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Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers - Juicy, tender grilled chicken, bursting with vibrant flavor. A delicious fusion of South American and Asian cuisines!
Course: Main
Cuisine: Peruvian, South American
Keyword: Peruvian Grilled Chicken, Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
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. Trim chicken of excess fat and cut into approximately 1-inch wide pieces. Set aside.

  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium-size bowl and stir to mix. Add chicken to a large zip lock bag along with half of the marinade/sauce. Reserve the remaining marinade and set it aside.

  3. Massage the bag with the chicken to evenly coat the chicken with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

  4. Heat a 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.)

  5. Clean grill surface and oil with spray or brush 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. The 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.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips

Nutrition Facts
Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 454mg20%
Potassium 887mg25%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.