Apricot Chicken Skewers

Prep Time
20 minutes plus marinating time
Cook Time
20 minutes
4-6 servings

There is nothing like chicken skewers right off the grill, but come winter (when my grill is covered in snow!), these skewers are easily prepared all at once on a sheet pan under the broiler. Be sure to watch carefully to prevent burning!

Cook’s Tip – Do Ahead: Be sure to soak wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes prior to threading the chicken. in order to prevent burning upon contact with intense heat.

Difficulty: Easy Peasy


From The Giving Table Cookbook

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For Chicken Skewers:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into long 1-inch thick strips (or can also use chicken tenders)

For Apricot Dipping Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼-½ teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Marinate: Combine oil and spices in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken strips and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, soak skewers in water to cover and prepare dipping sauce.
  2. Dipping Sauce: Melt jam in a small saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients, whisking to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper to taste. (Do Ahead: Sauce may be made 4 days ahead).
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Preheat broiler to high setting.
  4. Broil: Weaving back and forth, carefully thread the chicken strips onto the skewers. Place threaded skewers onto the prepared baking sheet arranging in a single layer. Broil skewers for 8-10 minutes per side, turning once during broiling.
  5. To Serve: Transfer skewers to a large platter and serve hot with Apricot Dipping Sauce (sauce can be served room temperature).