Sweet and spicy honey glazed chicken kebabs with sweet potato chunks and sweet onions. These kebabs are a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. 

Honey Glazed Chicken Kebabs

If you’re a fan of chicken and sweet potatoes then I got something amazing for you. These sweet and spicy chicken potato kebabs are the most delicious combo of flavors. 

Tossed in a flavorful spice mixture, grilled until juicy tender, and finished off with a sweet honey glaze. It’s kind of a meal in one without much extra effort. All you need is a house side and you have yourself a tasty summer meal.

Close up honey glazed chicken kebabs

Ingredients

To make these chicken and sweet potato kebabs, you’ll need:

  • sweet potatoes
  • chicken thighs
  • sweet onion
  • olive oil
  • spicesgarlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and red chili flakes
  • honey
  • apple cider vinegar
Ingredients for honey chicken kebabs

Can You Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?

Yes, you totally can use chicken breasts. My biggest tip would be to cut the breast into similar size chunks as the onions and sweet potatoes to ensure it cooks evenly.

Also, make sure not to overcook the breast as it dries out easily. I would check for doneness around 6-7 minutes.  

How to Make Honey Chicken Kebabs

These chicken sweet potato kebabs are made from scratch, including the spice mix + glaze in only about 30 minutes! Yes, half an hour and you will have a delicious, from scratch meal, on the table, for your whole family to enjoy. 

  • Step 1: Start off with par-boiling the sweet potatoes first. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place into a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, set your timer to 5 minutes and cook until they are nearly cooked through. Drain and transfer to a bowl to cool. 

  • Step 2: While the sweet potatoes are cooking, make your spice mixture, which consists of seven different spices. Then make the glaze, which is literally honey + apple cider vinegar whisked together.
Step by step instructions for spicy honey glazed chicken and sweet potato kebabs
  • Step 3: Toss the chicken with half of the spice mixture. Divide the remaining spice mixture between the sweet potatoes and onions, and toss to combine.
  • Step 4: Thread chicken, sweet potatoes, and onions onto the skewers. Make sure to soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning. Brush the skewers with half of the honey glaze.
  • Step 5: Cook on pre-heated grill over medium direct heat for about 8 minutes, turning frequently. Remove from grill and brush on the remaining glaze. If desired, garnish with fresh basil before serving.

How Do You Grill Kebabs?

First, preheat your gas grill on medium heat for direct grilling. Clean and oil the grates. I love to use a non-stick spray for easy application or you can dip a bunched-up paper towel into high-heat cooking oil, and using tongs, wipe the paper down on the grill grates.

When the grill is hot, add the chicken kebabs, and cook with the grill closed until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes total, turning the kebabs frequently. 

Tip! Soak the bamboo skewers for 30 minutes prior to use to prevent burning.

Close up overhead grilled spicy honey chicken kebabs

Side Dishes to Pair with Kebabs

We love to pair these kebabs with easy side dishes. Here are a few favorites:

Love kebab recipes? Try our Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs, Lemon Garlic Chicken Kebabs, or Grilled Garlic Shrimp.

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Overhead spicy honey chicken kebabs

Spicy Honey Chicken and Sweet Potato Kebabs

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Sweet and spicy honey glazed chicken kebabs with sweet potato chunks and sweet onions. These kebabs are a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks and layers separated
  • 7 (12-inch) bamboo skewers*
  • Fresh basil, optional

Spice Mix + Glaze

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 6 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place potato pieces into a small saucepan and add just enough water to cover the tops. Bring the water with potatoes to a boil over medium high heat, when boiling, set your timer to 5 minutes, and cook until potatoes are nearly cooked but still firm. Immediately drain and transfer to a bowl to cool.
  2. While the potatoes are cooling, prepare the spice mix + glaze by mixing together the olive oil with garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and crushed red pepper. In a separate bowl, combine the honey and vinegar. Set aside.
  3. Toss chicken with half of the spice mixture. Divide the rest of the spice mixture between the potatoes and onions, and toss gently to combine.
  4. Thread the chicken, sweet potatoes, and onions onto the soaked skewers. You should approximately have a total of 7 skewers. Brush the skewers with half of the honey glaze.
  5. Pre-heat the grill on medium heat. Clean and oil the grates. Grill the chicken skewers for about 8 minutes, turning frequently, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove from the grill and brush on the rest of the honey glaze. Optional, sprinkle with thinly sliced basil before serving.

Notes

  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to use to prevent burning.
  • You can substitute thighs with chicken breast. Start checking for doneness around 6 minutes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 466
  • Sugar: 29.2 g
  • Sodium: 821.5 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.8 g
  • Protein: 35.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 159.8 mg