Spicy-Honey Glazed Chicken Kebabs

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that tantalizes your taste buds with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. Our Spicy-Honey Glazed Chicken and Sweet Potato Kebabs are a mouthwatering masterpiece that brings together succulent chicken, tender sweet potatoes, and a glaze that’s both fiery and sweet. Here’s how to create this sensational dish.



  • 1½ lbs. deboned , de skinned chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch chunks.
  • 1 large sweet potato. Peel and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1½-inch pieces (layers separated).
  • Olive oil
  • Seven 12-inch bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 mins prior to use).

Spice Mix & Glaze

  • 6 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper



Firstly, fill a small saucepan with the potato pieces and add enough water to cover the tops. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, with the lid partially covering the top. Stop when potatoes are nearly cooked, but still firm. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Next, prepare the spice mix and glaze while the potatoes cool. Start by mixing together the garlic salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, salt, paprika and crushed red pepper. Combine your honey and cider vinegar in a separate bowl and set to the side.

Then, place your chicken into a medium bowl and drizzle lightly with olive oil and coat with half of your spice rub. Follow the same procedure for the cooled sweet potato chunks and sweet onion pieces. Drizzle with more olive oil and toss with the remaining spice rub.

Next, preheat your grill to medium/high. Stick the chicken, sweet potato, and onion on the presoaked skewers and grill for 8 minutes. Turn them frequently, until the chicken juices run clear,

Lastly, brush your skewers with the prepared honey glaze. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.


Choosing the Right Skewer

Grilling kebabs is a popular and delicious way to enjoy a variety of meats, vegetables, and even fruits. One key decision in perfecting your kebab grilling experience is selecting the right skewers. Wood and metal skewers are two common choices, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will explore the differences between wood and metal skewers to help you make an informed decision for your next grilling adventure.

a pile of wooden skewers ready to be soaked in water

Wooden Skewers:

  1. Natural Flavor Infusion: Wooden skewers are known for imparting a subtle, natural flavor to the food being grilled. This can add a unique touch to your kebabs, especially if you are using aromatic wood like cedar or bamboo. The wood can infuse a mild smokiness to the ingredients, enhancing the overall taste.
  2. Cost-Effective: Wooden skewers are generally more affordable than their metal counterparts. This makes them an attractive option, especially for those who grill occasionally and don’t want to invest in more expensive grilling accessories.
  3. Easy to Handle: Wooden skewers are lightweight and easy to handle, making them ideal for parties and gatherings where guests may want to assemble their own kebabs. They are also disposable, reducing the cleanup effort after grilling.
  4. Limited Reusability: While wooden skewers are cost-effective, they are typically designed for single-use. Reusing them can be challenging, as they may splinter or break after multiple uses, compromising both safety and the integrity of your kebabs.


grilled chicken on metal skewers laid a across a grill

Metal Skewers:

  1. Durability: Metal skewers, whether made of stainless steel or another metal alloy, are durable and built to last. They can withstand high temperatures without warping or bending, providing a long-term grilling solution.
  2. Reusable and Eco-Friendly: Metal skewers are reusable, making them an environmentally friendly option compared to their disposable wooden counterparts. This can be a more sustainable choice for those who grill frequently.
  3. Even Cooking: Metal skewers conduct heat more efficiently than wood, ensuring that your kebabs cook evenly. This can be particularly beneficial when grilling meats, like spicy honey chicken, with varying cooking times, as it helps achieve a consistent level of doneness across all ingredients.
  4. Heavier and Less User-Friendly: While metal skewers are durable, their weight can make them less user-friendly, especially for those assembling their kebabs. Additionally, the metal handles can become hot during grilling, requiring the use of heat-resistant gloves or tools for handling.


Wood vs. Metal Skewers for Grilling

Ultimately, the choice between wood and metal skewers for grilling kebabs depends on your personal preferences, grilling habits, and the specific culinary experience you desire. Wooden skewers are great for infusing a natural flavor and are cost-effective for occasional use, while metal skewers offer durability, reusability, and even cooking. Consider your priorities and enjoy the grilling experience with the skewers that best suit your needs.

These Spicy-Honey Glazed Chicken and Sweet Potato Kebabs are a symphony of flavors and textures. The succulent, honey-glazed chicken pairs perfectly with the tender, sweet sweet potatoes, creating a delightful contrast. The spicy kick from Sriracha adds an exciting twist that will keep your taste buds dancing. Whether enjoyed as a weeknight dinner or a special occasion treat, these kebabs are sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate. Get ready for a sweet and spicy culinary journey!

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