Sticky Chicken on a Stick

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4.73 from 123 votes
My Sticky Chicken on a Stick is a finger licking good chicken kabob that will be the hit of the barbeque. You will be king or queen of the grill due to it's tangy Asian flavors and succulent chicken.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
6 hours
Total: 6 hours 40 minutes
Grilled Sticky Chicken on a white plate with paisley napkin

This Sticky Chicken on a stick is a finger licking good chicken kabob that will be the hit of the barbecue. You will be king or queen of the grill due to it’s tangy Asian flavors and succulent chicken.

Grilled sticky chicken on a stick on a plate

This marinade will really change your boring chicken routine. Truly, grilling really brings out the flavor in chicken, but this marinade really takes it over the top.

In fact, Kabob actually means fried meat but the origins of our favorite grilled meat comes from Turkey, find out here.

Why Sticky Chicken on a Stick Works

These easy sticky chicken on a stick will have easily become a family favorite! This sauce has sweet, Asian-inspired flavors and when you grill it, the chicken gets all sticky and caramelized.

Indeed, when you grill this chicken, the aromas will blow you away!  Again, you can smell every ounce of flavor that is coating the chicken.  It makes you instantly become hungry. 

How to Make Grilled Chicken Kabobs – Step by Step 

Step by step instructions for making chicken on a stick.
  • Make Marinade: Sauté diced onions, next, grate fresh ginger and add it to the onions, then, add minced garlic.
  • Continue with Marinade: Second add ketchup and brown sugar, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar.

Step by step instructions for making grilled chicken kabobs.
  • Season: Next, add sesame oil and crushed red pepper then add the mixture to the sautéed onions, garlic and ginger.
  • Prepare Chicken: Cut grilled chicken into chunks and skewer them.

Step by step instructions for making chicken skewers.
  • Flavor: Reserve some grilled chicken marinade to baste as well as for dipping and pour the over chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 24 hours. 
  • Grill: Finally, cook chicken on grill until cooked through.
Step by step instructions for making chinese chicken on a stick.

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How Long to Grill Chicken Kabobs

Below are a few handy tips to follow when you make these Kabobs. For Example:

  • Keep the chicken cubes uniform, they will allow even cooking.
  • Be sure that all the sides of every kabob touch the grill to ensure that you get all sides cooked through and it will give you that perfect exterior
  • Get you grill to a temperature of 375 degrees. Use a thermometer to get a reliable read.
  • Also chicken is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165. Meat thermometers are great to test the doneness.
  • Allow the meat to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Close up of grilled chicken skewers.

Can You Make This Grilled Chicken Kabob Marinade Ahead of Time

Some times, I make the grilled chicken kabob marinade days in advance and store most of  it in a zip top bag.  Keep the rest in these containers.  Certainly, it keeps keeps very well in the fridge.

Put the grilled chicken kabobs in the fridge until ready to cook.


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Grilled chicken kabobs on a white plate.

Expert Tips for Making the Best Chinese Chicken on a Stick

  • Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately. After all, we all love barbeque.
  • Wrap in Foil: To keep your grill from getting completely sticky. wrap the kabobs in foil
  • Bake: No Grill, No Problem. You can bake these Kabobs in the oven.
  • Skewers: Furthermore, it is really important to soak the wooden skewers for about a half an hour before using to prevent them burning.

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Grilled Sticky Chicken on a white plate with paisley napkin

Sticky Chicken on a Stick

4.7 from 123 votes
My Sticky Chicken on a Stick is a finger licking good chicken kabob that will be the hit of the barbeque. You will be king or queen of the grill due to it's tangy Asian flavors and succulent chicken.
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 40 minutes

Equipment

  • Skewers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup onion minced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Bamboo or metal skewers

Instructions

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.
  • Heat vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Add onions and saute until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes; Remove from heat and cool sauce completely. (This step can be completed 1-2 days ahead of time.)
  • Place chicken in a resealable bag and pour half of the sauce over chicken; reserve remaining sauce for basting.
  • Close bag and knead to ensure all chicken is coated in sauce. Refrigerate for 6 hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and throw marinade away.
  • Thread chicken onto the skewers.
  • Spray grill lightly with cooking spray and preheat grill on medium high.
  • Place chicken on grill and grill until well browned on one side, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Turn chicken and baste with sauce.
  • Grill another 5 to 7 minutes. Turn and baste again.
  • Continue grilling until well caramelized and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove chicken and serve with reserved sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately. After all, we all love barbeque.
  • Wrap in Foil: To keep your grill from getting completely sticky. wrap the kabobs in foil
  • Bake: No Grill, No Problem. You can bake these Kabobs in the oven.
  • Skewers: Furthermore, it is really important to soak the wooden skewers for about a half an hour before using to prevent them burning.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1535mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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36 thoughts on “Sticky Chicken on a Stick”

  1. 5 stars
    One more comment. Try cutting the chicken in thin long strips rather than chunks, then scrunch it as you skewer it — it will hold more sauce, ending up more uniformly caramelized and it will have more crusty surface and less soft white chicken (my kids are not huge fans of the soft inside of the chicken breast). It’s also easier to cook through without burning the outside…

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  2. 5 stars
    Delicious base for a number of ideas. Can be taken to the spicy realm or the tropical one (sweet and tangy). Made it tonight with chicken and it was delicious. Planning to try it on pork ribs — it should be delicious. I was looking for ideas to make chicken skewers like those found at county fairs (yeah, ours have the Asian twist 🙂 ) since our anual May1st one will not be happening this year for the second year in a row. We do what we have to do…

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  3. 4 stars
    Yummy recipe! I served it with pot stickers and peas. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that grill clean up ( despite spraying before cooking) was a nightmare. The sauce stuck to the grates like glue! It took soaking overnight, and LOTS of scrubbing to get the grates clean.

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  4. 5 stars
    Best ever! I didn’t realize it had to marinade for so long. I only marinated for 20 minutes. It was still very flavorful to me. Can’t wait to show this one off to friends.

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  5. Can it be marinaded for more than 24 hours? My parents came over unexpectedly and took us out for supper. Do I need to grill them tonight or can I wait until tomorrow?

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    • I wouldn’t marinate longer than the recipe states. If you want to get a jump start, make the marinade ahead of time and marinate when you’re ready to cook.

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  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Made it recently but didn’t print so I was going crazy trying to find it online again!
    Everyone do yourself a favor and print it out because this will be a regular recipe. So good!

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  7. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! Everyone in the family loves it.. my daughter loves the sauce so much, she’ll take it and put it over some soft noodles (like egg noodles or soba) and eat whatever table sauce we have left. Thank you for a great grilled chicken meal that everyone in my family looks forward to ☺️

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