Grilled Sesame Chicken Kabobs | summer of the kabobs

The theme for this grilling season in the McCollum house is: Summer of the kabobs!
And this is for a few simple reasons: Healthy. Easy. Quick. Variety. Yummy & fun to eat for all ages!
Our favorite Chinese food is sesame chicken, so here is a grilled & healthier version.
XO San

Grilled Sesame Chicken Kabobs | healthier version of our favorite Chinese Take-Out recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Grilled Sesame Chicken Kabobs | healthier version of our favorite Chinese Take-Out recipe

Grilled Sesame Chicken Kabobs a fun & healthier version of our favorite Chinese chicken recipe. Easy, delicious and the chicken turns our juicy. A must for the grill this year.


  • 2lbs. chicken tenders
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled & crushed
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 4 medium green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh cilantro, garnish.
  • ½ lime, juiced (other ½ quartered and reserved for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds



Combine the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, honey, ginger, onions, lime juice, sesame oil and sesame seeds to make a marinade. Pour marinade into Ziplock bag, add chicken tenders and mix around so that all pieces of the chicken are covered in the marinade. Set in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours, I like to make this in the morning before the kids get up and then let is marinade all day…ah-mazing!

If you are using metal skewers skip this part, if you are using wood skewers follow the directions below.

Now I know there is a debate whether or not to soak your skewers and to each their own. But I soak mine, I have found that I get less wood pieces in the chicken and they don’t go up in flames. They still may char a tad, but not following apart or on fire.

I completely soak my skewers for 30 minutes, sometimes all day. Make sure the entire stick is completely dredge in water. Once they have soaked, remove and start to assemble the skewers.


Remove the chicken from the fridge, one piece at a time grab a tender and lace through the skewer. I start at the chunkier end and do a weave motion. Or you can just slide the entire tender on the kabob and not make it all fancy like a wave. Either way, they will taste the same. Set kabob on a plate and repeat the process. Once completed drizzle extra marinade over the chicken, and let it sit while grill is heating up.

Heat gas or charcoal grill, remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill and cook 3 minutes, then turn over the kabob and cook another 3 minutes. At this point check the chicken. To know if the chicken is done the juices should be clear and the center of thickest part is cut (170°F). If not done, continue to cook, at this point I leave the lid open and just turn the kabobs so they are cooked evenly on both sides. My chicken takes about 8-10 minutes.

Remove from grill and serve immediately. Or cover with foil and serve later.


Total time does not include the time to marinade.


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  1. Those look perfectly grilled–for real, so good! These will be perfect for any BBQ!


  2. Love the Asian flavors, and the fact that they are grilled! I would absolutely have one or two or more :-)Thanks so much for linking up tonight at Wine’d Down Wednesday! :-)

  3. these kabobs look super yummy :) will have to try them out this weekend!

  4. I am determined to get out of our “grilling rut” this summer and try many new and different recipes. This looks like a perfectly yummy one to start with!

  5. Love this on so many levels. Seriously can’t wait to try it…once we have a working grill.

  6. My mouth is literally watering right now! I can’t wait to try making these. My husband loves anything with ginger in it, I bet he’ll flip for these!

    Stopping in from Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. Thanks for the recipe- definitely pinning this one for later!

  7. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesday!

  8. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  9. These kabobs look so delicious. I love to use rice wine vinegar for marinades. I am picking it as my feature for The Wednesday Roundup this week. I hope you’ll drop by on Wednesday again and share your new creations. :-)

  10. As always friend, these kabobs look fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Roundup! Angela, LeMoine Family Kitchen,

  11. These look delicious! I’ve saved the recipe and plan to make it for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I tested it yesterday. It was delicious. Thanks for recipe


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