This chicken skewers recipe is as classic as it gets. While the big cuts of meat usually take center stage at a cookout, one of the most recognizable BBQ dishes are these colorful skewers.
In this recipe, we’re going back to basic with chicken thighs, bell peppers, and onions. To make this a more fulfilling meal, we pair the skewers with a silky-smooth chickpea puree.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Yes, chicken skewers are healthy.
This dish has only 468 calories and 3.6 g of saturated fat in each serving. These amounts are reasonable for a main dish.
We use canned chickpeas and various seasonings in this recipe, which takes the amount of sodium per serving to 606 mg. Don’t worry as it is still within the limits of our nutrition guidelines.
Chicken thighs provide you with 37.2 g of lean protein per serving. Also, red and yellow bell peppers and onions give you essential nutrients like minerals and antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
We chose chicken thighs because they are juicier and more flavorful than chicken breasts. Cooked thighs are tender and succulent, which gives you a distinctly different texture from the crunchiness of bell peppers and onions.
We season the chicken with an array of spices: soy sauce, ketchup, honey, sesame oil, dried oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper. This seasoning blend gives the chicken all sorts of different flavors.
Our choices for vegetables are some of the most common options for skewers: red, yellow bell peppers, and onions. These vegetables give this dish more color, making it an appealing dish both flavor- and aesthetic-wise.
We make creamy chickpea puree to serve alongside the chicken skewers. This easy puree has only three ingredients: milk, lime juice, and chickpeas.
What Cut of Chicken Is Best for Skewers?
Both chicken thighs and breasts are fitting for this recipe. When cooked right, they will be tender and juicy, though thighs have a slighter edge over breasts in this aspect. Choose skinless and boneless cuts to reduce prep time.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Chicken skewers can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days and in the freezer for 2 months. Make sure that you store the leftover skewers in airtight containers. Reheat the skewers in the oven at 400 °F for around 10 minutes or until warm.
What to Serve With
We handpicked these fresh and vibrant salads to accompany these smoky chicken skewers.
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The crunchy romaine lettuce, tender ground chicken, tomatoes, onions, spices, and herbs in this ground chicken tacos elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. It’s forever our favorite.
20 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs (cut into chunks)
8 oz red bell peppers (cut into squares)
8 oz yellow bell peppers (cut into squares)
8 oz onions (cut into squares)
18 oz canned chickpeas
1 tbsp Heinz ketchup
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp unsalted roasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp parsley (finely chopped)
Cut the chicken: Cut the pieces of chicken into 1.5-inch square chunks.
Cut the bell peppers: Slice off the top part of the peppers, then slice through the flesh and open them. Remove the white part and the seeds. Cut the peppers into wide strips, then cut the strips into squares a bit smaller than the chicken.
Cut the onions: Slice the onion in half and peel the skin. Place the onion halves cut side down, then cut them into wedges. Separate the onion layers and cut them into squares roughly the size of the peppers.
Chop the parsley: Bunch the parsley into a small mound and chop finely.
Season the chicken: Add 1 tbsp Heinz ketchup, 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp chili powder. Mix the seasoning blend with 20 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs and set aside.
Make the skewers: Prepare some wooden skewers. Build the skewers with the seasoned chicken, 8 oz onions, 8 oz red bell peppers, and 8 oz yellow bell peppers. Alternate between the pieces of ingredients so that no two pieces of the same ingredient are next to each other.
Season the chickpeas: Add 1/2 cup of milk and 1 tbsp lime juice to 18 oz canned chickpeas.
Puree the chickpeas: Microwave the chickpeas with milk and lime juice for 7 minutes. Remove from the microwave when done and make the puree.
Grill the chicken skewers: Place a pan over low heat and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Sear the chicken skewers on all sides for 15 minutes in total. Remove the skewers from the heat when the chicken turns golden.
Garnish and serve: Sprinkle with 2 tbsp parsley and 1 tbsp unsalted roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 466Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3.6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.3g
Vitamin A 2190.2IU
Vitamin C 184.3mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Chicken skewers were delicious and so easy to make!