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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Easy peasy chicken skewers with burst of sweet and spicy flavors! Ultimate quick meal for a busy night.

Who doesn’t love sweet and spicy combination? Practically no one.

And who does not love easy peasy meals? No one.

And who doesn’t love cilantro? Ok, a lot of people think they taste like soap, but I can’t get enough of them! And I sure hope you love them too.

Today’s recipe is hardly a recipe. I basically mix bunch of asian flavors into a quick sauce, marinate the chicken pieces in the said sauce and bake, or grill them! The easiest dinner ever! Every time I make these, my husband polishes off his plate, and so do I.

It’s perfect over rice, salad, or just as an appetizer.

Not that you need the step-by-step photos, but here it is for your viewing pleasure. It’s a habit! 🙂

Sweet & spicy chicken skewers- step by step photo tutorial

It might look redundant to add both soy sauce and salt in the sauce, but I’m using Japanese dark soy sauce here, which is less salty yet has rich deep flavors. I personally don’t use less sodium soy sauce, instead I simple thin the regular soy sauce with water, if needed.

Raw honey is a staple in my kitchen. (Having a bee-keeper sis-in-law helps!!) I highly encourage you to use only raw honey, as regular commercial honey in the grocery stores is more honey-flavored corn syrup than honey (check out the ingredient list!). I love the floral sweet notes in raw honey, which adds not only sweetness in the sauce, but also deep honey flavor. Plus, raw honey is good for you!

And finally, fresh ginger is a must in the sauce. It brightens the flavors and adds a little bit of zing! I usually use a fresh ginger paste from a tube. So convenient and has fresh flavors!

Oh and feel free to adjust Sriracha amount to your taste. If you’re sensitive to heat, start with 1/2 tablespoon and go from there.

Happy grilling, my friends, and thanks for stopping by!

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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Easy peasy chicken skewers with burst of sweet and spicy flavors! Ultimate quick meal for a busy night.

Yield: about 9 skewers

Prep Time:1 hour 15 min (Includes marinating)

Cook Time:20 min

Total Time:1 hour 35 min


For the sauce:

  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha*
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (Japanese dark version)
  • ½ tablespoon fresh grated ginger (or fresh ginger paste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1lb (500gr) chicken breast, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, honey, olive oil, Sriracha, soy sauce, ginger, black pepper and salt.
  2. Cut the chicken into small cubes, about 1-inch. Place them in a ziplock bag and pour in the marinade. Squeeze out as much air as possible and zip the bag. Marinate for at least an hour, or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Thread the marinated chicken cubes in the skewers, about 4-5 pieces on each. Line a baking sheet with a foil, drizzle the olive oil and arrange the chicken skewers on it.
  5. Put the marinade into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Brush on the reduced sauce on the chicken and bake it until fully cooked, 15-20 minutes, turning and brushing on the sauce half way.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

*Feel free to adjust the Sriracha amount to your taste. If you’re sensitive to heat, start with 1/2 tablespoon and go from there.

Alternatively, you can grill the chicken skewers for 10-15 minutes, turning and brushing on the sauce half way.

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This recipe was originally published on May 11th, 2015.






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  1. made them as chicken strips. I had all ingredients except the Japanese soy sauce so i used low sodium one. I doubled the recipe. it was delicious. everyone loved it

    Rating: 5
  2. Would boneless skinless chicken thighs work for this too?

  3. How nice that your sister in law is a bee keeper. There’s nothing like raw honey. 🙂 Nice pics, Shinee!

  4. These look delicious! What a great recipe to try on the grill!

  5. I love Cilantro! And these look truly amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂 

  6. These look so yummy! I happen to have some chicken breast in the freezer and this looks like the perfect meal to try!

  7. Shinee, this looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe at #FoodieFriDIY last week and I look forward to seeing more of your tasty recipes linked up at our party. Pinning and will be sharing on my FB page tomorrow. 

  8. These looks so delicious ~ yum! #FoodieFriDIY

  9. Hey Shinee!!! Loving this recipe!!! I featured it on my faves for #foodiefridiy!!! Feel free to swing by and check out some of my other faves!

  10. This looks incredibly delicious!  Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  11. Do you think shrimp could be used for this recipe too or would that require different seasoning?

  12. I’m going to give these a try for dinner tonight.  Thx

  13. I love cilantro! These skewers sound absolutely delish! Thank you so much for sharing them at Freedom Fridays!

  14. Ahhhh these look amazing!!! 😀  Gorgeous photos as well 😀  I just bought some brand-spanking new metal skewers… I think I’ll have to break them in with this recipe! 😉

  15. Oh, you’re photos are making me drool! These look amazingly delicious…. shared, shared and shared!

  16. These look DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to try these out, thanks for sharing, hopped over from #inspirationmonday 

  17. Mmmm. These look amazing!! We have grilled chicken all the time and it’s starting to get old. This would be a great way to “spice” it up!!

  18. Yum! I’d love it if you shared this on Worthwhile Wednesdays.

  19. What a delicious combination of flavors (and there’s Siracha involved so you really cannot go wrong haha). I am always looking for new chicken recipes- definitely pinning this to try- thanks for sharing!

    I stopped by from Whimsy Wednesday.

  20. This looks SO good. I can’t wait to try it! Pinned!

  21. Sounds DE-lish!!! I’m pinning this one to try and I would love for you to come share at the Creative Inspiration Link Party –>, Monday 8pm CST – Wednesday 8pm CST. Hope to see you there!!

  22. Oh my they look so yummy! Pinning it to Yummy Recipe Board. Thank you for sharing with this recipe!

  23. This looks so good. I’m gonna try this out. I love finding new things to do with chicken. Thanks for sharing! I found you on I Should Be Mopping The Floors

  24. These are just gorgeous!! Thanks for linking up at The Pretty Pintastic Party! 🙂

  25. Those look absolutely mouthwatering!

    My son commented the other day “we do eat a lot of chicken” – which is fine, because we like chicken, but it did make me think about trying a few new recipes. Obviously they need to be quick and easy – and this one is now on the list!

    I think I’ll give it a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing it!

  26. Wow, Shinee… these look absolutely gorgeous! And I love how simple they are too!

  27. Shinee, these look SO good. Oh my, I think I need a skewer right now…if only I could grab one out of my screen. I’m always looking for ways to mix it up when it comes to chicken, so I LOVE this idea…sweet and spicy is the best! Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂 XO

  28. We’re planning a graduation party for my son…this looks like the perfect thing to try! I like to try to plan everything but burgers (because burgers are my least favorite thing at a barbeque!). Pinning! 

  29. Shinee, this looks beyond delicious- I love chicken skewers and sweet and salty equates to perfection! Pinned! 

  30. Haha, well I LOVE sweet and spicy but I don’t like cilantro! I’m going to need to give these a try anyway though — I might even try them on the grill!