Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs — Damn Delicious

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Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Juicy, tender, super saucy BBQ chicken kabobs that everyone will love at your next barbecue! It’s the easiest BBQ sauce marinade that keeps the chicken so sweet and tangy, packed with tons of flavor!

Who is ready for summer?

I certainly am not. Wasn’t Thanksgiving-pumpkin-spice-lattes-scalloped-potatoes like 2 weeks ago?

Ready or not, summer is coming, which means it will be kabob central here.

And first up, we have my favorite honey BBQ chicken skewers.

Now what I really love about this recipe is how it doctors up store-bought BBQ sauce.

Which mean it doesn’t require too many ingredients, and the doctored up sauce is THE ABSOLUTE BEST.

It’s perfectly sweet, tangy and savory! And you can reserve some of the sauce for the grill/serving.

No one will ever say no to extra BBQ sauce.

Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Juicy, tender, super saucy BBQ chicken kabobs that everyone will love at your next barbecue! It’s the easiest BBQ sauce marinade that keeps the chicken so sweet and tangy, packed with tons of flavor!


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Texas style BBQ sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Stir in BBQ sauce, honey, mustard, soy sauce, pepper and ginger. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors have blended, about 3-5 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.
  3. In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine chicken and half of BBQ sauce mixture. Marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, up to 8 hours, turning the bag occasionally. Place remaining BBQ sauce mixture in the refrigerator.
  4. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  5. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Add skewers to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10-12 minutes. Brush skewers with remaining BBQ sauce mixture, cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with remaining BBQ sauce mixture.

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These kabobs look amazing! I need them in my life!

Any way to make this in the oven or in a crockpot? (I don’t have a grill, but it looks delicious)

Yes, these can certainly be made in the oven!

This recipe Honey BBQ Kabobs looks scrumptious! Except for one ingredient. Please research canola oil. It is GMO’d from the rape seed which is basically a weed. Not made from food so not good for human consumption regardless of the marketing hype. It is widely touted as low in fat and healthy, but it is not. The reason it is so popular is because it’s a cheap oil to make.

Thank you for your input. You can of course substitute for any oil that suits your needs better!

People who have actually done their research not only know that canola (aka rapeseed) oil comes from a plant which is a member of the genus brassica, along with cabbages, mustard, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and turnips. People who have actually done their research also know that dismissing something as inedible because it’s a weed is silly because there is a long history of using weeds as both food and medicine.

Thank you! I’ll just add that people who use an acronym like “GMO’d” prove beyond any doubt they don’t do that research: how can something be “genetically modified organismed’?? LOL! I sometimes wonder if critical thinking is even taught in schools anymore, let alone anything even resembling science.

Any specific brand of bbq sauce youd suggest? I’m in Canada so we dont always see Texas style on the label.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce, Original would be great for this!

Jen, we can buy Kraft/Heinz “Texas Style” BBQ sauce here in BC — although I have no idea how authentic it is. Also, you can sometimes find Texas Style in specialty label BBQ sauces in higher end grocery stores. Again, I can’t vouch for how real they are in terms of “Texas” flavour. I’ve been to Texas a few times & have even eaten Texas BBQ but couldn’t tell you what the difference is between it & any other (no doubt I’ll get into all sorts of trouble for saying that!).

This looks good! What is Texas -style BBQ sauce? I usually use Sweet Baby Rays. Would Bull’s Eye be better for this? What sauce do you recommend ?

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce, Original would be great for this!

Grilling season is just the best. Thanks for sharing yet another sauce to keep it interesting!

I made these for supper tonight and will definitely put them in the regular supper rotation. I didn’t read the recipe closely enough to reserve half of the sauce for serving with the grilled kabobs. I’ll be sure to do that next time. Thanks for the recipe!

Yes, the sauce is delicious on there! Happy to hear you’ll be making this again.

Just an amazing recipe. BBQ sauce is looking so yumm I will try it on this weekend. Everyone will love it.

I made these for a memorial day bbq and it was really delicious. there was a lot of bbq sauce left over though, so just for planning purposes. I only marinated for 4 hours and the chicken was really tender with a lot of flavor. I used the Stubbs BBQ Original sauce recommended. The flavor was a bit vinagry/acidic but that is typical of a southern style bbq sauce and it was really tasty.

I made these for a memorial day bbq and they were really tender and flavorful. The Stubbs BBQ sauce was a bit vinagry/acidy but that is typical of a southern style sauce and we didnt mind. I only marinated 4 hours and had a lot of left over sauce. It was a super easy and tasty recipe.

Glad to hear it Wendy! Thank you.

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