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Thai Chicken Skewers

These succulent thai style marinated chicken skewers are full of Asian inspired flavour that you won’t be able to resist! Perfect for the BBQ, entertaining or to be enjoyed as a simple family meal with a side – they are very versatile! These chicken skewers are Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly.

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I love Asian inspired food…….

A few of my recipes have been inspired after various trips overseas such as my Vietnamese Chicken Pho, Gado Gado Indonesian Salad,  and Vietnamese Prawn Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing.

It is such a common sight when wandering around busy streets in South East Asia to come across a vendor selling chicken skewers that are cooked over hot charcoal letting off a fragrant smokiness that reminds your senses that there is no doubt you could be anywhere but South East Asia.

These marinated chicken skewers remind me of those times and bring back many fond food memories.

These chicken skewers are are a recipe that my husband has been making for some time now. The marinade is quite simply a few of our favourite ingredients thrown together and it seems to work  – making the chicken full flavoured, tender and juicy!

Birds eye view of chicken skewers with side salad and coriander

BBQ season is nearly over for us now in New Zealand. Well……..actually it is officially over …..but luckily it has still been warm enough to cook outside.

Our BBQ is well used and we always cook outside well into autumn. We are definitely warm weather lovers in our household and try to hold on to summer as long as we can! We have a standard gas BBQ and a charcoal BBQ, we usually cook these skewers on the grill plate on the gas BBQ as it is much quicker.

For many of you on the other side of the world you are just coming into warmer weather so I think you will love these chicken skewers as they are great for summer entertaining.

Close up of marinated chicken skewers

Additional Recipe Notes for making Thai Chicken Skewers

How long do I need to leave the chicken to marinade?

Leave the chicken to marinade anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. The longer you leave it the more flavour they will have.

Can I cook these chicken skewers if I don’t own a BBQ or it is not BBQ season here?

If you don’t have a BBQ or it is not feasible to cook outside at the moment then you can easily cook these chicken skewers on a large grill pan at home on the stove.

What should I serve with these chicken skewers?

These chicken skewers go well with a simple side salad, rice, coconut rice or if following a Paleo, Whole30 or Keto diet then cauliflower rice is another good option.

How do I stop the skewers burning?

If you are using wooden skewers then you will need to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes prior to burning, alternatively you can use metal skewers.

You have mentioned soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos – what should I use?

If you are following a Paleo or Whole30 diet or you can’t tolerate soy than coconut aminos will be your preferred choice. If you are simply gluten free then tamari is a good choice. If none of the above applies to you and you can tolerate soy then standard soy sauce can be used. When it comes to consuming any ingredients based from soy then buying organic soy is always preferable.

For other tasty chicken recipes you might like to try:

Chicken Mango Salad

Spanish Chicken Stew

Chicken, Avocado & Asparagus Salad with Lemon Cashew Dressing

One Dish Mediterranean Chicken

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Have a lovely week!

Hope x

Thai Chicken Skewers

Thai Chicken Skewers

Yield: 6 skewers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Delicious marinated thai chicken skewers


Chicken Marinade

  • 3 Tbspn lime juice
  • 3 Tbspn fish sauce
  • 3 Tbspn olive oil
  • 1 Tbspn soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos* see additional recipe notes
  • 1 tspn garlic, crushed
  • 1 tspn chili flakes
  • 2 Tbspn fresh Thai basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbspn fresh Vietnamese mint, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbspn fresh coriander/cilantro leaves and stalks finely chopped.


  • 600gm/1.3lb chicken thighs, boneless and skinless


  1. Cut the chicken into 3 cm/1 inch squares for skewering. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the marinade. Place the chicken pieces in a glass dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken and stir to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes to overnight. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while the chicken is marinating.
  2. Grease the grill on your BBQ or a large grill pan on your stove. Cook the chicken for 20 - 25 minutes, turning regularly until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Serve piping hot and serve with a side salad, rice or cauliflower rice.


The above serving size is based on having 2 skewers each person. Marinating time may vary - it is not included in the prep time - please see additional recipe notes in blog post.

Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 191 Total Fat 11g Saturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 94mg Sodium 859mg Carbohydrates 2g Protein 20g
This nutritional information is an estimate only and is provided as a courtesy to readers. It was auto-generated based on serving size, number of servings, and typical information for the ingredients listed in the recipe card. Please feel free to use your preferred nutrition calculator. Please consult your doctor about any specific dietary requirements.

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  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    April 10, 2019 at 2:57 am These sound like the perfect dish for summer grilling. I love all the fresh flavors!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 10, 2019 at 7:09 am Thanks Raia!
  • Reply
    Cheryl Malik
    April 10, 2019 at 4:08 am Definitely one of my favorite summer recipes! I will be making these again, for sure.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 10, 2019 at 7:09 am Thanks Cheryl, I'm glad you enjoyed them :)
  • Reply
    Joni Gomes
    April 10, 2019 at 6:48 am Why does chicken taste so much better when it's on a stick?? Loving these flavors and so happy that my whole foods finally sells Thai basil, so I will be making this very soon!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 10, 2019 at 7:10 am Haha, I'm not sure but it really does doesn't it? Perfect, thanks Joni, I hope you enjoy them!
  • Reply
    April 10, 2019 at 12:08 pm Such an amazing grill recipe! I love Thai flavors and I can't wait to try this!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 14, 2019 at 11:58 am Thanks so much Jean!
  • Reply
    April 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm I love Thai flavors. This skewer recipe is a winner!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 14, 2019 at 11:58 am Thanks Kelly, I love thai flavours too!
  • Reply
    April 11, 2019 at 3:26 am That marinade looks so good! I love combining basil and mint in Thai-inspired recipes. Can't wait to try these!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 14, 2019 at 11:59 am Thanks! Yes the fresh herbs really give them an extra flavour punch!
  • Reply
    April 11, 2019 at 4:44 am This marinade is delicious! I love the sweet, savory, and spicy flavors mingling together.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 14, 2019 at 11:59 am Thanks so much Annemarie!
  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    April 12, 2019 at 2:00 am I love all of these flavors! Such a great dinner change up - thanks!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm Thanks Renee, I'm glad you like them!
  • Reply
    April 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm I can taste all the yummy flavor from here. So good!
  • Reply
    Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    April 16, 2019 at 3:04 am Chicken on skewers is a fave at my house all year long (we have a BBQ on covered porch!) except during a blizzard! Love this marinade which smacks of great Asian flavours. Can you please share the brand of fish sauce that you use-- in case I can purchase here in Canada. I avoid using fish sauce as have not found one that is 'real food' Pinning this recipe to make asap!!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      April 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm Hi Carol, oh great - having a covered BBQ area is very handy! I used the Red Boat 40N fish sauce. I hope you enjoy the skewers! :)

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