BBQ Chicken Skewers (Gluten Free + Flavorful!)

These BBQ Chicken Skewers are the perfect summer meal! Grab some skewers, BBQ sauce, and your favorite BBQ side dish and let’s grill.

Chicken Skewers on a plate.

These BBQ chicken skewers are one of many grilled chicken recipes we have on FFF! They are flavored with the best dry rub for chicken and then wiped with delicious bbq sauce with amazing flavor!

What is in BBQ chicken skewers?

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast: A lean cut of meat from the chicken’s breast, free from bones and skin. This cut is tender when cooked right and serves as a blank canvas, readily taking on the flavors of seasonings and marinades.
  • Dry Rub for Chicken: A blend of dried spices and herbs specifically formulated to impart flavor to chicken. They help to season the meat and often provide a beautiful color and crust when grilled or smoked.
  • BBQ Sauce: BBQ sauce adds a tangy, sweet, and smoky flavor to dishes. Its sticky consistency is ideal for coating and caramelizing on grilled foods.
Raw chicken on skewers.

Substitutions & Variations

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast: You can substitute with boneless skinless chicken thighs. They are more tender and flavorful but might need a slightly longer grilling time depending on their thickness.

Dry Rub for Chicken: If you don’t have a specific chicken dry rub on hand, you can use our easy chicken dry rub or make a simple one using a combination of:

  • Paprika or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried oregano or thyme
  • Salt and pepper

Mix these spices in equal proportions or adjust according to your taste preference.

BBQ Sauce: If you don’t have store-bought BBQ sauce, you can use our amazingly simple homemade BBQ sauce.

Nonstick Cooking Spray for the Grill: If you don’t have a nonstick cooking spray, you can use a paper towel dipped in olive oil or vegetable oil to rub the grill grates. This will help prevent the chicken from sticking.

Wooden Skewers: If you don’t have wooden skewers, you can use metal skewers. If you are using wooden ones, remember to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling to prevent them from burning.

Raw chicken with spices on them.


What is the internal temperature needed for chicken?

The safe internal temperature for chicken is 165ºF.

What is the best BBQ sauce for chicken skewers?

We love our homemade bbq sauce! However, use whatever bbq sauce you prefer or have on hand.

Should I use metal or wooden skewers for this recipe?

Both skewers work just fine with these bbq chicken skewers. If you are using wooden skewers, you can use them dry, just know the may light on fire and char on the ends. If you have time, soak the wooden skewers in water for a couple of hours to avoid char.

If using metal skewers, just be cautious when flipping the skewers, the mental skewers will get very hot.

Grilled chicken skewers on a plate.


Before storing, ensure the skewers have cooled down to room temperature. You can choose to remove the chicken from the skewers to save storage space, or leave them on if you plan to reheat on the grill. Store the BBQ chicken skewers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freezer Directions

We recommend grilling chicken skewers and letting them cool completely before placing them in a freezer safe bag a placing them in the freezer.

To reheat them, just remove them from the freezer, let them thaw, and then reheat them in the microwave or in the oven at 325ºF for 15-20 minutes.

chicken skewers with pesto on a plate.

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Grilled skewers on plate next to bbq sauce and grilled corn.

Serving Suggestions

Throw these skewers on the grill next to easy grilled asparagus in foil, foil pack red potatoes, and even throw dessert on the grill for later! We love this foil pack peach crumble! A whole meal ready and you didn’t even have to mess up the kitchen!

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