Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers

Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers
Staff Writer

Alice Currah

Thai Marinated Chicken Skewers

My kids cannot resist these tender, juicy Asian-inspired chicken skewers. The combination of ginger, cardamom, and curry, sweetened by brown sugar, is sweet, savory, and bold! Serve them with a side of peanut-coconut sauce and your taste buds will thank you. 

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Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 3  Pounds  skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4  Cup  cup soy sauce
  • 3  Tablespoons  firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2  Tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2  Tablespoons  oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  curry powder
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  Teaspoon  finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground cardamom

Peanut-Coconut Sauce

  • One  13.50-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1/4  Cup  creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4  Cup  firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  red curry paste

Directions

For the chicken

Soak 24 wooden skewers in ice-cold water for 15 minutes to prevent them from burning; then set aside.

Place the chicken in a medium bowl. To make the marinade, whisk all the next 8 ingredients together in a separate bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage the meat with your hands for 1 minute to coat the cubes well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.

Spray a grill rack with nonstick cooking spray and set the heat to high or use a grill pan. Thread 6-8 chicken cubes onto each skewer. When the grill is ready, cook the chicken for 8-10 minutes, turning the skewers over halfway through. Remove the skewers from the grill and allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Serve the Peanut-Coconut Sauce alongside.

Peanut-Coconut Sauce

Combine the coconut milk, peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, and red curry paste in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
181mg
60%
Carbohydrate, by difference
9g
7%
Protein
54g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
83µg
12%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
2mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
85mg
9%
Choline, total
193mg
45%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
78mg
24%
Niacin
21mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
3mg
60%
Phosphorus, P
515mg
74%
Selenium, Se
73µg
100%
Sodium, Na
904mg
60%
Water
126g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Thai Shopping Tip

To find the ingredients you need to cook Southeast Asian cuisine, try to find specialty grocery stores in the Asian neighborhoods in your town.

Thai Cooking Tip

Southeast Asian Cuisine is about the balance of flavors between sweet and sour; hot and mild. When working with Asian chiles, the smaller ones are usually spicier. Handle with caution and care.