Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers

Juicy, tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. These Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers are a delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!

Are you ready for another international culinary adventure?

If you read our last post, featuring Peruvian Green Sauce, you know that we’ve been quite enchanted with Peruvian cuisine for the past few months. You can read more about the the fascinating history of Peruvian culinary culture in Wednesday’s post, but to sum it up, it’s a interesting fusion of Latin American, European and Asian – little bits and pieces of each cuisine, all thrown in a big pot and swirled around to produce some incredibly delicious eats!

Overhead shot of a plate of Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers with lime wedges

These Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers are the perfect example of this fusion fare. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in what seems to be a crazy combination of herbs, spices and other ingredients; garlic, cumin, chili powder, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, fresh ginger and olive oil. Half of the mixture is used for the marinade and the other half as a basting sauce while the chicken is grilling.

Vertical collage shot of the front of a KitchenAid 8-burner grill and closeup of Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers on grille

I used my beautiful KitchenAid Stainless Steel 8 burner gas grill to make these yummy skewers. We’ve been using the grill for about two months now and are totally sold on it. If you’re in the market for a grill, you get a lot for your money with KitchenAid.

I like to cut up the thighs and thread the meat on skewers, but if you’re in a hurry, you could leave them whole and grill them without the skewers. I served this chicken last week to our son, Nick and his wife, Lindsay along with the Peruvian Green Sauce.

Closeup of Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peruvian Green Sauce drizzled on top and garnished with lime wedges

Nick made a comment that explains how delicious they are; he said, “Wow mom, this is one of the best things you’ve made in a long time”. But being a very considerate (smart and diplomatic too!) son, he added, “… and you make a lot of really good things!”. I had to laugh – but also had to agree that these Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers are wonderful.

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers - Juicy tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. A delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!


Want something special this weekend for dinner? Got friends coming for dinner sometime soon? Tired of the same-old-same old? Pick up some chicken thighs at the market next time you shop. Check the list of marinade and Peruvian Green Sauce ingredients – you probably have most of them in the pantry or fridge, but jot down anything you’re missing. You’re in for a fabulous treat! Someone might even say it’s, “the best thing you’ve made in a long time”!


Disclaimer – KitchenAid gave us the lovely grill several months ago, but we were not required or paid to write this post. We just love this grill!

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Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers - Juicy tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. A delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!


Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers

Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers - Juicy tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. A delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!

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Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers – Juicy, tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. A delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!

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  • Prep Time: 15 (does not include marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 21 minute
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Peruvian


  • For the marinade/basting sauce:
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger
  • For the chicken:
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Add chicken to a zippered bag or medium size bowl along with half of the marinade/sauce. Massage bag well or stir to evenly coat chicken with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  2. Heat gas grill to medium high or start a medium hot charcoal grill. Thread chicken onto skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes, so they don’t catch on fire.)
  3. Clean grill surface and oil with spray or with a tongs and an oil-dipped paper towel. Place skewers on grill and cook, turning one-quarter turn every 3-4 minutes until golden, about 10-12 minutes. Brush with the remaining sauce, turning frequently until chicken is charred in spots. Exact timing will vary, depending on the temperature of your grill. Remove the chicken skewers from the grill, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.












30 thoughts on “Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers”

  • So glad I came across this site, everything looks absolutely delicious, going to try making this with the mexican salad, there are so many lovely recipes to choose from.

  • These Peruvian chicken skewers and green sauce look delicious Chris! I can only hope mine will turn out as nice as yours (my skills on the BBQ need improving). I have recently posted on my blog a Peruvian fish chowder, which has been a family favourite for years. Thanks to you I now have more than one Peruvian recipe!

  • Oh, my goodness! I just made this (only marinated an hour, but I brined the chicken before I marinated it.) This is fabulous, and I didn’t even make the Peruvian Green Sauce to go with it! Spicy, flavorful, delicious!

  • YUM! I made this with whole bone-in chicken legs. I heated the grill up to a high temperature then turned off one of the burners and cooked the chicken for about an hour over the burner that was off, turning the chicken over every 5-10 minutes. The marinade was so delicious!

  • Chicken skewers are always a big hit in summer and rightly so. Your Peruvian marinade and green sauce sound wonderful and and are most certainly perfect summer food to be enjoyed by family and friends.

    And your Kitchen Aid burner is to die for, of course.

  • Marinaded grilled chicken is our favorite summer dinner. We love it so much, I have been known to make it in the winter too, standing out in the snow to grill! This Peruvian marinade sounds full of interesting flavors. Though I usually use chicken breasts (I know they tend to be drier), you have convinced me to give chicken thighs a try!

  • I definitely need to branch out into new chicken recipes! Your green sauce recipe and the skewered chicken thighs sound wonderful, Chris. Love your new grill!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I know I would love these, not to mention my daughter, she loves everything chicken and she loves eating anything from a skewer as well.

  • That’s funny, I just noticed we have the same grill (Costco special this spring). Lol

    I made this tonight – it was so incredibly delicious. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recipe. I was looking for a good chicken marinade and this is perfect! I left the thighs whole and served with the green sauce. My whole family enjoyed it!

  • Now this is fusion food at it’s finest! What an amazing marinade—it will be perfect for one of our Sunday night family grill fests 🙂

    • Yes, I will probably post a Peruvian Rice coming up but I also love to serve this chicken in bowls with jasmine rice, sliced mango, sliced avocado, black beans (I just use canned beans and add a scoop of salsa if I have it) and fresh corn (off the cob). It’s really fun to just put everything in bowls on the counter and let people make their own bowls. I always serve it with the Peruvian Green sauce too – so good!

      • Wow! I just have to tell you how good this was. The hubs even loved it. But as good as the chicken is that green sauce is AMAZING! I’m so excited about that recipe not just because it tastes amazing but I’ve been on a search for a dip/sauce that is not made up primarily of dairy and/or mayo. I realize it has a some in there but I can live with that. If you have anymore recipes like this please direct me to them.

  • Wow, that’s one flavourful marinade, Chris! I can’t wait to try this fabulous combo of ingredients. This chicken looks delicious and with your green sauce added, I can see why your son was raving about it. Love his diplomacy, too! lol.
    Oh yeah, I’m doing this! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  • We love the thighs and this looks like a fabulous way to enjoy them, love all the flavors you have added. I can see why your son enjoyed this so much.

  • Oh gosh I’ve been waiting for this! What a glorious meal, between the sauce and the marinade the whole thing must be incredibly flavorful. The combination of spices is new to me, too, I can’t wait to give it a try this week.

  • I have two huge packages of skinless chicken thighs in the freezer and I know what I’m going to do with them. Your recipes have never steered me wrong, and I look forward to trying this one. We spent a couple of weeks in Peru 8 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the food there. This will be a treat!

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