Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers

Serves: 4
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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinade time:1 hr

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp ketchup I use Primal Kitchens
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For the Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers:

  • 6 [10-inch] wood skewers, pre-soaked
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, excess fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal (green parts only) for serving
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds for serving

Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • In a bowl, combine the coconut aminos, ketchup, rice vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, broth and tapioca startch. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, add the avocado oil. Once hot, add garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, being careful not to burn.
  • Add the coconut aminos mixture to the sauce pan and stir to combine. Cook, simmering and stirring often, until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

For the Grilled Sesame Chicken Skewers:

  • Cube and place the chicken in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once the sauce has cooled, add 1/4 cup to the chicken and let marinade for at least one hour or all day in the fridge, reserving the remaining sauce for serving.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 400-450 degrees F). When grill is hot, place the skewers on the grill and cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping every 3-4 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and nice grill marks have formed.
  • Place cooked chicken skewers on a tray. With the remaining sauce, brush the skewers on all sides.
  • Serve alone or with rice. I served mine with my Ginger Scallion Rice (recipe follows). [To keep it Whole30, serve with veggies or cauliflower rice.] Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!