BBQ chicken kebabs. Summer is coming to a close and fall is just around the corner, which I cannot be more excited about. Growing up in Florida, we didn’t actually have a fall season so being able to feel the crisp air and change in leave colors, along with some football, make it by far my favorite time of year.
But before fall gets here I have to share with you the only BBQ chicken kebab recipe you should ever make. The secret here is in the bacon paste. Yes you read that right – bacon paste! By putting the bacon in the food processor, you form this amazing paste of goodness that you rub throughout the chicken. The bacon doesn’t actually add much of a bacon flavor, but just a smoky flavor that is enhanced by the spices and whatever BBQ sauce you use.
And maybe the best part of this, is you don’t have to wait 2+ hours for a marinade to give the chicken flavor. It’s ready to go as soon as you are, and has way more flavor than a chicken marinade anyway. So before grilling season is over, I suggest you give these kebabs a try. As I said, once you try these BBQ chicken kebabs, you won’t be going back to another recipe. Enjoy!
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BBQ Chicken Kebabs
- 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 4 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" slices
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1" slices
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1" slices
- 1 red onion, cut into 1" slices
- 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
- Soak 8 bamboo sticks in water for 10 minutes. (This prevents then from catching on fire) Preheat grill to 400F. Brush grill grates with olive oil so skewers won't stick.
- In food processor, pulse bacon for about 30 seconds or until a smooth paste forms. In mixing bowl, toss cut chicken breasts with salt, paprika, chili powder, smoked paprika, sugar and bacon paste. Mix until well combined and bacon is coated throughout chicken.
- Skewer chicken, peppers and onion onto skewers until all chicken has been used. (You can be pretty random with how you put everything together)
- Grill skewers for 5 minutes, brushing each with some of the barbecue sauce. Rotate to the opposite side and brush barbecue sauce, while cooking for an additional 4-5 minutes. At this point the chicken should be done, with you also getting a char on the peppers and onions. (If you are concerned about doneness, put instant read thermometer into chicken. It should read 165 degrees) Remove from the grill and serve immediately.