These Sriracha Teriyaki Chicken Skewers are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and surprisingly light and healthy without any refined sugar.
This tasty chicken skewer recipe combines the sweet flavors of teriyaki sauce with spicy Sriracha sauce for a sweet and spicy dish that is easy to make, packed with flavor, and always a huge hit. Serve it with some grilled brussels sprouts or grilled broccoli for an easy summer meal.
Sriracha Chicken Skewers pack in so much flavor for a light and healthy dish. These chicken skewers marinated in soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, lime, and plenty of Sriracha are just the thing to celebrate the start of grilling season. The chicken is tender, juicy, and full of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. As someone who is Sriracha obsessed, this is a meal I could eat every night.
In fact, I had the leftovers for lunch three days in a row because I liked them so much. Speaking of leftovers, this is a recipe you will want to double or triple. The leftovers make an amazing Asian inspired chicken salad with crunchy carrots. These skewers also taste great served over a bed of rice or greens. Or consider wrapping them up in butter lettuce with sprouts and cilantro for some healthy lettuce wraps.
How to make chicken skewers?
Chicken skewers can look difficult to make but they couldn't be easier. Start by trimming the chicken thighs to remove any fat or gristle. Then cut the thighs into chunks, approximately one inch each. This would also work with chicken breasts.
Now it's time to get the skewers ready. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes so they don't burn on the grill or in the oven.
Then simply thread the chicken onto the skewer, trying to place the skewer through the center of the chicken so that it cooks evenly. If you are adding veggies to the skewers, simply thread them on between the chicken pieces.
If you are marinating the chicken, do so before threading the chicken on the skewers. This ensures the chicken gets fully marinated and the flavor soaks in evenly.
How to make Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce?
This recipe uses an easy homemade blender spicy teriyaki Sauce. Simply add the ingredients below to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust to suit your preference. If you are worried about the spice level, add the Sriracha slowly until the taste is right for your palette.
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (GF if needed)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp Sriracha
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 lime (juice and zest)
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger, chopped
This recipe can be doubled or tripled and kept in the fridge for up a week. For a thicker teriyaki sauce, bring it to a boil in a small saucepan and simmer until it thickens to your liking.
Can these skewers be made less spicy?
Now if you are a bit of a wimp when it comes to spice, you can definitely adjust the heat to match your taste buds. Just taste the marinade and slowly add in the Sriracha to your desired heat level. You can always add more to the finished product if it turns out less spicy than you like. Also, I highly recommend taking the extra step to boil the extra marinade into a sauce. We were licking it off the plate at the end of the meal.
Side Dish Ideas
There are so many different options for side dishes for these grilled chicken skewers from salads to grilled vegetables to rice and more. Here are some favorites:
- To cut the spiciness of the dish, I love serving it with this cool Pineapple Coconut Colelsaw. A simple coleslaw would also work with sliced red or green cabbage and shredded carrots.
- If you are cooking these on the grill, reach for some Grilled Peppers or some Grilled Romaine to make a yummy salad.
- Serve with on a bed of brown or white rice with some steamed edamame or vegetables.
- One of our favorite warm weather sides dishes for any dish is corn on the cob and a big plate of fresh fruit like watermelon or pineapple. Speaking of watermelon, a watermelon salad would also be delicious.
Can these skewers be made in the oven?
If you don't own a grill or prefer cooking indoors, these skewers can be made in the oven as well. Start by lining a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Place the skewers on the wire rack. then bake in the oven at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes until the chicken thighs are cooked through and juice run clear.
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