Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers


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I’ve cracked the code on chicken skewers for this summer and you’re going to want to get on board! Say hello to these Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers!

Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers from (@whatsgabycookin)

Where to even begin?! Summer kicks off in a matter of weeks and we need to be PREPARED! That means we need recipes lined up – I’ve obviously got you covered! We need to clean off our grills or go get a new grill – perfect activity to do this weekend! We need to stock up on grilling accessories – easy peasy. And then we need to get to work!

Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers from (@whatsgabycookin)

If you’ve been following along on my insta, you can bet that come early June we will be moving IG-live outside to the grill… and I couldn’t be more excited! A lot of people have asked over the years what kind of grill we love… and the answer changes depending on where we are living but one thing always remains constant… it’s always a Weber. We’ve had many Webers over the years, from the original charcoal grill at our old place to the latest and greatest addition to the WGC family, the Summit E670.


It’s not only gorgeous, looks perfect in the backyard, but it’s so easy to use! Heck even my dad has a Weber… it’s what I’ve been raised on and it’s the best for those perfect grill marks and extra flavors from the flames.

Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers from (@whatsgabycookin)

Recently I fired mine up for these Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers and after testing them a number of times, one of my friends told me that it was the best BBQ recipe she’s ever had. And she’s a smart cookie, culinary school trained professional who knows whats up! So that’s a win in my book! These are a little sweet, a little spicy (just a tiny zip) and so succulent and moist…. omg. I’m into them! They are the perfect recipe to double or triple and serve to a crowd this summer! Don’t skimp on the scallions and lime juice as garnish, they give it even more flavor and balance out the subtle heat from the samba! HAVE AT IT – Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers!! And if you’re grill shopping this weekend and have questions… I’m just a quick DM away on Instagram!

Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers from (@whatsgabycookin) Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers from (@whatsgabycookin)

Grilled Korean Chicken Skewers

4.8 from 4 votes


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • Sliced scallions for garnish
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  • Turn the Weber grill to medium-high heat.
  • Whisk brown sugar, vinegar, sambal, soy sauce, Sriracha, ginger and garlic in a large bowl. Once combined, divide equally into two bowls. Add chicken to one of the bowls and toss to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Remove chicken and thread 4 or 5 pieces onto each skewer.
  • Transfer the other bowl of the marinade (without the chicken) to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced by half, roughly 7–10 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to the grill, turning and basting often with reduced marinade, until cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Remove skewers and transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve with lime wedges.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Tara

    This looks awesome! I will definitely be making it this summer!
    What sides would you recommend to go with these chicken skewers?

    • Gaby

      DEF the avocado butter lettuce salad on my site!! And maybe some grilled broccolini with lemon juice

    • Gaby

      it’s a chili garlic sauce! typically found at traditional grocery stores in the international aisle. It’s a clear container but looks red because of the sauce with a bright green lid!

  2. Lisa Hanson

    Bringing these to a party Friday! Perfect weather in Seattle to grill!

    • Gaby

      omg you’ll be the star of the show

  3. Cheryl

    Where can I find sambal celek? Is there a close substitute ?
    Thank you!

    • Gaby

      you could use more sriracha! I find it at Safeway or Ralphs usually

  4. Noella

    Do you have to soak the wooden skewers so they don’t burn?

    • Gaby

      tamari would work if you’re looking for a GF alternative

    • Gaby

      are you trying not to use any sugar? the sugar cuts some of the heat – would you be open to using white sugar, agave or a little honey

  5. Cindylou

    Could you use gochujang instead of sambal oelek and sriracha? I have access to an Asian market and have a tub of it in my fridge. Thanks.

    • Marlene

      I was wonderig the same thing about gochujang, which is usually in Korean recipes and is now carried, along with Sambal Oelek, in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets (at least in California!).

    • Gaby

      you could but gochujang is missing the chili peppers and some vinegar that come with Sambal

  6. Colleen

    Can’t wait to try these!! Seriously love every recipe of yours. Could you substitute coconut aminos in place of soy? Or would it not yield same results.

  7. Shannon

    These are delicious! The marinade has the perfect combination of flavors.

  8. Kendra Galante

    Sooooo good, take care to warn sensitive friends because they are amazingly spicy!

  9. Laura Ford

    Made these last night and they were the most delicious chicken skewers ever. Hands down, the best. The boyfriend loved them. The marinade was the most perfect combination of flavors. HEAVEN on a stick. Thanks, Gaby <3

  10. Tania

    What would you say the nutritional facts? Sorry we love this recipe and I’m trying to figure out the macros.

    • Gaby

      Hey Tania! I don’t track nutritional facts!! I know people have their personal preferences on online tracking tools, so I’d suggest whatever you’re comfortable with!

  11. Susannah

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight on our charcoal grill. I probably marinated boneless skinless chicken thighs for about 2 hours. The flavor was OUTstanding. The char brought out the sweetness of the brown sugar, but while the heat makes your lips tingle, it’s just the right amount! Keep basting the chicken so it doesnt dry out and you wont be disappointed! I paired the skewers with orange and yellow bell pepper chunks, served with a side of cilantro lime rice.

  12. Barbara

    So.. I don’t have a grill but can u make these in the oven? If yes, what temp? Thanks! Love ALL of your recipes!!

  13. Cecelia

    5 stars
    My husband is in love with this recipe! We served as a bowl with cauliflower rice, shredded cabbage and carrots, green onion, avocado and cilantro.

  14. Tabitha

    Made these tonight with your mango avocado slaw, and it was amazing! New favorite to put into rotation! The combination of the mint with the spicy chicken was on point!

  15. Beth Bilous

    I’m going to try this, but I am using boneless Chicken breast. Thighs just don’t do it for me.