Fun Sushi For Kids: Hawaiian BBQ Recipe

Please welcome, my friend Laura of Kodomo Sushi. Today she shares a fun recipe for kid-friendly Hawaiian BBQ Sushi. Welcome Laura!
Today's recipe is for Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sushi. I have a few tools to make sushi in a variety of shapes, but you can easily make this with just a bamboo sushi mat if you wish.


hawaiian bbq chicken sushi triangle

What You'll Need:
  • 2 chicken breasts (or 3 chicken thighs or 1 large turkey breast)
    1/3 large orange bell pepper chopped (or 1/4 c crushed pineapple rinsed/drained)
    Hawaiian BBQ Sauce (or teriyaki sauce)
  • Prepared Sushi Rice
  • Sushi Mold or Bamboo Sushi Rolling Mat
In the pictures you'll see the chopped orange bell peppers I used. If you already know this is not going to go over well at your table, change it up. Use pineapple instead!

*If you're using pineapple, make sure you've rinsed and drained it really well and blotted out any excess moisture with a paper towel. If the ingredients rolled/pressed into the sushi are too wet the sushi won't hold together.

hawaiian bbq chicken
How to:
  • Take your chicken and toss it in a food processor for about 30 seconds or so, enough to make sure it's finely chopped.
  • When you're finished transfer it to a bowl, and add just a teaspoon (to start with) of the Hawaiian BBQ sauce. You don't want the chicken too wet, so we're only adding enough to add flavor to the meat and make it a little sticky. If you find the chicken is still too dry or doesn't have enough flavor add a little more.
  • Next add in your orange bell pepper and mix well.
  • Prep your mold by lining plastic wrap inside. Press in your sushi rice to cover the bottom and sides of the mold. Next fill the middle of the roll with your bbq mixture, and top with rice. Make sure you use enough rice, but not so much that you'll overfill once you press the rice down with the top of the mold.
  • Use the plastic wrap to pull your sushi out of the mold once pressed.
  • Now you're ready for slicing! Make sure you have a VERY sharp knife, and after every other slice wipe your knife off with a wet rag.
Once sliced, your sushi is ready to be served! I like to add a little more of the Hawaiian BBQ sauce to a dish for dipping.

hawaiian bbq chicken sushi

I like to make this using grilled chicken. Whenever we grill, especially chicken, we always grill extra so I have some to use through the rest of the week. I think the grilled flavor goes great with the teriyaki sauce that's added.


About Kodomo Sushi: My name is Laura, and I, like Michelle, am passionate about making food fun and interesting for kids to eat. At Kodomo Sushi it is my goal to make sushi kid-friendly, and show moms and dads how easily it can be made in your own home. I also feel it's a great way to culturally broaden a child's tastes, as well as get them involved in the kitchen.

It's an honor to be a guest contributor for Muffin Tin Mom! I remember in 2009 looking up fun and new things to do to get picky eaters to eat, and who's blog did I run across? That's right. MTM! It's the very first blog I started following, so to be here sharing one of my recipes today is truly a special moment for me.


  1. This looks delicious!

  2. This sounds delicious. I bet even my picky eaters would love this. I'm going to try it over the summer. Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. very cute! This looks like something even I could do!

  4. I have Hawaiian BBQ recipe up today too. Your looks great!