my part – as opposed to grilling them – was also something that intrigued me. This dinner literally came together in just about 30 minutes (give or take – with prep), and I can see it being even faster if you take a few minutes to put the kebabs together earlier in the day before dinnertime.

I even got my daughter involved with dinner prep, which is something I admit I don’t often do. Brushing on the hoisin sauce was a perfect job for her!

Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice |

A few (several, actually) recipes from the cookbook I think my family will love:

Chicken Pizzaiola with Pasta

Polenta Casserole with Sausage and Peppers

Roasted Tomato and Corn Tostadas

Meatloaf Florentine

Egg, Ham and Hashbrown Pie

Mushroom-Miso Soup with Shrimp and Udon

Roasted Cod Fillets with Crispy Potatoes and Lemon


Dinner is served – enjoy!


Print Recipe

Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 12 ounces cooked chicken sausages
  • 2 red or green bell peppers
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce


  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes longer. Off heat, let rice sit, covered, until tender about 15 minutes longer. Fluff rice with fork; cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut sausage into 1-inch chunks; core bell peppers and cut into 1-inch pieces. Thread sausage, bell peppers, and pineapple onto eight 12-inch metal skewers.
  3. Lay skewers on prepared sheet and brush with hoisin sauce. Broil skewers, turning occasionally, until vegetables are softened and well browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with rice.

You will need eight 12-inch metal skewers for this recipe. (Be very careful because those metal skewers get HOT!) For the rice, I used brown long-grain rice instead of white and cooked it up in my rice cooker. For the sausage, I used Aidells Pineapple & Bacon chicken sausage (chicken apple sausage would work great too).

No grill required for these quick, easy, and tasty kebabs! Recipe printed with permission from America's Test Kitchen 6 Ingredient Solution Cookbook

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Winner will receive one copy of America’s Test Kitchen 6 Ingredient Solution cookbook.

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172 comments on “Aloha Kebabs with Sesame Rice”

  1. Sounds delicious! I have some hoisin sauce I bought for another recipe and never used, so I’ll probably be trying this out this week. Thanks!

  2. The sesame rice looks amazing! I’m always looking for new flavors for my rice side dishes. 🙂

  3. My kids love kabobs too! And I should probably start cooking with them more too.

  4. What a great prize..

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  6. Looks absolutely delish!! Love recipes that require only a few ingredients!

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  10. Looks yummy, hope I win =)

  11. These look perfect! I love hawaiian and sesame rice!

  12. My kids like any meat on a stick! p.s. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  13. Oh how I love kebabs! These look awesome, and I’d love the book!

  14. Sounds like a great book!

  15. This looks great! I am always on the hunt for simple weeknight meals and I love ATK.

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  19. I love kebabs too – also wondering why I don’t make them more often! Love me some America’s Test Kitchen as well! Must add this to the week’s menu. Also signed up for your newsletter – don’t know why I hadn’t done it before! 🙂

  20. I came across this cookbook online not too long ago and have been intrigued ever since. It was nice to read about it again and see more positive reviews about it. You can never go wrong with America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks and publications! The kebabs sound fantastic–they seem really versatile too if you want to use a different protein, and I love the idea of cooking them under the broiler instead of firing up the grill on a super-hot summer day.

  21. I think it’s the skewers! My kids go crazy for anything on a skewer or toothpick…I think it’s the danger factor. And p.s. you had me at “Aloha”.

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  23. Can’t wait to try this recipe, perfect summer recipe.

  24. What a fun and easy recipe! I have everything on hand and need to give this a go this week. Yayy for easy dinners. Would love to win this book

  25. This recipe looks sooooo good and perfect for end of summer grilling !!

  26. This looks awesome. We love America’s Test Kitchen and my 5y/o loves to help me cook.

  27. This sounds right up my alley!

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  29. This’ll make it onto my menu plan this week :). Thanks!

  30. Yum! I love Hawaiian-style kebabs! I’ll have to try it with the chicken sausage…sounds great!

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  42. I’m so obsessed with ATK and all of their cookbooks, but somehow I hadn’t seen this one yet. So glad you’re reviewing it today 🙂 The kebabs look amazing – I’m all in for anything that involved hoisin sauce!

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  45. The kebabs look great!

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  47. I love kabobs in the summer- so each to have your meal all on one skewer.

  48. I saw this earlier today on twitter and have meant to make it over to your blog to comment!! I love these kebabs! You know me – anything with pineapple I am all over it!! I love the America’s test kitchen books. I have the baking one and its amazing; I too love the fact that every recipe is extensively tested! How are you? How is your pregnancy going?

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  50. The kebabs look fantastic! Great giveaway! 🙂

  51. Yum! Kebabs are delicious and so fun to eat — that’s probably why your kids love ’em! And great giveaway — awesome recipes from ATK, always.

  52. We love them too! So easy to make!

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  54. What a great idea! I love the idea of using less ingredients!

  55. Looks really good, I am going to copy this down and try it.
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  65. That’s one easy kebab…looks delicious too 🙂

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  76. This looks great, thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  80. Saw your post (via RecipeGirl) of the recipes you tried and it looks good I kind of want to try the meatloaf recipe. Thanks for the change to win! Jennifer

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  86. I must admit, being able to make kabobs with the broiler really intrigued me!
    Looks like a wonderful idea!

  87. This cookbook looks like another winner from America’s Test Kitchen. The kebab look great.

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  101. Kebobs look yummy!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE America’s Test Kitchen Books!!!

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  107. The kebobs look amazing. I would have to agree, kids do go crazy for anything on a stick. My almost three year old loves it!

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  109. Cooking with only 6 ingredients sounds great, so does the kebabs, thanks for sharing.

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  121. These look so elegant but sound so simple! What kind of chicken sausage did you use? I always want to try all the different flavored ones but I imagine you want the flavors of the dish not to be overwhelmed here. Thanks for sharing.

    • I used Aidell’s Pineapple and Bacon ones for this, they were perfect, but I would use the Chicken and Apple ones too!

  122. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  123. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!!

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  131. Love the kebab recipe. Thank you.

  132. Yum! I wish I had a grill!

  133. kebab’s are such a fun way to enjoy dinner! Looks fabulous!

  134. I would think that the sausage didn’t have to be cooked before broiling them?

    • The sausages I was referring to was the precooked packaged ones (like those in the smoked sausage section), I didn’t actually precook them myself.

  135. Love the recipe for kabobs

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  154. Oh how delicious do these kebabs look 🙂 I just love this recipe!!

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