Grilled BBQ Chicken Skewers

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BBQ chicken skewers are a fantastic addition to any tailgate party. The tantalizing aroma of marinated chicken sizzling on the grill, the smoky flavors that infuse every bite, and the slight char that adds a delicious touch of authenticity—these skewers are a true crowd-pleaser. The best part? They’re not only incredibly tasty but also incredibly easy to prepare, ensuring that you won’t miss a single moment of cheering on your favorite team.

The secret to these mouthwatering skewers lies in the marinade. It works its magic, infusing the chicken with flavors that will make your taste buds dance. Whether you’re a fan of tangy barbecue sauce, spicy rubs, or a medley of herbs and spices, the marinade creates a symphony of deliciousness that will have everyone asking for your recipe.

But the real magic happens on the grill. As the skewers hit the hot grates, the sizzle and smoke combine to create a culinary experience that transports you to tailgate heaven. The flames kiss the chicken, imparting that irresistible smoky flavor and just the right amount of char. Each bite is tender, juicy, and packed with the essence of outdoor cooking.

Another wonderful thing about these BBQ chicken skewers is their handheld nature. Tailgating is all about easy, portable, and satisfying food, and these skewers tick all the boxes. They allow you to indulge in savory bites while keeping your focus on the game and the camaraderie surrounding you. No need for utensils or plates—just grab a skewer, take a bite, and let the flavors explode in your mouth.

Whether you’re hosting a pre-game gathering, joining a tailgate party, or simply enjoying the game from the comfort of your backyard, these grilled BBQ chicken skewers will elevate your tailgating experience to new heights.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Skewers

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (- cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (- minced)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Wooden skewers (- soaked in water for 30 mins)

Marinate The Chicken

  1. In a bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.

  2. Place the chicken cubes in a large zip-top bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it's evenly coated.

  3. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours for maximum flavor.

Cook The Skewers

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using charcoal, wait until the coals are covered with white ash before cooking.

  2. While the grill is heating, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Thread the chicken cubes onto the soaked wooden skewers, leaving a small space between each piece for even cooking.

  3. Place the chicken skewers on the preheated grill, positioning them perpendicular to the grates to prevent sticking.

  4. Cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through with no pink in the center and has developed a nicely charred exterior.

  5. While grilling, baste the skewers with additional barbecue sauce during the last few minutes of cooking to enhance the flavor and create a glossy glaze.

  6. Remove the cooked skewers from the grill and let them rest for a couple of minutes.

  7. Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and garnish with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro, if desired.

  8. Serve the BBQ chicken skewers hot, along with extra barbecue sauce for dipping. They pair well with a side of coleslaw, grilled corn, or your favorite tailgate snacks.

Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before consuming.


Appetizer, Main Course
American, BBQ
BBQ, Grill
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