Spicy Chicken Kebabs

Can someone please explain to me why there are still commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken in 2016?
When we all know about trans fat and growth hormones, for the love of god someone, why are there still KFC commercials?


I remember this one time, I think I told this story here before, I remember this one time I went to a farmers market and asked for an all natural chicken.

You eat a regular fucking chicken…first of all it’s going to look like a pigeon to you, we’re so used to those roided up ones that they sell at the supermarkets.

Lined up like they’re on Murderers Row, as big as goddamn turkeys except it’s a chicken.
Breasts bigger than the cast of Real Housewives and Jersey Shore – in my world, that’s not a chicken.


Anyway, I went down to the farmer’s market and I said, “I want an all natural chicken.”
The guy goes, “these are all natural.”
And I said, “all natural??”

And he goes, “well… “
I’m like, “come on… whereee is it?”

And he had to walk around the corner.


I followed him and it’s sitting over there, lonely.
Looking like somebody killed a goddammn dove.


He goes, “That one over there, that’s all natural, nothing’s wrong with it, that’s 100% all natural.”
And I was like, “That’s what a chicken is supposed to look like!!?!”

And he raised his eyebrows and he kind of put his lips together so they were a straight line and then he nodded.


You know that look that people do like yeah, I’m in The Matrix, I realize I’m in The Matrix but this is the only way –
That was the look this guy gave me.

And look I’m not saying KFC isn’t delicious, even I get weak in the knees for some Popeye’s but can we tone down the ads?
I don’t need to see 5 commercials for KFC in the space of an hour, I don’t.

Jesus christ, going to the gym everyday is already hard enough.















Chicken Kebabs

What I Used

A dozen 6″ skewers. 4 Chicken Breasts Fillets. 1/4 cup Rice Vinegar. 3 tbsp Fish Sauce. 3 tbsp Soy Sauce. 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce. 2 tsp minced Garlic (more if you like garlic). 3 tbsp Maple Syrup (substitute 2 tbsp honey). 1/4 cup Sriracha Sauce (less if you don’t like spicy). Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper.

What I Did

This makes 12-14 skewers with about 3 per person.
If you want to make a meal out of it, it’ll go great with a side of rice or on top of a salad.


Start by combining the rice vinegar, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, minced garlic, maple syrup and sriracha sauce in a small sauce pan.
Place the pan over medium heat, thoroughly mixing the sauce.

When it starts to boil, remove from heat and set aside.


Preheat your broiler.


Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
Pour 2 tbsp olive oil over the pieces and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Really rub the salt and pepper into the chicken pieces, don’t half ass this.


Thread a few pieces onto each skewer, leaving about a inch at the base so you can still grip the skewer.
Place the speared skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Brush both sides of each skewer with the sauce mixture.
You might want to consider wrapping the bottom of the skewers with additional tin foil before you place them in the oven.
The heat from the broiler will smoke the wood a little but the smell will pass if you chose not to.


Place the baking tray in the broiler and broil for 5 mins or until the side up begins to brown.
Then turn the skewers over, brush the side up with more of the sauce and place back in the broiler until that side is equally browned/slightly charred.

Remove from oven.

If you still have some sauce remaining, brush the rest on top of the skewers.


Serve on their own or with a side of jasmine rice.
Stick with chicken breasts for this one folks, they won’t dry out, I promise.

There’s still plenty of time to satisfy that new-year-new-you resolution BS that you made at the beginning of the year.

73 thoughts on “Spicy Chicken Kebabs

  1. I had NO IDEA that a “real” chicken looked different than the crappy supermarket stuff. I mean, I guess I knew but I didn’t realllly know. Makes sense since the farmer’s market f&v are also wildly different from the suped-up stuff you buy at the store.

    These pictures are so gorgeous, real chicken or fake chicken, you could make it look amazing. Is your counter top marble or do you just have a slab of marble hanging around that you use? I need to know!

      1. Dude –
        Ok if you’re reading this comment right now, do me a favor – go over to Liz’s blog, just click on her name (not her picture) and check out her blog.

        Then come back and tell me her shit isn’t already on motherfucking point.

        Go ahead. My first meeting isn’t until 1pm today.
        I’ll wait.

  2. You made me laugh with your chicken and the KFC adds. I don’t have TV but I would probably be shocked to see those adds (here in France, I’ve been told there are thousands of adds for various pharmaceutical products… no wonder the French are the biggest consumers of *drugs* in the world). My butcher actually buys chickens, and then cuts some of them up to sell pieces separately. His breasts (hum, those of the chicken) are tiny compared to supermarket ready-to-cook breasts in plastic boxes, which are super tiny compared to the gigantic ones I saw the last time I was in the USA (I mean, it was over ten years ago, and I still remember). I’m glad real chicken is still available though 😉

    1. Darya girl, it’s incredible how ‘large’ the food we used to eat in the early 90s has gotten vs. the shit we buy now.
      If the french are the biggest consumers of drugs, I’d venture to say Americans might be the biggest consumers of unhealthy food.

      But you already knew that, didn’t you 🙂

  3. Oh yea ‘real chicken’ is definitely way smaller AND tastier than the supermarket stuff we buy. I only noticed that when I moved to the UK. The difference was shocking….
    By the way I love kebabs and these look yum! yes to spice:)


  4. Ah makes me shudder, one of the many reasons I started eating more of a plant based diet. The food is just all crap these days. They think we want to be lied to, people who don’t do their research are buying what they think is real food only to find out later when they have certain health problems that their body is being pumped full of chemicals.

  5. I remember reading a book once where they did lab tests on KFC original recipe chicken to find out what the secret 11 herbs and spices were. These were the “11” herbs and spices:



  6. These look so damn good Dana, you totally nailed it.
    We ditched our cable TV a few years ago and now we watch mostly US stations that don’t have Canadian commercials over the US ones, I find that the ads for meds are so annoying and like your observation for KFC, they play the same ads over and over again. It’s really annoying.

    1. You can’t escape them!
      I was getting my nails done yesterday and – yup – there it was again.

      Anywhooo, thanks babe, these were really yummy and cooked so easily.
      I’m finishing the rest of them off during lunch today, heehee

  7. Yum. I’ve been making spiced baked chicken at home lately too! In the form of nibbles though which are like nature’s skewers. Ha!

    I have had the cruelest craving for KFC this winter. I know, I shouldn’t and I know I’ll regret it but I think it’s been about 6 months or so and I think I could live with that guilt once or twice a year.

    Hormones in chicken and egg production was banned over 30 years ago here in New Zealand and we don’t import raw poultry either. Consumers everywhere should be demanding the same. Hormones are not necessary for poultry production. Not at all. We have big chickens and these are through selective breeding. No reason why the US couldn’t do the same.

    Since I’ve never had to think about hormones, what I care about these days are free range chickens. I want to eat chickens that have seen daylight. Have had dust baths and felt breeze in their feathers. I only buy free range chicken and eggs these days. Is free range a weird and novel concept over in the US?

    1. Dude – 100% agree with you on this.
      You see how fucking long it took for them to ban MSG in this country right?
      And i’m not even sure it’s all the way implemented in our food system.

      Free range is becoming pretty popular over here. It’s how ‘organic’ food producers make themselves stand out even more, “free-range eggs’.
      It works too. I always buy that shit.
      But then on the other hand, knowing how insidious commercial marketing here is, ‘free-range’ could also mean that they’re let outside to roam for an hour a day.
      Technically they’re still considered ‘free-range’.

      O’ country my country…

  8. Do people actually still eat at KFC anymore?

    But…why? I don’t…I don’t understand.

    Your kebabs look WONDERFUL btw. Keep the great posts coming 🙂

    1. I’d venture to say they do but now that I think about it maybe not because they HAVE up’ed their ad game lately.
      Maybe because folks are eating there as much? Or maybe they just really love giving away a 3 piece meal for $5, i don’t knoowwwwwwww!

      😀 ❤

  9. I think KFC is starting to use “natural” chicken now, haha! Love this recipe – I’m gonna try it without the skewers, although flipping them midway might be a b*tch.


    1. Oh really?
      I wonder if their customers will be able to notice the difference.
      I’m also curious if they’ll address what sort of ‘un-natural’ chicken they’ve been using all this time.
      You think they’ll address it?


      And if you don’t want to use skewers, maybe consider putting them on a baking tray with a slightly elevated rack. Just grease down the rack thoroughly beforehand so they don’t stick to it when they’re done 🙂

  10. First of all, I had to eat my dinner before thinking about reading this post. Haha. These posts always make my mouth water. Second, your comment had me laughing out loud. I mean really LOL. “…Breasts bigger than the cast of Real Housewives and Jersey Shore.” Hahaha. Anyway, thank you for educating people about real chicken. I really miss the days when I really knew what I was eating. *sigh*

  11. I know what you mean Dana, but I’ve been on a fried chicken kick lately! Must be all of those years of eating chicken breast. 😕 Those kebabs look delish and great for a summer gathering, minus the fried chicken. 😄

    1. Hahaha!!
      I feel you girl! Do you make your own fried chicken?
      I’m curious what spice combination you use now that Matt’s (^statomattic ^) got me thinking about KFC’s 11 herbs and spices lol

  12. When I was sixteen, (light years ago) my friends and I were eating KFC and one of my friends ‘wrung it out’ and the fat and the oil that dripped out was gut wrenching. I never ate it again. End of story. Your chicken however, looks well edible.

  13. I try to get my chicken from a store called Fresh Market. Their chicken is supposed to be all natural antibiotic free chicken. It makes me feel better about buying not to mention on Tuesdays you can get whole boneless chicken breasts for $2.99/lb! I pinned this recipe. I’ve never used fish sauce before (blush).

  14. I haven’t had KFC in years…like maybe 20? (guess I’m ‘showing’ my age lol)!! So glad to hear I’ve made the right decision haha! Your kebabs are ART! Pure and simple….

  15. Omg, you make me laugh sometimes. Out here it’s so easy to find free range chicken but then again I do live in prairies. However, I have to say as a Canadian, those Popeye commercials make me laugh. We don’t have them out here and I’ve never been to one but I know for damn sure Popeye’s kitchens do not look like that! lol I mean really, who are you trying to fool. Come on now!
    Anyhow, these kebabs look delicious and I love that its quick and easy 🙂

    xo, jackie

  16. Love it – especially the Matrix stare thing. And of course the chicken kebabs look totally amazing. I am so having that for dinner on Thursday. If I was home I would go out with a chopper right now … but lucky for the chickens I am away so I will have to wait for Thursday to make it!

  17. Errrr, wait a minute: you go to the gym everyday, oooooOH Child.
    Love chicken so this recipe is like bounty from the gods.
    Your chicken story is hysterical, I love the idea of likening the puffed up ones to DHousewives…thats the world we live in sadly, everything gotta be larger and faker than life…
    Ps have you noticed any difference in how I look: what could it be? New hair, changed my glasses, erm I HAVE A NEEEW BLOOOOG:

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