Honey-Garlic Chicken Skewers

These lightly sweet and savory honey-garlic chicken skewers are a real crowd pleaser. The sweet marinade gets nice and sticky with a little char from the grill. Serve these as a quick weeknight dinner or double the recipe for a weekend barbecue.

honey garlic chicken skewers
Photo: Crystal Hughues
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup or hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

  • 1 scallion, sliced


  1. Whisk tamari (or soy sauce), honey, ketchup (or hoisin), sesame oil, ginger and garlic in a medium bowl. Transfer half of the mixture (about 1/4 cup) to a small saucepan. Add chicken to the remaining mixture in the bowl and toss to coat. Let the chicken marinate for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.

  2. Meanwhile, bring the marinade in the saucepan to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk water and cornstarch together in a small bowl; whisk into the sauce. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; cover and set aside.

  3. Preheat grill to medium-high (or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat). Oil the grill rack by holding an oil-dipped paper towel with tongs (or oil the pan). Thread the chicken onto 4 (10-inch) metal skewers. (Discard any remaining marinade.)

  4. Grill the chicken, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°F, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter and brush with the reserved sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.


4 (10-inch) metal skewers


People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
9g Fat
7g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Vitamin A 72IU 1%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Vitamin K 11mcg 9%
Sodium 402mg 17%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 240mg 5%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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