There's nothing better than bite size pieces of Asian chicken kabobs that are infused with smoky flavor. This simple Asian marinade comes together quick and easy. The chicken is soaked in the Asian marinade and then grilled to perfection with fruit and vegetables.
What makes these Asian Chicken Kabobs a great grilling recipe?
Asian Chicken Kabobs are a crowd-pleaser and are sure to impress your guests at any summer barbecue or outdoor gathering. They're a fun and interactive way to enjoy grilled chicken and are perfect for sharing.
The marinade for Asian Chicken Kabobs is packed with bold, savory flavors that make the chicken incredibly tasty. The combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and honey creates a sweet and savory marinade that infuses the chicken with delicious flavor.
How to Make Asian Chicken Kabobs
The first thing you want to do is to make the Asian marinade for the chicken at least two hours before you plan on grilling. I combine all of my ingredients in a mixing bowl and then pour it into a gallon size zip lock bag. This way I'm sure that all of the bite size pieces of chicken are soaking up the marinade, while they are in the refrigerator.
While the marinade is working it's flavorful magic you can enjoy your company and even grab a glass of Strawberry Punch. Once you are just about ready to grill, cut up the fresh vegetables and fruit for the skewers. We like to use red bell peppers, onions and pineapple, but feel free to change the vegetables to your favorite or whatever you were able to find at the local farmer's market.
Tips and Tricks:
One tip to keep in mind is that if you are using bamboo skewers, you want to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before you use them. This way they don't catch on fire on the grill. We use our metal skewers for our Asian Chicken Kabobs and save the bamboo skewers for our Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs. There's just something about shrimp and bamboo skewers that seem to go together.
Asian Chicken Kabobs Recipe
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
- 4 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 teaspoons fresh grated ginger root
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
- pineapple cut into chunks
- red bell pepper cut into chunks
- onion cut into chunks
- In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, honey, grated ginger root and cloves of garlic.
- Pour the marinade into a gallon size ziplock bag and add the bite size chicken pieces to the marinade.
- Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least two hours before grilling.
- Just before grilling alternate the chicken, pineapple, red bell peppers and onions on skewers.
- Cook the skewers on the grill for about 8-10 minutes depending upon the size of your chicken.
If you're looking for more ideas for grilling, be sure to check out my Cookout Ideas for inspiration.
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What is the best way to cook chicken kabobs?
The best way to cook chicken kabobs is grilling them.
Grilling imparts a smoky flavor to the chicken that is hard to replicate with other cooking methods. It allows the excess fat to drip off the chicken, making it a healthier option compared to other cooking methods such as frying.
What goes with chicken kabobs?
There are many sides that can go well with chicken kabobs. A simple and refreshing option is a Greek salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and feta cheese.
Grilled vegetables such as zucchini and eggplant also pair well with chicken kabobs. You can also serve some pita bread and tzatziki sauce on the side for a complete meal.
What is the best cut of chicken for kabobs?
The best cut of chicken for kabobs is boneless, skinless chicken breast. Chicken breast is lean, tender, and holds its shape well on the skewer. It also cooks relatively quickly, making it a great choice for kabobs.
How long do chicken kabobs take on the grill?
The cooking time for chicken kabobs on the grill depends on a few factors such as the size of the chicken pieces, the temperature of the grill, and the desired level of doneness.
In general, boneless chicken kabobs will take around 10-12 minutes to cook on a preheated grill over medium-high heat. However, it's always best to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it has reached 165°F (74°C) which is the safe minimum temperature for cooked chicken.
When grilling chicken kabobs, it's important to turn them frequently to ensure even cooking on all sides.