Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs

By • May 5, 2013 • 77 Comments



Author Notes: Maybe you've heard of or make "white" barbecue sauce from Alabama -- it's tart and tangy with mayo and vinegar as its base instead of the more common tomato. I like it a lot and thought I'd put a new twist on it for some chicken kebabs. Instead of the traditional horseradish I substituted sambal oelek for a bigger kick and a little sugar for sweetness. And extra is great as a dipping sauce. inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: WHO: We've been cooking with inpatskitchen for a long time, and this is one of her best recipes yet.
WHAT: Moist, flavorful, addictive kebabs that will put the rest of the backyard barbecue spread to shame.
HOW: Mix up the sauce, fire up the grill, don't forget to baste.
WHY WE LOVE IT: "How is this chicken so moist?" is what you'll ask yourself while you're eating these. And probably, "Why can't I stop?" Don't ask questions, just keep eating. You have the recipe now -- the secrets are yours.
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Makes 4 kebabs (but there will be enough sauce to do 6 to 8 kebabs)

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (or more if you can handle it..I used two!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed or put through a press
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate. (Sauce can be made well ahead of time.)

Kebabs

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • Four 12-inch skewers (if using wood, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning)
  • Salt, pepper, and olive oil
  • The sauce
  1. Cut the breast halves into 1 1/2 inch cubes and thread them on the skewers. Season the kebabs with a little salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Light your grill to medium heat and oil the grates well.
  2. Reserve 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the sauce for dipping.
  3. Place your kebabs on the grill and start lightly basting and turning until the chicken is done. (Be careful not to burn!) Serve them up with a little of the reserved sauce on the side.
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about 1 month ago Anne Sejer

Am I missing a point? Where does the sauce come in, it isn't mentioned in the recipe, is it used as a marinade? The recipe, by the way, sounds totally irresistible!

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about 1 month ago inpatskitchen

I see what you mean Anne. I meant to say to "start basting with the sauce" that wasn't reserved. Hope this helps.

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about 1 month ago Anne Sejer

It certainly does, thank you, will be giving it a try tomorrow :-)

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about 1 month ago inpatskitchen

For some reason I can't edit the recipe. Please let me know how it goes for you!

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about 1 month ago Lori

I make a similar dish using Yogurt, Red wine vinegar, lemons, garlic and Aleppo Pepper. I will give this recipe a try and see if it is better, but I love the yogurt recipe!

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about 1 month ago inpatskitchen

Yours sounds wonderful Lori! Welcome to Food52!

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5 months ago Bryan

This white sauce is amazing, I cooked over indirect heat for a while on the grill basting several times then flipped up the heat and basted for a few more minutes, great recipe. This white sauce can go on anything. I'm going to use leftovers on salmon tonight to see how it is. I've made a different version of this sauce that used some other (in my opinion unnecessary) ingredients including horseradish on chicken wings, I'll look forward to trying this on wings w/ skin on.

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5 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Bryan! Salmon and wings sound wonderful! I've used the sauce on shrimp and really like it. Now you've got me wanting to dig the grill out of the snow! Welcome to Food52!

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5 months ago thirteenJ

IPK/Detroit/Cleveland!
I keep seeing recipes for cauliflower "wingdings" with Frank's Redhot. I'm gonna try Alabama Style!

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5 months ago inpatskitchen

Go for it thirteenJ! And let us know how it turns out!

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about 1 year ago Julia

This was so yummy! A huge hit at my house! We put some extra sauce on our corn on the cob. :)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Julia! I love the idea of the sauce with corn...will try next time!!

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about 1 year ago LeeLeeBee

LOVED this recipe. We are chile addicts, so we used two tablespoons of sambal oelek, and will probably use three or four next time. The sauce needed a touch more salt - perhaps one teaspoon total. The recipe makes a lot of sauce, and we might just make 2/3 next time.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So happy you were happy! Thanks!

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

You must enter your tasty sauce in the Hellman's Mayonnaise Mario Batali contest. Here's the link if you're interested. Made your recipe 2x - delicious! https://apps.facebook.com...

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I'm so glad you're enjoying! I messaged you re: the contest.

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

I didn't receive your message - not surprised. I haven't received any notifications in about 1 1/2 either. I've emailed the editors over a year ago but no resolution. : (

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Boy I know how that is! Anyway this contest seems to only allow one to add ingredients to a Batali recipe and doesn't allow any deletions of his ingredients. Any suggestions?

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Let me look back at the specifics of the contest and let you know.

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about 1 year ago za'atar

This sauce is fantastic! I tried it on chicken and can't wait to try it out on all kinds of other meat and veggies.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I'm so happy you liked this! Thank you so much!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Congrats again on being a finalist Pat! We're grilling these tonight. :)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks again Emily! Please let me know what you think of them..

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Delicious! We loved it.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So happy you enjoyed!

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about 1 year ago Kukla

Many Congratulations Pat and thanks for adding another great recipe to our arsenal!!!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Kukla! You're so right about the great arsenal of recipes!

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about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

You and your recipes will always be winners in my kitchen, Pat! Many congrats on your wonderful recipe making it into the finals circle :-)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much susan! I'm pleased as punch for it making it there!

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about 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

We're making this again tonight despite the rain. Addictive! Congrats on being a runner up - you're a winner in my heart though ;)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much darksideofthespoon! I'm so glad you're enjoying this....and thanks for your warm thoughts.

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about 1 year ago Texas Ex

Add my accolades to your list. Perfect for a weekend barbecue. I've had white sauce before, but this was by far the best.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I'm so happy you enjoyed! We had the family over yesterday and they were a hit! Thanks so much!!

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations! Love your blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet. I can't wait to try these!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much HLA! Just whipped up the sauce for tomorrow's BBQ...let me know if you try it.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congrats on being a finalist Pat! These look phenomenal!!! Pretty perfect for Memorial Day weekend, I'd say.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Emily! They actually are on the menu along with some steak kebabs and Greek pork and lamb kebabs. Have a wonderful holiday!

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about 1 year ago denise&food

Just made the sauce and it is very tasty. Thanks for a new bbq idea!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So glad you like it denise&food! Thanks so much!

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about 1 year ago thirteenJ

Good Luck, IPK!
I love your sweet sauces!
Trying this with tofu.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thank you thirteenJ! Tofu sounds wonderful!! let me know how it goes..

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about 1 year ago thirteenJ

Wow! The longer you can leave this on the grill and keep adding layers and layers of sauce, the better! I did 1" cubes of 'fu, but will change that to 1/2" slices (double skewered) to increase surface area...to hold more sauce!!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So happy you like the sauce! It certainly is addictive!

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about 1 year ago Waverly

I can't wait to try it - the sauce sounds amazing. Congratulations!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Waverly! Hope you enjoy!

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

In my recipe box to try (have to use a sugar substitute though), congrats.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I think a sugar substitute will be fine! And thanks so much!

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about 1 year ago Kate's Kitchen

Great alternative to the traditional red sauce - yummy, spicy and moist. Using mesquite chips while grilling adds another dimension of flavor. Congrats inpatskitchen!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Kate! I love mesquite!!

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about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

My whole family is from Alabama and this is totally new to me!!! I love how it sounds!!! Many congrats to you on being a finalist. I'm so happy for you!!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks susan! I think the sauce is popular in northern Alabama..

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

Congrats Pat! This looks and sounds amazing -- and easy!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thank you Emily! Easy is so right!

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about 1 year ago Kukla

Congratulations Pat!Your sauce sounds fantastic and would be delicious on all kind of grilled meats and fish!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Kukla! It's even good on French fries(LOL)!

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about 1 year ago Midge

Cannot wait to try this. Congrats!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Midge!

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about 1 year ago gingerroot

Congrats Pat!! I'll be trying this the next time we fire up the grill.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thank you gingerroot! Please let me know what you think.

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations Pat, this sounds amazing!!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks suzanne...you're always so kind!

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about 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Love the idea of basting with something creamy! Can't we just have two winners this time around!? Both these finalist sauces look killer!!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I agree Loves Food Loves to Eat..that mustard sauce looks amazing!!

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about 1 year ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations on being a finalist, Pat! I can't wait to try your white barbecue sauce. Sounds amazing!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much Hannah! Hope you enjoy!!

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about 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Yayyyyy you're a finalist! As soon as I tasted this recipe, I KNEW you would be. This was my headnote for it:

I can't say enough great things about this recipe - it was outstanding. Being immersed in the food world day in and day out, it's very rare that I see a combination of ingredients I simply haven't seen before and would never have thought of on my own. Mayonnaise with sambal oelek? THIS was new to me, and it was genius. The sauce is a perfect combination of sweet, tangy, creamy and spicy. It was delicious on grilled chicken kabobs, but I think it would be equally amazing on almost anything - pork, beef, grilled vegetables, or used as a dipping sauce or a sandwich spread. I'll make this again and again, and marvel at it's brilliance each time.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Wow! Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Anything with sambal oelek is a favorite in my book! I truly appreciate your kind words!

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about 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Congratulations on being a finalist! After trying this recipe I can sure see why it was picked. :)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! I'm so glad you liked it!

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about 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

Mmm! Just the kind of recipe I was looking for, making this tonight for supper for sure.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Oh please send me your thoughts if you do make it!

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about 1 year ago darksideofthespoon

I split the recipe by 4, since it's just me, hubby and baby. I marinated the chicken, some prawns in the sauce all day long! We threw on Red Pepper, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes with the chicken and prawns. SO GOOD. I was actually most impressed with the taste of the prawns, they really sucked up the mayo and were so creamy and tender - despite the charring. We used the minimal amount of Sambal and next time I would use more for myself (not for my 1 year old, haha!) and maybe more salt. Either way, this was awesome! We will make it again this summer for sure.

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So glad you enjoyed this! I've done this with shrimp also and you're right...it's so good! Thanks so much for trying this!

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about 1 year ago sel et poivre

Anything with sambal oelek is right up my alley. Would kewpie mayonnaise work for the sauce or am I better off with a more traditional mayo?

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

I've never had kewpie mayo but after just reading about it, it sounds fantastic! Let me know...I'll be off buying some next time I'm at my Asian market.

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about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Love it! ;o)

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks AJ!!