Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

The Orange Teriyaki glaze on this chicken is so good that after his first bite my son asked if the recipe was going on the blog so he could make it again. It really transformed ordinary chicken in to better than finger licking good chicken. The fresh orange flavor really shines through the terikayi base.

The Orange Glaze recipe is part of the Crispy Orange Beef Skewers recipe in Matt Armendariz’s gorgeous, fun new cookbook On A Stick!, I’ll have to try the beef recipe next time I buy flank steak, but for our Memorial day picnic I decided to change it up. I switched the beef for chicken, grilled it and added a dash of red pepper to spice up the sweet orange glaze just a bit.

I served the Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs with Caprese on a Skewer and other fun stick food. Food on a stick is perfect for a picnic – easy to serve, easy to eat, and kabobs cook in such a short time it gives you more time to relax and enjoy yourself.

Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs


  • 6 bamboo or metal skewers
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Orange Teriyaki Glaze (recipe below)
  • Orange Teriyaki Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated or pressed
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Dash of red pepper


Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

If using bamboo skewers, soak in water 30 minutes. Prepare Orange Teriyaki Glaze and set aside. Thread chicken onto skewers.

Preheat grill to high heat and grease grates with oil.

Grill kabobs 2 - 3 minutes on all four sides. When the chicken is nearly done, reduce the heat of the grill and slather on the glaze. You want to be careful to let the glaze caramelize onto the chicken but not let it burn - rotate frequently and slather on more glaze after turning. Total cooking time should be about 15 minutes. You can slide the chicken cubes apart and check to see if it is done, or cook to 170º.

Orange Teriyaki Glaze

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, orange zest, and garlic and cook stirring occasionally, about two minutes. Add vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, marmalade, orange juice, honey and red pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

After it had cooked, I pureed it in the saucepan with my immersion blender so  there wouldn't be any large pieces of marmalade. You could also puree it in a blender or food processor.


Orange Teriyaki Glaze adapted from On A Stick!

Other fun reviews and great recipes from On a Stick! that you’ll enjoy:

Fudge Popsicles, Smitten Kitchen
Strawberry Trifle on a Stick, Recipe Girl
Pizza Skewers with Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce, Baked Bree
BLT Kebabs, Family Fresh Cooking
Coconut Shrimp (On a Stick!) with Mango Salsa, Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

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  1. says

    Orange Teriyaki Chicken sounds absolutely delicious…mmmm! I can’t wait to get back home and into food! Bookmarked, and hungrily so GF!

  2. says

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love fruity marinades for meats and love the orange, honey and soy combo. A great summer meal! Bookmarked! Oh I need to see this book!

  3. says

    those look insane! Absolutely perfect in everyway from the flavors to being perfectly grilled. um,, can you bring some over to my house:)

  4. says

    Oh, Barbara, those are some beautiful chicken kabobs. I was going to say ‘wow, would I love two of those with the caprese kabobs’, but you already did that for me..and with fruit too! I love food on a stick, and you made it beautiful. The kabob guys in the NYC food trucks should take a lesson from you! :)

  5. says

    You know when a kid (son especially) wants to have the recipe, it’s a complete winner. WTG Barbara! I’m sure the flavors of orange and teriyaki are a match made in heaven. I simply must try this too. Thanks for having this recipe on your blog :)

  6. says

    This looks the perfect mix of savory and sweet! It’s on our menu tonight – hoping it will bring some summer cheer to the cold / rain we’ve been getting. Thanks, Barbara.

  7. says

    I’m eating breakfast and I want one of these yummy looking kabobs now! I love orange, what a fun flavor combo. This is going on the menu soon.

  8. says

    I cannot wait to make this recipe Barbara – the orange/teriyaki combo sounds delicious! It’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend here, perfect for grilling chicken :)

  9. says

    The orange glaze sounds so good, kind of like Chinesse orange chicken, but a lot healthier:) I must try it. I even have the skewers already:)

  10. says

    Those look really good. I was just thinking the other day when I saw some kabobs with chicken and lots of veggies on the same stick how I felt worried to do that for the sake of getting raw chicken all over the veggies. I realize some of it would cook, but maybe not in all the nooks and crannies. This looks much better to just have a whole stick of just meat and do veggies separate.

  11. says

    Definitely a recipe I’ll be bookmarking to try soon. They look so very good I can almost smell the aroma from the grill.

  12. says

    I think teriyaki goes better with chicken than with beef so I’m glad to see you adapted it like you did. It certainly looks delicious and addictive…

  13. says

    These kabobs look tasty and grilled pineapple is a favorite of mine~ what is it about putting food on a stick that it makes it so much more fun eat? :)