Easy Dinner: Sweet and Savory Chinese BBQ Chicken Skewers

August 6, 2014

We're always looking for new ways to cook up chicken and this easy recipe has inspired us to fire up the grill tonight! The whole family will love these scrumptious skewers that take just minutes to prepare (plus a few more to allow chicken to marinate). A simple combination of soy sauce, hoisin sauce (a thick, sweet sauce found next to soy sauce on the supermarket shelf), powdered ginger (or go fresh for even more flavor!), and garlic is all you need to create a delicious sweet and savory marinade that's perfect for chicken or any meat. Try it on pork, beef, or even tofu for a vegetarian option. 

Chicken breasts can quickly dry out on the grill, so we use thighs as they remain tender and juicy. Stumped for a side dish? Grill up vegetable skewers, like zucchini and red onion, to go alongside your chicken. Serve your skewers with fluffy white rice jazzed up with freshly chopped green onion (green and white parts) and toasted sesame seeds. It's an easy dinner that takes little effort and time, but is big in flavor. Just what we like after a long day!

Chinese BBQ Chicken Skewers
Makes about 12 skewers

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger or a 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
Bamboo or metal skewers (soak the bamboo in water for at least 15 minutes first)

Cut chicken into bite-size chunks.

In a large bowl or gallon size zip-lock bag, combine marinade ingredients and stir. Reserve about 2 tablespoons in a separate bowl for basting.

Add chicken to the marinade bowl or bag and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes (or overnight for the best flavor!).

Place chicken on skewers (discard marinade) and grill over medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes (or until cooked through), turning so that all sides are evenly cooked. Baste each side with the reserved marinade as you grill.

Note: Don't have a grill? No problem! Simply cook the chicken skewers (or just the marinated chicken) in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the juices run clear.

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