Spicy Blackberry Bourbon Grilled Chicken Skewers Recipe

Spicy Blackberry Bourbon Grilled Chicken Skewers is an easy appetizer or main dish for your next backyard barbecue. The tartness of blackberries combined with the smoky bourbon and a touch of honey makes these chicken skewers irresistible.

Blackberry Bourbon BBQ Chicken Skewers

Course: Appetizer, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, BBQ, healthy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 86 kcal
Festive enough for special occasions - simple enough for every day.  The Blackberry Bourbon BBQ sauce recipe makes ordinary chicken skewers extra special.

It's also really good on barbecued pork.



Chcken Skewers

  • 16 metal or water soaked wood skewers
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into 2 in strips
  • 1 lime juiced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 t Dried Rosemary
  • 2 t vegetable oil

Blueberry BBQ sauce

  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 T minced fresh jalapeño chile seeded
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t Tabasco
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Chicken Skewer Directions

  1. Marinate chicken with lime juice, salt, pepper, and rosemary for about 15 minutes to an hour
  2. Thread chicken strips on skewers like a satay.

  3. Grill until almost cooked through.

  4. Brush with BBQ sauce (recipe below)

  5. Grill until caramelized and cook completely

Blueberry BBQ sauce directions

  1. Heat the oil in a nonreactive saucepan. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is translucent about 3 minutes.

  2. Add the ketchup, vinegar, honey, mustard, and Tabasco.  Bring to a simmer.

  3. Add the blackberries and simmer over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  4. Puree the sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pass through a strainer and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve additional BBQ sauce with the chicken skewers

Recipe Notes



Make Ahead Tip

The sauce can be made several days in advance and refrigerated and will keep for 3 - 4 days tightly covered in the refrigerator.



Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Bourbon BBQ Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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