This honey sesame chicken skewers recipe is inspired by Fine Cooking magazine, one of the many food magazines I subscribed too. I was browsing through the summer recipes in the issue and a similar recipe caught my eyes. I decided to tweak the recipe quite a bit to make it easier, with less ingredients, but no less delicious than the ones on the magazine.
When I was in the Midwest as a poor student, one of my indulgences was the Chinese buffet during the weekends. At many Chinese buffets I had tried, there was always a chicken skewer dish where the five-spice and soy sauce marinated chicken was threaded onto a bamboo stick and deep-fried to golden brown. The humble looking chicken skewer was one of my favorites at Chinese buffet. Deeply flavorful, juicy, and eating food on-a-stick was so much fun, and delicious!
I tried to create this honey sesame chicken skewers recipe based on my taste memory, and it was pretty close. Instead of deep-frying, I chose to grill them over fire since it’s summer now. To jazz up the presentation, drizzle white sesame seeds on top of the chicken skewers, and add some sliced green onions. Enjoy!
Makes 10-12 skewers | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes
8 oz chicken thigh and leg meat (dark meat), cut into small pieces
Oil, for brushing
White sesame seeds
Scallion, sliced into small pieces
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
3 dashes white pepper
1/2 tablespoon honey
Rinse the chicken and cut into small pieces. Pat dry with paper towels. Soak the bamboo skewers for 30 minutes before using.
Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients in the Marinade for 30 minutes. Make sure the Marinade nicely coat the chicken meat.
Thread 3-4 pieces of chicken onto the bamboo skewers. Set aside.
Heat up the grill and grill the chicken skewers on both sides, until nicely cooked and slightly charred. Brush some oil on both surfaces while grilling.
Top the honey sesame chicken skewers with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve warm.
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