A sweet marinade and a hot grill are the key to this delicious Grilled Honey Chicken Kebab recipe. Add in some colorful peppers and this is a fun BBQ dish!
I love, love, love kebabs!! Or kobobs or kabobs, whichever way that you grew up spelling it. Basically, kebabs are grilled meat on a skewer! You can always grill vegetables and even some fruit, but it is traditionally just meat. The Turkish were the ones that originated the kebabs but you can find them just about anywhere now. This is a deliciously sweet recipe.
I love how there is just a cute little meat all on a stick. All individualized and ready for you! Seriously, think about it. Don’t you love grabbing a kebab at a cookout?
I think this is the best meal for picky kids to eat vegetables. Have you ever watched them go bonkers over kebabs? They love them but it’s a big huge adult secret that they are half vegetables. Hey, if they didn’t notice, I’m not going to say anything!
Just as a side note, this is the recipe that Spencer says if we don’t feel like making Huli Huli Chicken, he is more than happy to have this as a substitute. Gee, what a guy!
Traditionally, we use bamboo skewers. They are easy to use and throw away after we grill and eat the food. They are also incredibly inexpensive. The only drawback is that you need to soak them for 20-30 minutes before putting them on the grill or you will have a little fire on your hands over the coals. Don’t ask me how I know that!
Next up are the metal ones. They come in the short and long versions. I prefer the short for easier fitting on our Big Green Egg and I don’t have to worry about preparing them ahead of time.
Watch the metal skewers when you buy them though. You want it to come in a two sided flat design. I have purchased the triangular and the circular one, but that leaves the meat twirling when you flip them over. Speaking from experience, it’s just not fun to have to wrestle with that over a hot flame.
🍗 Preparing the Marinade
The meat and the vegetables will need to be marinated for two hours, so plan accordingly for this recipe! You can use chicken breasts or thighs. Both work equally well. I recommend using a mix of red, orange and green peppers for this recipe. It adds a lot of visual interest to the dish.
Combine the oil, honey, soy sauce, pepper and garlic into a plastic Ziploc bag. Mix it up well. Combine the onions, peppers and chicken (cubed into about one inch pieces) and add it to the marinade. Mix it all together and place it in the fridge for two hours before putting them on the skewers.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
Step One: It’s time to heat up the grill. Bring it up to 450 degrees using the direct heat method. Once it reaches 450, bring it down to about 375 by adjusting the top and bottom vents. This just takes a couple of minutes. If you are using a gas grill, just dial in the temperature.
Step Two: Add the honey chicken kebabs to the grill. It should only take about four or five minutes before they are ready to be turned over. I like to see that the bottom side has a little bit of a char to it. I think it is a great flavor with the sweet marinade.
Step Three: Turn the kebabs and grill the other side for another four or five minutes.
When they are done, let them rest for a few minutes and then serve! Delish!
Other Chicken Recipes
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Thighs – Not only are these delicious, but you will learn how to make your own lemon pepper seasoning (hint: It’s super easy – and a lot cheaper than store bought).
Grilled Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings – Get your Vampire-stopping, garlic loving chicken wing mood in full gear. These are super-savory and will keep your friends coming back for more!
Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
- 2-4 cloves Garlic
- 8 Chicken Thighs boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into one inch cubes
- 2 Onions cut into two inch chunks
- 2 Bell Peppers cut into two inch chunks
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Prepare the Honey Marinade
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix. Reserve about 1/4 c for brushing on kabobs later.
Prepare the Kebabs
- Place chicken, onions and peppers in a zip lock bag. Drizzle marinade and seal. Place in fridge for two hours to marinate.
- Drain the marinade and place chicken, onions and peppers on skewers, alternating vegetables and chicken.
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees.
- Oil grill grate and place skewers on the grill.
- Cook each side 5-7 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Brush on reserved marinade the last 3-4 minutes on each side.