Grilled Honey Sesame Chicken Kebabs

I was looking for something that is sweet, savory and easy to make and the grill today. And fortunately I found a recipe on that fit the bill. The original recipe calls for dark meat chicken, but I substituted the protein with lean chicken breast. Just make sure you marinate the chicken for more than an hour to make sure that the chicken does not dry out while grilling. Given the amount of sodium that can be found in commercially made soy sauce and oyster sauce, I opted to use a reduced sodium soy sauce as well.

These few substitutions will make a healthy meal for those  who are watching their sodium intake.

Adapted from

Makes 10-12 skewers 
8 ounces chicken thigh and leg meat (dark meat), cut into small pieces*
Bamboo skewers
Oil, for brushing
White sesame seeds, for garnish
Black sesame seeds, for garnish
2-3 scallions, sliced on the diagonal, for garnish

1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
3 dashes white pepper
1/2 Tablespoon honey

Rinse the chicken and cut into small pieces. Pat dry with paper towels. Soak the bamboo skewers for 30 minutes before using.

Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients in the Marinade for 30 minutes. Make sure the Marinade nicely coat the chicken meat.

Thread 3 to 4 pieces of chicken onto the bamboo skewers. Set aside.

Heat up the grill and grill the chicken skewers on both sides, until nicely cooked and slightly charred. Brush some oil on both surfaces while grilling.

Top the honey sesame chicken skewers with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve warm.

*Cook’s Note:
The dark meat can be substituted with lean chicken breast, cut into chunks, if desired.

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