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Chinese Chicken Skewers (Kebabs): A Flavorful Grilled Delight

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Chinese Chicken Skewers, known as “chuanr” in China, offer a tantalizing and savory experience that takes you on a culinary journey through the heart of grilled perfection. These skewers, featuring marinated and tender pieces of chicken threaded onto sticks, capture the essence of smoky flavors and aromatic spices that characterize Chinese street food. Rooted in Chinese culinary traditions that celebrate the art of skewering and grilling, Chinese Chicken Skewers showcase the mastery of combining flavors and techniques to create a beloved dish that’s perfect for gatherings and outdoor dining. In this article, we delve into the preparation, ingredients, and meticulous process of crafting these flavorful skewers, inviting you to savor the aromatic and satisfying world of Chinese Chicken Skewers.


  • Mixing bowl
  • Grill or stovetop grill pan
  • Brush for basting
  • Plate for serving


Prep Time: 15 minutes Marinating Time: 1-2 hours (or overnight) Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (including marinating and cooking) Servings: 4-6 (depending on serving size) Yield: Varies based on quantity

Marinating the Chicken:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, five-spice powder, garlic powder, ginger powder, white pepper, and vegetable oil to create the marinade.
  • Add the bite-sized chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring they are coated thoroughly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, allowing the flavors to infuse. Marinating overnight intensifies the flavor.

Assembling and Grilling the Skewers:

  • Preheat a grill or stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto soaked bamboo skewers, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
  • Place the skewers on the preheated grill, allowing them to cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has beautiful grill marks.
  • While grilling, use a brush to baste the skewers with any remaining marinade for added flavor and moisture.

Savoring the Grilled Delight:

  • Plate the Chinese Chicken Skewers, inviting diners to savor the aroma and succulence of the grilled chicken.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped cilantro over the skewers for a burst of color and flavor.
  • Serve the skewers hot, allowing guests to enjoy the tender and flavorful chicken that captures the essence of outdoor grilling.


Chinese Chicken Skewers offer a journey into the world of smoky flavors and aromatic spices, inviting you to savor the grill-perfect delight that defines this iconic dish. Rooted in the traditions of street food culture, these skewers showcase the art of marination, skewering, and grilling that characterize Chinese culinary craftsmanship. As you savor each bite of Chinese Chicken Skewers, you’re immersing yourself in a culinary experience that celebrates the essence of outdoor grilling and the flavorful blend of spices while relishing the succulent and aromatic symphony of tastes. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the art of skewering and grilling, and savor the aromatic and satisfying experience of Chinese Chicken Skewers—a dish that invites you to relish the smoky flavors, the tender chicken, and the delightful blend that dances on your palate as you explore the taste journey it offers.


prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
10-15 minutes
total time
1 hour 25 minutes


  • Mixing bowl

  • Grill or stovetop grill pan

  • Brush for basting

  • Plate for serving


  • For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • For Assembling and Grilling:

  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water to prevent burning

  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish


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