Spicy BBQ Chicken Skewers

Delicious BBQ Chicken skewers made with chicken thigh meat slathered in an easy, homemade BBQ sauce and cooked on the grill.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, bbq sauce, chicken, grill, kabobs, kebabs, skewers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 453 kcal


BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less according to your own tolerance of spice)

Chicken Skewers:

  • 4 lbs chicken thigh meat boneless and skinless
  • 6 skewers
US Customary - Metric


  1. If using wood skewers, make sure to soak them in water before using. 

  2. Combine all ingredients for BBQ sauce in a bowl and whisk well. 

  3. Cut excess fat off chicken thigh meat and cut chicken thighs into 3 or 4 equal pieces.

  4. Place chicken in a gallon zip-lock bag and add BBQ sauce to it. Close the bag and gently shake it to make sure all the chicken pieces are evenly coated in BBQ sauce. Let chicken marinade while preparing coals.

  5. Prepare coals and preheat the grill. Make sure the rack is clean. 

  6. Skewer chicken pieces onto the skewers, dividing chicken equally among the 6 skewers. You will be able to get 6-7 pieces of chicken per skewer. 

  7. Save remaining marinade and place it into a small metal cooking dish. Cook it along side of the chicken. (You can also cook the BBQ sauce on the stove-top if you wish.) Just make sure to bring it to simmer and cook for a couple of minutes. You may not see it simmer on the grill so use a thermometer to bring it to a temperature of 165 degrees. 

  8. Turn chicken skewers a quarter of the way around every 4-5 minutes while cooking. (Depending on the size of your chicken pieces, it may take a little more or a little less time to cook though.)

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy BBQ Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 287mg96%
Sodium 662mg29%
Potassium 904mg26%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 59g118%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.