Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs

By inpatskitchen
May 5, 2013
134 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.
The Editors

Makes: 4 kebabs (but there will be enough sauce to do 6 to 8 kebabs)

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups 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

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

Directions

Sauce

  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate. (Sauce can be made well ahead of time.)

Kebabs

  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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Reviews (134) Questions (2)

134 Comments

Zach August 11, 2018
Signed up to thank you for this recipe. If anyone is out off by the mayonnaise (I was) just go ahead and make it. The flavors come together amazingly. I almost didn't make it after tasting the sauce. I'm so glad I did!
 
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inpatskitchen August 11, 2018
I'm so glad you made this too Zach! Thanks so much!
 
Linda D. July 13, 2018
Thank you so much for the most flavorful moist chicken kabobs I have ever eaten, Pat. The next time I make this, I will try horseradish or harissa instead of the sambal oelek. I will keep the ingredient ratios in mind as I do not care to have that much sauce on hand. I have a very small refrigerator (we live in a motor home) and space is at a premium.
 
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inpatskitchen July 13, 2018
Thanks Linda! I'm so happy you enjoyed...horseradish is traditional in the sauce so I'm sure the kebabs will be great!
 
Caroline C. September 4, 2017
I made these kabobs (again) at a family BBQ and people went nuts for them! My nephew (11) has demanded these for his birthday dinner. The key is to baste and turn on a well prepared grill so that you get the perfect ratio of juicy chicken to bits of charred edges.
 
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inpatskitchen September 4, 2017
Yay! So happy you all like these...our family does too!!
 
Lisa H. June 28, 2017
These kebabs were terrific! Very juicy and flavorful. I did use two tablespoons of sambal oelek and next time, I may use even a little bit more. We had quite a bit of leftover sauce, which I used to grill a pork tenderloin a few days later. This one is a keeper for sure.
 
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inpatskitchen June 28, 2017
Thanks so much Lisa! Leftover sauce is terrific on all sorts stuff (my fave is shrimp!)
 
Theresa June 19, 2017
I had high hopes for this chicken BBQ recipe. Having spent a bit of time in Alabama, I wanted to introduce a bit of Alabama BBQ flavor to my husband and sons. Unfortunately, it was not for them. Although they said the chicken was very moist, they didn't like the BBQ basting sauce AT ALL and this recipe went into the category of "unanimous thumbs down" :(
 
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inpatskitchen June 19, 2017
Sorry you weren't happy but I understand that everyone has different tastes. Hopefully you've found a chicken kebab you like.
 
Jennifer M. June 1, 2017
I made Smashed Potatoes...<br />http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/crispy-smashed-roasted-potatoes
 
Lorrie H. May 31, 2017
This was great! Thanks! Any ideas about what to serve with?
 
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inpatskitchen June 1, 2017
Thanks Lorrie! We usually have a spinach salad with it but any of the usual BBQ sides would be great: slaw, corn on the cob, etc.
 
Jennifer M. May 1, 2017
Making this tonight as I have chicken breasts that have nothing to do and a jar of mayo that is bored.
 
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inpatskitchen May 1, 2017
Once that sambal gets added to the mayo it won't be bored! Thanks for trying this...sure hope you like it.
 
Jennifer M. May 2, 2017
Made it...it was fantastic! My husband loved it! I wasn't able to grill it outside due to weather but used grill pan. Will make again!!
 
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inpatskitchen May 2, 2017
I'm so happy you liked it.Thanks!! I'm planning this for dinner as soon as we get rid of this rain....
 
Nanners May 28, 2016
Just grilled this tonight on charcoal barbeque and my husband who is not a fan of chicken,,,, said that this is the best chicken he has ever had, THANK-YOU FOR SHARING.... this meal was absolutely fantastic and can not wait to share with my friends. KUDOS to you!!
 
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inpatskitchen May 29, 2016
Thanks so much Nanners!! We love this one too!
 
Allison W. April 15, 2016
This looks delicious! Do you think it would be ok with egg-free mayo?
 
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inpatskitchen April 16, 2016
I think it will be fine! Hope you enjoy....
 
Ronna R. April 16, 2016
I'm sure it would work and taste just as good!<br />
 
Caroline C. December 17, 2015
I made these on an indoor grill pan since there are heaps and heaps of snow outside. The results looked just like the photo above: Charred edges, juicy, flavorful meat. Very delicious.
 
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inpatskitchen December 17, 2015
Thank you Caroline! So happy you enjoyed!
 
Idalu October 30, 2015
Made this fir a BBQ this past summer and everyone wanted more including the kids. A keeper.
 
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inpatskitchen October 30, 2015
Thanks so much Idalu! I'm especially happy when kids like the meal!
 
Christinekim June 28, 2015
How long should the chicken cook for, or should I be testing with a thermometer till they reach 165? Thanks
 
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inpatskitchen June 28, 2015
A thermometer is a good idea... timing depends on your grill so I can't give you an accurate one.
 
Jennifer June 17, 2015
We made this with chicken wings and they were gone instantly! I was hoping for leftovers, but no luck! Simply delicious! I will make this again and again. Thanks so much for sharing!<br />
 
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inpatskitchen June 17, 2015
Chicken wings sound fabulous! Thank you so much!
 
Ronna R. June 16, 2015
We made these yesterday, exactly as the recipe indicates (other than we used our on hand "Rooster Sauce"- Sriracha, instead of sambal oelek). It is FANTASTIC. We've never had grilled chicken that wasn't marinated turn out THIS moist and THIS delicious!! It was even good as leftovers..cold!! We will make this again, and again, and again! It was awesome! We did a side of grilled mushrooms, onions, zucchini and yellow squash. It was HEAVEN!
 
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inpatskitchen June 16, 2015
THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU!! We just love this too...so happy you enjoyed!
 
Jennifer May 23, 2015
You can buy sambal oelek from Amazon.com.
 
Jean N. May 8, 2015
My family loved this. I grilled some skewers of mini peppers and onions along with the chicken kabobs, great combo.
 
karencooks May 8, 2015
Thanks for suggesting skewering and grilling mini peppers and onions!!! I will definitely do that the next time I make this recipe.
 
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inpatskitchen May 8, 2015
Thanks so much Jean! I'm so happy all enjoyed and love the idea of peppers and onions to go along with the chicken!
 
karencooks May 4, 2015
Yesterday we grilled and basted split chicken breasts with this delicious sauce!!! Can't wait to serve to family and friends this summer!
 
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inpatskitchen May 4, 2015
So happy you enjoyed! Thanks!
 
Paulette M. April 9, 2015
What are you serving with it?<br />
 
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inpatskitchen April 9, 2015
Depends on the occasion...usually a spinach salad if it's just the two of us. I like it with rice also.
 
Manhattan T. March 28, 2015
It's rare that my family goes on and on about so basic a preparation, but they did and this certainly was. I followed the recipe to a T, despite my reservations about the 1/4 cup of sugar; it didn't disappoint. Though I'm frequently guilty of using low-fat mayo, I sucked it up and bought the full-fat kind (and I'm glad I did). That said, my husband said that there were several flare-ups from the fat in the mayo, so mindfulness at the barbeque was a must. I made the full recipe and next time will make much more chicken, as everybody ate substantially more than normal and I would've loved to have had more leftovers for a salad -- and used that fabulous sauce as the dressing! As it was, I used the leftover chicken as a pizza topping with Bermuda onions and a drizzle of the leftover dressing; it was rich and fabulous. Thanks, Inpatskitchen. This is a winner!
 
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inpatskitchen March 28, 2015
So happy the whole family enjoyed! I made these for a family BBQ last summer along with some pork kebabs and beef kebabs and the chicken was the first to go and was a hit with all (including the little ones!). And your pizza sounds amazing!