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Teriyaki Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Teriyaki chicken skewers are grilled or baked in the oven, and served with an easy peanut dipping sauce. This recipe is soaked in a delicious marinade for an easy make-ahead appetizer or entrée for a dinner party menu.

chicken skewers appetizers on black plate, overhead

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

When hosting a party, I like to provide a hearty protein dish like bourbon meatballs or mini sandwich appetizers. These teriyaki chicken skewers are another favorite option because they’re delicious and easy to make ahead.

Why you’ll love this party recipe

This chicken recipe is versatile enough to be served as appetizers OR an entrée for entertaining.

  • You can make it as chicken fingers without the skewers.
  • Turn it into kabobs by cutting chicken into cubes and alternating with peppers and onions.
  • It’s lighter than fried varieties, but full of flavor and easy to eat.
  • You can cut these into small party bites and use toothpicks to eat them with.
  • Serve skewers over rice for a dinner party main dish recipe.
  • Great for a weeknight dinner for the family too!

When to serve these

This chicken recipe works well for almost any occasion. Here are some parties you can serve it at.

PARTY TIP: Soak wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes before threading them through the chicken. This prevents them from burning on the grill.

chicken skewers with dipping sauce

How to make it

This easy recipe uses 8 simple ingredients including light soy sauce, honey, fresh lime juice, garlic, and ginger, to create a flavorful sweet and salty teriyaki marinade.

You’ll need about 15 to 20 skewers to thread the chicken onto.

  1. Cut – Cut the chicken tenders into thin strips about 1/2-inch wide.
  2. Marinate – Place chicken in a large zip lock bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour to coat chicken and massage to distribute evenly.
  3. Chill – For best results, refrigerate overnight. At minimum chill 2-3 hours.
  4. Cook – To make skewers, poke metal or bamboo skewer through each chicken tender. Grill or bake chicken until cooked through and juices run clear.
  5. Serve – Serve with peanut sauce for dipping.

Peanut dipping sauce

You don’t want to skip this sauce for dipping. It adds the perfect finishing touch to the chicken.

Simply combine the jelly, peanut butter, soy sauce and water in a blender until smooth. Pour into a small bowl, and cover and chill until ready to serve.

PRO TIP: You can also add the ingredients to a small sauce pan and heat over low. Whisk together to combine well.

dipping a chicken skewer in peanut sauce

FAQ’s

Can I cook them in the oven?

Yes, you can. Depending on which type of skewer you’re using, you may need to soak them ahead of time, to prevent burning.

What can I use instead of skewers?

Skip the skewers and make chicken fingers or chicken bites. Serve with a side of toothpicks instead.

What flavors compliment teriyaki?

Teriyaki itself has complexity of flavor. It’s got traditional sweet and salty Asian flavors. Whatever you serve it with should highlight that, or be a mild flavor so it doesn’t overpower it. Grilled or roasted veggies, plain rice, salad with a sesame and ginger dressing, etc.

chicken appetizers on black plate

What to serve with teriyaki chicken skewers

Serve these on a party buffet with a cheese board, some chips, baked artichoke dip, and veggie cups.

If you want to turn these into a main dish for a dinner party, serve them over rice or couscous, or alongside Asian-style noodles.

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Teriyaki Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Yield: 15 - 20 chicken skewers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Teriyaki chicken strips are a great make-ahead party food that you can serve for appetizers or as a main dish. The peanut dipping sauce is easy and gives the chicken that finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds raw chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic {or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder}
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch black pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons apricot jam or jelly
  • 4 teaspoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon light soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into thin strips, about 1/2-inch wide, and place in a large zip lock bag.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients well, using a small whisk. Pour over chicken and seal bag securely. Message chicken inside the bag to distribute marinade and coat the meat entirely.
  3. Refrigerate over night for best results, or at least 2-3 hours.
  4. Heat grill or grill pan to 350 degrees. Cook chicken until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side, or until internal juices run clear. Time will depend on how thick the chicken pieces are.
  5. To make the peanut sauce, combine all four ingredients in a blender or small food processor until smooth.
  6. Pour into a small bowl and serve with chicken skewers for dipping.

Notes

You can also bake these in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

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2 Comments

  1. This looks really good Kris , thank-you for sharing your helpful ideas.
    warm wishes,
    Penny

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