chicken skewers + peanut dipping sauce

illustrate grilled chicken skewers with peanut sauce

The sun may be setting a little earlier this month, but there is still plenty of time to plan a picnic dinner to enjoy at the beach or maybe perched on a bluff with a view. I make chicken skewers + peanut dipping sauce a day in advance and then I only need to slice some fruit or assemble a pea salad to complete the meal. The peanut sauce is so flavorful you might want to make extra to dress-up asian noodles or slather inside some vietnamese spring rolls.

chicken skewers + peanut dipping sauce

Serves: Makes 12 skewers
Cooking Time: 8 minutes


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6-inch chicken skewers
  • Peanut dipping sauce:
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
  • 2-4 tablespoons warm water



In a large bowl combine the cubed chicken, olive oil, thyme and salt. Marinate overnight.


Soak skewers in water for 20 minutes. Thread 4-5 cubes of chicken on each skewer.


Heat the barbecue grill on medium for 10 minutes. Cook skewers until firm, about 4 minutes per side.


Prepare the dipping sauce by combining all ingredients except the water. Whisk until smooth.


Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

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    Patti Olswang
    November 16, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I have made the chicken skewers and marinated them overnight. The meat is then super moist and tasty!!!

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