Asian Chicken Skewers

by Anne Bennett on July 16, 2013


OMG! Julia! This chicken is SO spicy! Let’s gobble it all up and then jump into the pool!

This recipe for Sriracha-glazed chicken skewers appears on the cover of the July issue of Bon Appetit Magazine, which in my mind means it must be a real winner. I delayed making it though, because the ingredients, while available at most supermarkets, might seem exotic to many cooks.

Then I heard from my daughter and son-in-law that they had made it and it was “the best chicken dish” they had ever tasted. That was enough for me. I went straight to our local Price-Chopper and found the necessary condiments in the Asian section:


Now comes the perfunctory warning: this is indeed an amazing dish, but to say that it is spicy is an understatement. Last night I served it with a cucumber salad to cool the palate, but next time I will add a cilantro/Greek yogurt/lime juice sauce. (Plain Greek yogurt mixed with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. ) That’s what Lizzie and Brendan did, and I think that’s why they raved so profusely. Their tongues weren’t singed.

I really know how to sell a recipe, don’t I? Kidding aside, folks, if you like spicy food, you definitely won’t be disappointed.  After all, it was on the cover of Bon Appetit!


Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit!

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/3 cup hot chili paste or sauce
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup Sriracha
2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2″– 2″ pieces

Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, chili sauce, fish sauce, Sriracha and ginger in a large bowl. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Thread chicken onto skewers. Transfer marinade to a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer until reduced by half (about 1 cup).  Grill chicken, turning and basting with reduced marinade, until cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve with cucumber salad and a sauce made with Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime juice.

Serves 4

WW PP per 6 oz. serving: 9

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathleen July 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The slaw is perfect with it, it’s all fabulous. Must haves for Summer.

Kathleen July 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Slaw/cucumber salad is what I meant!

Hannah July 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

These were delicious! Made the chicken, cucumber salad, and dipping sauce. But can you be more specific on exactly how many points plus each serving was?

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