Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers

Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken SkewersBrushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!

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Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!Can we talk for a bit about those foods that  you develop a taste for over time?  I’m talking about those foods that you couldn’t stand when you were younger.  You kept trying them, and you kept hating them.  But then one day you realized, “Hey, these salt-and-vinegar potato chips kinda taste good.”  At first, one chip was enough.  And then it was two or three.  And then you realize the entire bag is gone.  Oops.

So salt-and-vinegar chips are definitely one of those foods for me.  I suspect my initial disgust with these was related to the fact that my mom used to use vinegar to clean the hardwood floors in our house when I was a kid.  Whenever she cleaned the floors, you could count on not having any sinus problems for the rest of the day.  Man, I still remember that smell of vinegar!

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!My wife loves salt-and-vinegar potato chips, but I always thought they tasted like a cleaning product.  Hmmm…I wonder why.  But one day I ate a chip, and I thought, “hmmm…these are strange.  I don’t dislike them.  But they are strange.”  Over the course of several months, I would nibble at salt-and-vinegar chips whenever we had a bag around.  And then one day it hit me.  I actually craved them!  It was like I was eating chips right off the freshly cleaned floor…and I liked it.  Go figure.

Blue cheese and olives both fall into this same category.  My wife loves both of them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to bite into a big hunk of blue cheese.  And I felt like I should like olives out of principal.  Italian food is by far the pinnacle of deliciousness, and Italians love olives.  And dipping bread into olive oil is one of my favorite snacks of all time.  So why didn’t I love olives?  Little by little, I kept trying olives.  I started with the milder ones and slowly progressed up.  I haven’t made my way to the strongest olives yet, but I did actually eat a blue cheese-stuffed olive the other day.  And I liked it.

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!Another food that falls in this category?  Barbecue sauce.  Yup, that’s right.  I was that weird guy who didn’t like BBQ sauce.  It was something about the sweetness of it.  I’ve always had issues with the sweet + savory combination.  I love sweets…but they are for dessert.  BBQ sauce was just too sweet for me.  But then I made pulled pork sandwiches, and I mixed a little BBQ sauce into the pork when I reheated it.  I liked it.  Then I added a little more.  I liked that, too.  And now I can pretty much slather the stuff on.

Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Skewers

That love for BBQ sauce is what inspired these Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Skewers.  Our garden has been in full force for several weeks now, and we’ve been picking zucchini and cucumbers like it’s our job.  Those zucchini grow so fast, too!  I swear one day I see a little tiny one forming…and then two days later, the thing is bigger than your left arm.

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!I grabbed a zucchini and threaded it onto skewers along with some yellow summer squash, red bell pepper, onion and chicken.  These skewers would have probably been delicious just by themselves, but the real shining star was the Spicy Honey BBQ Glaze.  I whisked this glaze together while the grill was preheating and then I brushed it over the entire skewers while they grilled.  These bad boys were delicious!  But my wife totally called me out during dinner.  “Did you realize you are eating something that is both sweet and spicy?”  Uhh, yeah, I totally realized that.  I mean sure.  Add sweet + spicy to the list of flavors above!

Excuse me while I go eat a hunk of blue cheese.  Do you have any favorite flavors/foods that you used to hate?

Did you make these Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Skewers at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  Happy Grilling!

Looking for more tasty skewers and kabobs?  Check out these other favorites:

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Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!

Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Skewers

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!
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Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 401kcal


For the Glaze

For the Skewers


For the Skewers

  • Slice the chicken breasts or tenders into 1” cubes; set aside.
  • In a small glass baking dish, whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Place chicken in dish and toss lightly until well coated.
  • Cover dish and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, soak 8 8”wooden skewers in water. (Note: This is a great time to make the Glaze.)
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Thread chicken, zucchini, squash, onion and pepper onto the skewers.
  • Place skewers on grill and brush tops generously with Glaze. Close grill and cook for 5-6 minutes. (Note: The sugars in the glaze may cause the grill to smoke and possibly flare up. Just keep a close eye on the grill. If it flares up, use a spray bottle filled with water to put out the flame.)
  • Flip skewers and brush tops with remaining Glaze. Cook for 5-6 more minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked.

For the Glaze

  • Mix ½ cup of the water with the corn starch until well combined. Set aside.
  • Using a small sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients (remaining ½ cup of water, brown sugar, honey, barbecue sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes) over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Let mixture boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Set Glaze aside.

Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!

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  1. They (I am not sure who “they” are) say that your taste buds change very 7 years, so it’s always good to try things again that you thought you didn’t like. Dave HATED olives for so long, and now he is obsessed with them. The same goes for allergies too – he was allergic to peanuts for 30 years, and now he is not. So weird.

    Loving these skewers too. Honey on chicken is kind of the perfect combo!

    1. I’ve heard that same thing about taste buds changing every 7 years. Crazy! I’m with Dave no this one…olives used to be a no-go, and now I actually reach for them. The allergy thing is strange for sure, though. But good for him since peanuts are awesome! 🙂

    1. Wait, you use vinegar to clean your floors, too? I thought my mom was the only one! …and you still eat the chips? You’re crazy, Kathy! 🙂 (Just kidding, of course…haha!)

  2. I am so glad you got on the spicy+sweet train! A chap at Trader Joes recently talked me into trying an “Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar” – at first, I was skeptical – but after that first bite, I wished I hadn’t handed over the bar to Lil Shashi (being an only child she has sharing issues)!
    BTW – loving all the brown sugar/hone/chili flake action in that marinade/glaze!

    1. Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar, eh? That doesn’t sound like something I would pick up…but it sure sounds like Lil Shashi enjoyed it! Haha! This marinade/glaze is quite dee-licious, Shashi! Maybe try dipping that bacon bar into it? 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Medha! I love simple summer grillings ideas like these skewers…but the glaze really takes this one to the next level! 🙂

  3. Hi David! I love to put the whole meal on skewers! We are overrun with squash right now. I didn’t like a lot of things as a kid because my mother hated to cook and she horrible at it! That inspired me to start cooking, because I was hungry!

    1. Squash is definitely one of those veggies that gets a bad rap (kinda like Brussels). But we are actually huge fans of squash on the grill. In fact, pretty much every garden veggie works on the grill. We’ve tried ’em all…oftentimes because we are just simply overrun and don’t have another way to use them. Haha!

    1. Yeah, I feel like don’t use honey near enough. I enjoy it when I use it, but I never think to pull it out enough. I clearly need to work on that problem! 🙂

    1. Coconut is definitely another one of those foods that falls into this category, Alice! I actually have never had an issue with coconut, but I hear a lot of other folks mention it. For me, the sweet + savory together is still a work in progress. 🙂

  4. Although I no longer eat chicken, but these skewers look amazingly moist and tender and those veggies Yummers! Let’s see I used to abhor veggies and now I working my way back to being a vegan-go figure.

    1. You could totally just make these a pure veggie skewer, Tonya. The marinade/glaze is the secret weapon! And it is so strange how our taste buds change over time…long live the veggie, right? 🙂

  5. Dude! Salt and Vinegar chips were the 1 flavour our family would fight over in the mixed bags! I also hated olives until I read a book and the protagonist loved them…Yeah, that was odd. Now as for BBQ sauce…Had you NOT liked it in today’s day and age, I would have relegated you to KK level. That condiment is golden (brown).

    1. That’s so funny! The salt and vinegar chips would sit around forever in our house…that is until Laura came along. Now I kinda enjoy those things. So strange, but still kinda tasty. Wait, you started liking olives because you read a book and the good guy liked olives? Haha…at least you’ve got a good rationale, right? 🙂 That’s true…I don’t want to end up in KK-ville. That’s reserved for boxed cake mixes and frozen blueberries. Haha!

  6. Yup, I guess everyone has a thing with particular foods. From given examples, I used to have an issue with blue cheese too. But as you know, at least I’m bold to combine sweet and savory things:) But I definitely don’t have an issue with this delicious and succulent skewers! But if you need me prove it, just send me a few of them, ASAP, and I won’t let you down! 🙂

    1. Yup, blue cheese is definitely on the list for me, too, Ben! I used to hate the stuff. (“Why would anyone knowingly eat moldy cheese?”) But now I love blue cheese! It’s totally one of my favorite dressings. Legit good. I’ll drop a couple skewers to you in the mail today. I hope they make it up there safe and sound!

  7. These look outstanding and I for one love the sweet and spicy combo, but I also love herbs with desserts. Basil is a goat cheese fruit tart is surreal. BUT back to these, great photos, most inviting friend. Also try bleu cheese dressing with balsamic vinegar for a salad, so damn good. #WolfPackGrilling

    1. Herbs with dessert? Are you off your rocker, Kevin? haha…just kidding, of course! I have played around with some herbs in desserts before, and they are strangely addicting. Wait. Blue cheese dressing with balsamic? Now you’re talking! Those are both some pretty stout flavors, but I think I would like the combo. You’re a flavor master, my friend!

  8. I used to find tomatoes and onions disgusting. I like tomatoes now and onions in some things, but I have to tell you – I do not like peppers of any kind. Especially spicy ones. I started my garden late this year, so I have a bunch of zucchini, yellow squash, and pumpkin blossoms, but no produce from these plants yet. I’m going to be up to my eyeballs in them soon! I will totally have to use up some of them to make these delicious spicy honey bbq chicken skewers. I’ll give all the red pepper flakes to Chris! 🙂

    1. I can understand spicy peppers, Rachelle. I mean, you have to like spicy foods. But regular bell peppers, too? Hopefully you will have a ton of zukes and squash soon! I have yet to have luck growing pumpkins, though. They get all happy and big, but the little pumpkins never seem to actually grow. But zucchini and squash on skewers is one of our favorite summer meals!

    1. In the summer, veggies get skewered around here like crazy. No veggie is safe! Of course, in the winter, those veggies end up in soup. Basically, you just don’t want to be a seasonal veggie in our house. 🙂

    1. Yes! These skewers are indeed an awesome way to use up summer produce…especially when the garden zucchinis are going crazy! 🙂 Thanks, Thalia!!

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