The common thread among these recipes is that they’re simple and quick to prepare and, more importantly, entirely reliable. When we have friends over or head out to a BBQ or picnic, put your money on it that I’ll have made one, or more of these. These chicken skewers are my go to grill recipe because not only are they delish, they don’t require any marinating, simply coating them with a little olive oil, then spices. Once grilled (or broiled) for 8-10 minutes, the tender spiced morsels are brushed with barbecue sauce so the barbecue sauce caramelizes and becomes even more delicious.
Grilled Chicken Kabobs Recipe
- 10-12 wooden shishkabob skewers
- 3-4 chicken breasts (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 3 tsp smoked paprika
- 5 tsp sugar
- 1 C Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
Pour some water in a 9×13 pan and place 10-12 wooden skewers into it. Allow them to soak for an hour or so. Cut 3-4 chicken breasts (about 2 1/2 pounds) into 2 inch cubes. Place them in a medium sized mixing bowl and sprinkle 2 tsp sea salt over the top. Toss the chicken to thoroughly coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. This will help to both flavor the chicken and to keep it tender. Fire up your grill and heat it to 350 degrees. Slice 4 strips of raw bacon into 2 inch pieces. Place them into a small mixing bowl (or food processor). Use an immersion blender (or food processor) to turn the bacon into a thick paste. Sounds weird, I know…but it really gives the chicken a ton of flavor. It’s bacon after all. King of flavor and delight. Into a small bowl place 2 tsp paprika, 3 tsp smoked paprika and 5 tsp sugar. Toss them together to combine.
Pour the seasoning mixture into the bacon paste. Stir it well to combine. Take a paper towel and pat the chicken dry, then spoon the seasoning/paste mixture over the chicken. Toss the chicken thoroughly to combine. I just put both my hands into the bowl and mixed and mixed it all around, until the chicken was well coated. Make sure to wash your hands (super well!) when you are done. Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers. Lay a large piece of tin foil on your grill and spray it with cooking spray. Set the chicken kabobs on the foil. Cook for about 8 minutes per side. When the chicken has cooked through brush each kabob with Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce. Allow them to cook for 2-3 additional minutes so the sauce has a chance to heat through. Serve with additional BBQ Sauce.
What goes with chicken shish kabobs?
Here are a few sides dishes for kabobs:
Rice (mildly flavored with butter)
Couscous (mildly flavored so it doesn’t overpower the kabob flavor)
Pita bread and hummus