Thai Marinated Chicken Skewers

Thai Marinated Chicken Skewers

Thai Marinated Chicken Skewers

Skewered Chicken (and other meats), cooked over a barbecue or hot coals is common street food in many forms in various countries in Asia. These tasty little snacks provide an inexpensive way to get a protein filled bite while on the run.

Recipes for marinated chicken skewers vary depending on the country and culinary tradition that influences them. The following recipe takes its influence from Thailand where there is liberal use of coconut milk, curry paste, coriander and cumin in the cooking of many dishes there.

This recipe for marinated chicken skewers is easy to prepare and makes for a great appetizer for a dinner party, fun outdoor cookout food or figner food to be passed around at a party.

These marinated chicken skewers are best served with a Thai inspired peanut dipping sauce.


  • Wooden skewers
  • 1 t coriander seeds
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 T light soy sauce
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 T peanut oil
  • 1 T turmeric
  • 1/4 C coconut milk
  • 1 t prepared Thai red curry paste
  • 2 T sugar


Soak wooden skewers in water so that they will not burn once placed on the barbecue. Allow them to soak until chicken is ready to be skewered.

Heat a dry skillet over high heat and place coriander and cumin seeds into it. Reduce heat to medium and dry roast the seeds until they become fragrant, and change color becoming slightly golden. Keep shaking the pan to avoid burning or scorching. Place the seeds into a mortar or a spice grinder and grind to a past. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a loose marinade.

Pour the marinade into a shallow glass casserole dish and place the chicken into it. Allow the meat to sit for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat your grill to medium high. Thread the chicken on the wet skewers weaving back and forth. Brush skewers lightly with oil and grill for 5-7 minutes take care not to overcook the chicken as the thinly sliced meat will cook quickly.

Serve with Thai peanut dipping sauce

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