Tender pieces of marinated chicken cooked on a BBQ or griddle for a sweet and smoky flavour. So simple to prepare for a light Summer dinner.

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Can’t wait to get the BBQ out!

Actually, I won’t be touching the BBQ. Chris won’t let me (I’m good with that!). But I can’t wait to eat BBQ food like these chicken skewers (or these Thai fish cake skewers or these lamb souvlaki kebabs, or even the chicken tikka masala that Chris cooks on the BBQ < bbq’d chicken tikka is another level!).

These honey garlic chicken skewers are an absolute favourite with everyone.

Lewis will even eat the onion (notorious onion finder and remover) as they take on that lovely honey-garlic flavour.

What do we need?
Ingredients for honey garlic chicken skewers on a wooden table

How to make these chicken kebabs

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients (veg and sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce and honey)  together in a small bowl.
  2. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour on three-quarters of the marinade (reserving the rest). Place in the fridge (covered) for an hour.
  3. Thread the marinated chicken on skewers along with pieces of red pepper and onion.
  4. Place the skewers on a smoking hot griddle or BBQ, and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through and the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Brush with the reserved marinade halfway through cooking.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and coriander before serving
8 image collage showing how to make honey garlic chicken skewers

What to serve it with

You can serve these chicken skewers with:


honey garlic chicken skewers with sesame seeds on top

Pro tips for perfect kebabs

Skewers:

You can use wooden or metal skewers.

Metal skewers can actually help the chicken to cook faster, as the metal heats up and helps to cook the meat from the inside. However they’re HOT and they retain their heat for longer – so be careful not to burn yourself.

Wooden skewers can still be hot during cooking but they don’t conduct heat within the chicken pieces and they don’t retain their heat for as long. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for an hour before using. This will help to prevent them from burning during cooking.

Even pieces:

Try to keep the size of the pieces of chicken even, and ideally make the chicken pieces slightly larger than the chunks of pepper and onion. The chicken requires longer cooking than the peppers and onion, and the chicken needs to be in contact with the griddle or BBQ all the time. If you have small pieces of chicken and large pieces of pepper, the pepper will char and the chicken will be undercooked.

Spacing:

Don’t squash the meat and vegetables together on the skewers. Leaving a tiny bit of space between each will allow a bit of airflow during cooking and will help the heat to penetrate better – meaning they’ll cook more evenly.

Check the chicken!

Always check the chicken is cooked by slicing into a larger piece and ensuring it’s piping hot and no longer pink in the middle. Check up and down the skewers to ensure the chicken looks evenly cooked throughout. If you’re still finding the chicken is pink and the veggies are starting to look overcooked, you can finish in a hot oven, covered in foil for 5-10 minutes (to prevent the chicken from drying out). You shouldn’t need to to this. Out of the many times, I’ve made chicken skewers, I’ve only needed to do this once because I cut the chicken pieces too big.


Close up of honey garlic chicken skewers sprinkled with sesame seeds

Watch how to make it:

YouTube video

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Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers

Honey Garlic Chicken Skewers – Tender pieces of marinated chicken cooked on a BBQ or griddle for a sweet and smoky flavour.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 5 -6 skewers
Course: BBQ, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, British

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey

Skewers:

  • 2 chicken breasts (approx 350g/12.5 oz) chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped into large chunks
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced into squares
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • small bunch of coriander/cilantro roughly torn
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Instructions 

  • Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.
    1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger, 3 tbsp dark soy sauce, 3 tbsp honey
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and pour on three-quarters of the marinade (save the rest for brushing on the chicken during cooking). Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour (or up to a day).
    2 chicken breasts
  • Soak your skewers if they're wooden ones (to prevent them from burning) or use metal skewers.
  • When you're ready to cook, heat your BBQ or griddle until it's very hot.
  • Thread a piece of chicken onto a skewer, followed by a chunk of red pepper, then a piece of chicken and a slice of onion. Repeat until you use up all the skewers and chicken. Discard any of the marinade left in the bowl.
    1 red bell pepper, 1 onion
  • Place the skewers on the BBQ or griddle, and cook for 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Turn 3-4 times during cooking, and brush with the reserved marinade half way through cooking. To check the chicken is cooked, slice open the largest piece and make sure it's no pink in the middle.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and coriander, then serve with salad and rice or potatoes (try these Greek Potatoes ) if you like.
    1 tbsp sesame seeds, small bunch of coriander/cilantro

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Can I make it ahead?
You can marinate the chicken up to a day ahead, but I wouldn’t recommend cooking the chicken ahead and then reheating later, as this will dry the chicken out.
However, you can cook the chicken kebabs, cool them and serve them cold as part of a salad or wrap.
Ingredient swaps/additions
Swap out the onion and peppers for mushrooms, red onion, chunks of courgette or pieces of pineapple
Add sriracha/chilli powder/chilli flakes to the marinade for a spicy kick
Nutritional Information is approximate and is per skewer

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 901IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

This post was first published in April 2016. Updated in May 2020 with new photos, video and recipe tips.

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  1. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    These were very tasty. As I had no griddle or BBQ I did most of them under the grill and a few in the air fryer as I ran out of space. They weren’t quite as good as done the proper way but still yummy!

  2. Annetta Kristiansen says:

    5 stars
    The honey garlic skewers are wonderful. I marinated them for three hours, just so easy to make and delicious. Can’t wait to make others skewer recipies, I love this site.
    Have one book and will buy the next one.

  3. Kay Marsh says:

    Made this for lunch for visitors was so delicious will definitely be doing this more best skewers eva.

  4. Stuart says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious and very easy to make.

    I added cubes of fresh pineapple to the skewers and it really worked with the sweet and salty taste of the dish