Honey Chicken Kabobs are perfect for summer grilling! Sweet & tangy grilled chicken marinade recipe yields tender, juicy & flavorful chicken. Don’t forget the veggie kabobs!
If you’re looking for an easy dish that requires little effort and keeps you from heating up the house this summer, then look no further than these tasty chicken kabobs. With a delicious chicken kabob marinade and fresh vegetables, they’re sure to be a hit!
What are honey chicken kabobs?
They can be described as tender chicken flavored with a delicious marinade while cooked on a stick over an open flame. With a marinade made of honey, soy sauce, lime juice, oil and seasonings you have a sweet, salty, and tangy glaze that pairs great with chicken and really helps to give a burst of flavor.
-Vegetable oil: Using this fat in the marinade will help the chicken to maintain it’s moisture and to transfer the other flavors so that everything can blend together seamlessly.
-Honey: Adding sweetness and caramelization to the cooked chicken in a natural way.
-Soy sauce: Soy sauce helps to add a salty flavor and depth while also helping to break down some of the chicken to tenderize it.
-Black pepper: A little black pepper can add a little bold flavor and subtle heat.
-Garlic & Onion powder: Savory dishes are just better with garlic and onion flavors! Dried seasonings are better distributed in the marinade while not being as overpowering as fresh minced would be.
-Chicken: We’re going to need boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been cut into bite sized pieces for skewers.
-Fresh vegetables: Zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper and red onion would all work amazingly well for veggie kabobs!
Here’s what you need to do:
Prepare the Chicken and Marinade
Defrost your chicken breasts if needed, and then pound them thin and slice into 1.5” chunks.
Transfer the cut chicken pieces to a large Ziploc bag.
In a bowl, whisk the marinade ingredients together and then pour all but ¼ cup into the bag with the chicken.
Close the bag, and then massage it gently so that the chicken is well coated with the marinade. Let the chicken marinate for 3-5 hours in the fridge.
Set aside the reserved marinade for the vegetables. Cut your zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper and/or red onion and place them in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.
Assemble the honey chicken kabobs by threading the chicken onto the skewers and trying to not pack them tightly. This helps the chicken to cook evenly.
Arrange the vegetable kabobs as well.
Grill the Chicken & Veggie Kabobs
Cook the kabobs on a hot grill for about 5-7 minutes per side, until the chicken registers 160F degrees. Grill until juice from chicken runs clear. When it reaches 165º F, it’s done. To know when your chicken reaches the right temperature, your best tool is going to be a meat thermometer. My all-time favorite meat thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great meat thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!
Brush both the chicken and the vegetable kabobs with the reserved marinade after you’ve finished turning them once.
Let the chicken kabobs sit for about 5 minutes after removing them from the grill and then serve alongside the grilled vegetables.
Honey Chicken Kabobs
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1.5-2" pieces
- Defrost chicken if needed. Cut into 1.5" chunks. Transfer meat to a ziplock bag.
- Whisk marinade ingredients together and pour all but about 1/4 cup in the bag with the chicken pieces.
- Close the bag and massage it gently so that the chicken is well coated with marinade. Let the chicken marinate for about 3-5 hours in the fridge.
- Set aside the reserved marinade for the vegetables. Cut zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper and/or red onion. Refrigerate until ready to assemble kabobs.
- Assemble kabobs by threading chicken onto skewers NOT tightly packed so that chicken can cook evenly and thoroughly. Arrange chicken kabobs and vegetable kabobs separately.
- Cook on a hot grill about 5-7 minutes each side, until chicken registers 160°F on a cooking thermometer. Brush both chicken and vegetable kabobs with reserved marinade after turning once.
- Let chicken kabobs sit about 5 minutes after removing from the grill, then serve alongside grilled vegetables.
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How long to grill chicken kabobs
Grill until juice from chicken runs clear. When it reaches 165º F, it’s done. To know when your chicken reaches the right temperature, your best tool is going to be a meat thermometer. My all-time favorite meat thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great meat thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!
What to serve with chicken kabobs
Chicken kabobs go great with pretty much anything. You can pair them with veggie skewers, roasted or fresh vegetables, rice, dipping sauces or any BBQ side dish food. It really just depends on how much effort you want to put into the sides because there’s nothing wrong with keeping this meal simple and easy.
If you plan on using the wooden skewers, then yes- ALWAYS soak them. The wooden skewers will burn or splinter if you don’t, and neither option is desirable. Soak your wooden skewers in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes, but preferably overnight before grilling. Metal skewers don’t need this added preparation step.
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These honey chicken kabobs are a delicious summer dish that tastes incredible. Served up with the veggies kabobs and you’ve got yourself a winner that everyone can enjoy! Honey Chicken Kabobs are perfect for summer grilling! Sweet & tangy grilled chicken marinade recipe yields tender, juicy & flavorful chicken. Don’t forget the veggie kabobs!