Juicy, tender, flavorful chicken thigh kebabs made on a grill with a sweet and spicy orange sauce. These orange chicken kebabs are grilled with and then slathered in a delicious orange sauce.
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Do you have a favorite thing to make on a grill?
Everyone can probably guess that my husbands go-to grilling dish is a nice, big, juicy steak. For me, kebabs have always been my favorite camping/grilling recipes. It comes from my childhood when every time my family and friends decided to go camping or grilling, we always prepared chicken kebabs. In Russia, kebabs are just about the most popular thing to cook over campfire, and chicken was always my meat of choice.
Chicken thighs are always the best part of the chicken (not counting crispy skin, of course.) I am the first one to “call dibs” on drumsticks at the holiday dinners and when possible, I choose dark chicken meat for my recipes.
These chicken kebabs are no exception to any other delicious meats I’ve grilled, I’d even say that they are extra tasty. They are cooked in a delicious orange sauce and then, cooked chicken meat is slathered with the sticky orange sauce some more.
Sticky orange sauce is made a little spicy here and as always, you can adjust the spice level to your own preference. I love the combination of sweet and spicy flavors with a savory chicken. It provides a nice flavor balance for your taste buds.
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken thigh meat
- Orange Sauce:
- Zest from 1 large naval orange
- Juice from 3 large naval oranges
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- ½ tsp chili powder (more if you want spicier)
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar (or wine vinegar)
- 5 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
- Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Take out about ¾ cup of the mixed sauce and set aside for later.
- Chicken thighs in the package usually look like the are rolled, lay out the rolled piece of thigh meat on the cutting board and cut it in three equal pieces. (It's easier to cut and skewer the thigh meat when they are rolled.) You can cut off some of the fat first if you wish.
- Add all cut thigh meat to the prepared sauce in the bowl. Mix well and let it marinade while you prepare the coals (15-20 minutes).
- Roll up each long thigh meat strip and skewer it onto skewers. (If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water for 30 minutes first.) You should be able to fit 5-6 pieces of meat per skewer.
- Cook chicken kebabs on the grill, flipping them half way through, until the meat is done.
- For the coating sauce: use the sauce that you've set aside. Mix it well and bring to simmer either on the grill or on the stove. If using the grill to heat the sauce, make sure to use a small, thin, metal pot. Cook the sauce, stirring often until it is thickened. Take off heat once thickened.
- Generously brush cooked chicken kebabs with cooked orange sauce.
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