Making Kabobs for a Large Group?

August 4, 2022

I am making chicken and spam kabobs with green peppers, onions and fresh pineapple for 50 people. Can you please tell me how much of each ingredients I need to buy? Please help.



August 4, 20220 found this helpful
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For Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs with chicken and spam (50% chicken and 50% spam) for 50 people you need:

4.85 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes
(if 100% chicken Hawaiian Party Kabob, then for 1 you need 0.19 lb boneless, for 50 - 9.5-9.7 lb skinless chicken breast
if 50% chicken in the kebob, then for 1 you need 0.095 lb, for 50 - 4.75-4.85 lb skinless chicken)

6 1/4 (12-ounce can) spam cut into cubes
(if 100% spam kebab, then for 1 you need 1/4 (12-ounce can) Spam
if 50% spam kebab, then for 1 you need 1/8 (12-ounce can))

16.7 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple)

8.4 large green peppers, diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces

5.6 large red onion , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces


For marinade:

1.85 cup ketchup

1.9 cup packed dark brown sugar

1.9 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1.4 cup canned pineapple juice

22.2 Tbsp olive oil , divided, plus more for brushing grill

8.35 Tbsp rice vinegar

22.2 garlic cloves, minced (4 tsp)

5.6 Tbsp minced ginger

2.8 tsp sesame oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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August 4, 20220 found this helpful
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For 1 - 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
and 1/8 spam
For 50 you need 25 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
and 6.25 spam

38-50 bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (your choice green color), 0.75-1 per one person

50 large red onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces


3-3.2 cups soy sauce (or tamari)
3-3.2 cups canned pineapple juice
38 tablespoons honey (or brown sugar)
25 tablespoons sesame oil
6.25 teaspoon garlic powder
3-3.2 teaspoon ground ginger
3-3.2 teaspoon salt
3-3.2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3-3.2 cup cold water whisked
12.5 tbsp cornstarch
12.5-25 tablespoons olive oil (or more sesame oil)
oil or grill cooking spray for grill grates

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August 6, 20220 found this helpful
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First - very important -
How much help will you have available?
How much time will be available to prepare food before the event?
Will you be able to prepare one or two days ahead?


Second; I believe you have chosen one of the most difficult recipes to use for a crowd as there are so many variables it will be very hard to narrow down the amount of each ingredient needed to serve 50 people.
You can easily note this problem when seeing how confusing the answers have been.
But even the answers do not address the problems that could arise if you try to follow one or more as the question is not only how many kabobs for 50 people but how many kabobs you will need per person.
Number per person?
It depends on what other sides you are serving and how big your kabobs are. I would probably count on 3 per person. Some will only have 1 or 2 some will have 4.

Type of outing?
Children and adults?
Skewers are hard to eat from and can be dangerous for kids. If they aren't seated, this could be a parent's nightmare.


What other food will be served?
Will these be served with a drippy sauce?
Will this be a walk-around gathering or a sit-down affair?

Please read some answers from previous questions before you decide how to proceed:

Here are some recipes to check out as you can scroll down to the Ingredients list and change the number of servings to whatever number you need: 50 or 100>
Then add spam to your list. Remember; there are 13 different flavors of Spam available now.
You will also have to decide if you will be using fresh pineapple or canned pineapple.
Have you decided on what type of sauce or marinade you wish to use?


This info may also help you:

This is a food forum where you can ask questions and members will help guide you through your problems.

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March 30, 2022

I'm having a party. How many pounds of chicken, do I need to make 100 kabobs? How much red, yellow and green peppers do I need and how many fresh pineapple do I need for everything?


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March 31, 20220 found this helpful
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My questions would be:
How many guests will be at the party?
Do the 100 kabobs mean for 100 guests or does this mean 2 or 3 kabobs per person?
Will all guests be adults or will there be children also?
Is this a lunch or dinner party?
Will this be a sit-down party or a stand-up/walk-around party?
Will there be other food available or is this the one and only type of food?
Have you made kabobs for a large crown before?
I'm only asking these questions because the answers will sometimes make a big difference in how much food will be needed.

This link from ThriftyFun may help answer some questions:

I help plan and prepare food for my church groups and I have found this site invaluable so I hope it will help you also:

This site has some good information but it is a lot of reading:

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March 31, 20220 found this helpful
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I think you want to make Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs.
I found such recipe for 8 kebabs
For 100 kebabs according to the recipe I found, you need:
18.8 pounds chicken (breast or thighs)
12.5 pineapples
12.5 green bell peppers
12.5 red bell peppers
But if you want to use bell peppers of three colors, then about 8.5 bell peppers of each of the three colors.
But better make a few extra kabobs.

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August 6, 2017

I'm trying to get food for my wedding. We are serving kabobs and I need to know how much of everything we need to buy for 55 people. We want green peppers, onions, squash or zucchini, mushrooms, shrimp, chicken breasts, and steak.

But I'm having trouble figuring out how much to get of everything.


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August 6, 20171 found this helpful
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I would prepare the kabobs for 60 people. This way, if a person wants a few extra kabobs you won't run short. You will need to purchase and prepare your ingredients as follows:

6 large green peppers, cut into 1 1/2 cubes
6 medium sized onions, cut into wedges
12 small squash or zucchini, cut into 1 inch slices
144 large fresh mushrooms
5 pounds of medium sized shrimp - cleaned
5 pounds of chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/4 inch squares
5 pounds of steak, cut into 1 1/4 inch squares

You will alternately thread the meat and vegetables.

You can decide on what type of sauce you want to use for your kabobs. There are a variety of sauces that are excellent on kabobs.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful
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Sounds like you have the amount of ingredients you will need and maybe a little extra but I wonder if you have made these in the past and/or experimented with how your quests will "deal' with your kabobs?
You are probably all prepared for the big day but I would like to make a few comments just in case you might have overlooked something.
Will guests be preparing their own or will these be made up ahead of time and made ready for quests to pick up (from a buffet?)? If made ahead do all guests like/eat all of these ingredients? Onions? No pineapple? No allergies to seafood? Will these be cooked on an outdoor grill or in the oven?

What else will you be serving? Reason I ask - will eating utensils be provided so guests can remove hard to remove portions from the skewers? (I always seem to have trouble biting the middle and last pieces and have to use my fingers if plate/fork is not provided.) Sounds like a Greek salad and roasted potatoes would be yummy.

have you decided on what cut of steak you will use? I believe sirloin is usually recommended. What size pieces? Maybe experiment to be sure everything will cook correctly - same length of time. (Maybe 1" square or even smaller if lots of ladies are present?) Will you be marinating your steak just to be sure of the flavor and tenderness? If so, this takes extra time.

Shrimp - what size will you buy? I usually buy the 31 to 35 per lb; peeled and deveined but you may be planning on cleaning your own - more time. Also, will you be marinading these? Be sure to provide fresh cut lemons wedges on condiment trays.

Chicken - cut size? Try different cuts to see what you like best. Will you be marinating your chicken?

Skewers - Will you be soaking your skewers? It is usually recommended but not absolutely necessary (at least I have read that) but I always soak mine as these are wood and will be over a fire (grill) or in a hot oven (unless you will be using metal skewers).

One thing I have learned - Skewers can be threaded up to 2 hours ahead and chilled separately, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated.

Hope you have a wonderful wedding and we send you wishes for everything to go just like you want it to.

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July 12, 2019

I'm making steak, onion, bell pepper, and squash kabobs, as well as, chicken, onion, bell pepper, and pineapple kabobs for 6 adults and 2 young children, so 8 people total. How much do I need to get of each item? The sides that will be served with them are a strawberry and feta cheese baby spinach salad and pasta.


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July 12, 20190 found this helpful

Make two kebabs for adults and older children and one kebab for little kids. You have a lot of other sides.

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July 12, 20190 found this helpful

Yum! Make double what I think people will eat because I am always nervous there won't be enough. That is me. I would make 4 kabobs ...2 chicken, 2 beef...for each person over 10 and one for each person under 10. I would also have something like chicken fingers or hot dogs for the kids as the kids in my world would not eat kabobs. Again, this is me because I want everyone to be happy! Have a fun party! Blessings!!

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July 12, 20190 found this helpful

How many kabobs do you normally eat could give you an idea of how many to make.

I personally would probably eat 3-4 kabobs and the young children would eat 1 or 2 kabobs.

It is safer to make more than less, if there are any leftovers you could eat them, or your guests could bring them home.

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July 14, 20190 found this helpful

Well, I believe everyone has told you how many kabobs you may need but how about amount of ingredients?

For 8 people I would think 2-3 pounds of beef and 2 pounds of chicken (this is amount of meat ready to place on kabobs so add some to that if you have to discard any of the beef or chicken). Also, bratwurst (each cut in 4 chunks) is good to have on hand in case other meat gets low.
Here is a site that shows amount for each ingredient;

Personally, I never place exactly the same thing on kabobs as people have different preferences (especially bell peppers, onions and garlic) and may eliminate some 'waste'.
I would also consider making different kabobs for smaller children as they can be very picky about vegetables and you may find them eating one type of meat and discarding the rest.
I use smaller skewers for children and make several with only one type of meat and one vegetable. Generally the children like this. Be sure they only take one kabob at a time....
Also, with children I have used the appetizer/cocktail wieners and these are usually a hit.
Do you have children who will eat this type of salad?
I always try to have at least one dish that is a favorite of children and that is usually macaroni and cheese because it can be eaten warm or cold and is not on the 'messy' side.

Hope you will have plenty of help but even so you may wish to consider preparing some of your food the day before your party.

Here is a link that has some good suggestions; maybe you can use one or two to help you with preparations so you can enjoy the party also.

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