Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers Recipe

Put your meat on a stick for a twist on the Chinese-American takeout classic.
June 26, 2019, 11:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes


for the chicken:
1/2 cup|140 grams ketchup
1/2 cup|125 ml soy sauce
¼ cup|60 ml rice vinegar
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 pounds|950 grams boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces

to garnish:
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 scallion, thinly sliced


1. Marinate the chicken: Whisk the ketchup, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick, 4 minutes. Set aside to cool, then add half of the sauce to a bowl with the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Light a grill. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill, turning as needed, until charred and cooked through, 15 minutes. Transfer the skewers to a platter and brush with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions.