Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Kabobs are my kind of barbecue dish — quick to cook and virtually fool proof, especially for chicken.

I have too many childhood memories of community chicken barbecues where I was served chicken legs that were black and crispy on the outside and still raw in the middle.  They looked so good on the outside but you just couldn’t eat them.

I don’t want to stress over my chicken and I don’t want to be poking it to pieces during grilling to see if it’s cooked.

No, chicken kabobs are the way to go, especially these chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce.

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

With this recipe you get that chicken barbecue feeling, complete with a slathering of old fashioned tasting barbecue sauce, and you get meat that’s cooked just right.

This simple barbecue sauce is no-cook – you just mix up the ingredients and set the meat to marinate. Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities if you’d like more spice, or add a dash of hot sauce, or may be a bit more smoked paprika, or some minced onion….

chicken kabobs with sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Kabobs are a great dish for entertaining too because there is no slicing or carving involved. Single servings on a stick and grab two if you’re hungry.

This finger-food versatility of kabobs makes them ideal for summer.

Chicken Kabobs with Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup (or up to 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ to 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt (optional)

 

  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, cut into chunks or strips
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Remove half of sauce to a jar and add chicken to the bowl.
  2. Cover and place chicken in fridge to marinate for two hours to overnight.

When ready to cook:

  1. Preheat grill to medium or preheat oven broiler.
  2. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers, shaking off extra sauce (soak skewers in cold water for 30 minutes beforehand, if they’re wooden)
  3. Grill until done, turning once after 5 minutes. (Total time will depend on size of your chicken pieces)
  4. Drizzle with additional sauce and sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

 

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Molasses and Soy Glazed Salmon Skewers

Easy molasses and soy glazed salmon skewers
Quick and easy recipes that taste great — that’s what I love.

Especially on sunny days when it’s finally starting to feel like spring. For me, food on a skewer dissolves all memory of winter and welcomes warmer weather to our supper table. With their fresh spring colours these salmon skewers even look great on a plate, stacked over rice with some fresh bright vegetables alongside.

Of course they taste delicious too. Molasses and soy sauce are an excellent combination, especially with salmon. Since it’s a rich tasting fish salmon can handle the extra flavour of the marinade and the tangy sweet from the molasses is a lovely touch.

easy molasses and soy glazed salmon skewers
Salmon was always a sign of spring when I was growing up. To this day a classic New Brunswick spring supper is whole roasted, or oven-poached, salmon served with local fiddleheads and new potatoes.
These speedy salmon skewers are suitable for a main dish meal but they work just as well as a tasty, finger-friendly appetizer too.
Want to teach your kids to cook? Get them started with this recipe. The marinade is simple to mix up, and it’s very hands-on, so fun to assemble.

Molasses and Soy Glazed Salmon Skewers

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or gluten-free Tamari)
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger or ½ tsp. dry ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Pinch of hot red pepper flakes (optional)
  • About 1 ½ lbs. salmon, cut into strips
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives or scallions (green onions)
  • Wooden skewers for threading (soaked in water for 30 minutes before cooking)
  1. In a shallow dish combine soy sauce, molasses, ginger and garlic (and hot pepper). Add the salmon and mix it around with your hands until it’s well coated.
  2. Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes if you have time. If not, Preheat oven to 400 F
  3. Thread salmon onto prepared wooden skewers.
  4. Place salmon skewers on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, turning once half way through, until cooked.
  5. Remove to a plate, squeeze over lemon and sprinkle with chopped chives.

You might also enjoy our Molasses Salmon with Coriander:

Molasses salmon

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Here’s to eating well, everyday,

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