Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers

Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers (grill and oven methods listed) via @TheBeeroness

I have two very distinct sides to my personality, dueling forces that pull me in opposing directions with near cartoon ideation. Although Devil and Angel would be easier to deal with, mine are more Old Lady and Free Spirited Gypsy. As much as I would like to tell you that Gypsy wins the battles, it’s Old Lady that tends to run the show.

A few years ago Gypsy got ahold of the controls and decided to buy a motorcycle. Paying penance to Old Lady, I singed up for a Motorcycle Riders Training Course. It was a three day crash course (pun intended) in how to ride a motorcycle without killing yourself. I also allowed the Old Lady side of me to buy the safest helmet and motorcycle jacket with amor I could find.

Jackie on Triumph

The first day of class I was equal parts nervous and intimidated, as I noticed I was the only novice in the group and one of the youngest. Most were crotch rocket guys wanting to “blast the Crest” as soon as possible. The only other girl was a woman who wanted to learn to ride so she could bike cross-country with her partner for their 20 year anniversary.

No one talked to me. Really, no one talked. We were all a bit insular trying to figure out how to learn not to kill ourselves, drowning in the Dead People Smeared On The Road stories told by the ex-bike cop who taught the class. On the final day of class we met early in the morning in a parking lot in Long Beach just as it started to rain. A little drizzle that scares the crap out of most of Los Angeles. We were given the opportunity to come back on a non-rainy day but collectively decided, with a series of sideways glances and nods, that we would all stay and ride like Bad Ass SoCal People in the very lightly drizzle.

The final segment of the day was an obstacle course through the gigantic empty parking lot.  Trying to make sure I was at least in the top half of the pack, time wise, I set out a bit faster than I should have. As I rounded the first curve, set over a large white arrow painted on the pavement of the parking lot, my bike slipped out from under me and began to skid along the wet ground as I tumbled in the opposite direction. Ex-bike cop was visibly relieved to see that I was fine and address the issue with the group by saying, “I think now is a really good time to tell everyone that paint on the pavement gets really slippery when it rains.”

To which I responded, “No, ten minutes ago would have been a really good time to say that. At this point, it’s pretty obvious.”

Sometimes, when you are so immeshed in an activity, you don’t think to state what’s really obvious to you, like ex-bike cop and the paint. For me, it’s this chicken. Maybe you’ve noticed that I tend to lean away from that popular Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast that we all grew up with. Mostly because it’s so often dry and flavorless. If you favor that cut, try the boneless skinless chicken thigh filets, so much more flavor and they can take some serious heat before they dry out. Chicken thighs are a bit of secret ingredient when it comes to chicken dishes, making you favorite chicken breast recipe taste at least 30 percent better if you use the thighs instead. They do take a bit longer to cook, but it’s completely worth it.

Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers (grill or oven method listed) via @TheBeeroness

And that was the only time I ever dumped a bike. At least so far.

Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers


  • 2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane (or minced)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup porter or stout beer
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots (about 1 medium shallot)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into cubes
  • oil for the grill
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, honey, porter, red pepper flakes, mustard, soy sauce and pepper. Add the chicken cubes, refrigerate for 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • Remove the chicken from marinade (reserve the marinade) thread the chicken through wooden skewers.
  • In a pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Sautee until shallots have softened, about 5 minutes. Add marinade and boil, stirring frequently, until reduced and thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Grill directions:
  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Brush the grill lightly with oil.
  • Brush the chicken with the glaze, place on the grill. Brush with glaze and turn every 2-4 minutes until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.
  • Oven directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 400. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Brush liberally with glaze. Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes, brushing with glaze every 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.


*Use metal skewers made for the grill, or soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to use. The best way to do that is to place wooden skewers on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with water and place a heavy plate on top of the skewers to submerge. *Glaze will thicken as it cools. If it becomes too thick to brush, heat slightly to thin.


I also use this micropalne (affiliate link) all the time. Perfect for grating garlic in seconds, much easier than mincing with a knife.

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Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers (grill or oven method listed) via @TheBeeroness

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79 Responses to Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers

  1. Tieghan July 12, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! You are one cool chick. I loved your motorcycle adventure you just took us on. Sorry to you you fell and very happy to hear you are ok! But honestly Jackie, You are so darn cool. Beer, motorcycles and gorgeous food and writing skills! Multi talented!

    Ok and I love the sweet glazed chicken!! Look so good! Honey is am amazing glaze and flavor. yuM!

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe July 12, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I love your snarky reply, totally warranted.

    Completely agree on using thighs rather than the breasts. I’ve almost given up on chicken breasts in my house, they rarely make an appearance anymore. These skewers sound so sticky sweet and delicious!

  3. Valerie July 12, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I’m an idiosyncratic mix of cynic, hippie, & hipster. I doubt that either of them would be brave enough to ride a motorcycle! That’s quite awesome. Hopefully the skid didn’t tarnish any future free riding (is that what it’s called?). :D

    These chicken skewers are gorge!! I don’t know the first thing about cooking poultry, so the tip about breasts v thighs is kind of mind blowing!

  4. addie | culicurious July 12, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    That’s a pretty scary motorcycle story! But at least you’re OK! :)

    And I am with you on chicken thighs – YUMMMM!! When I was at my mom’s in June she deep-fried them. The best chicken “fingers” I’d ever had! So moist and juicy.

    I love your sweet/savory grilled version here too!

  5. ashley - baker by nature July 12, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    You’re so bad ass, Jackie. And I adore you for it. But ya, I have the old lady in me too haha. I think it’s a good thing ;)

    P.S. Pass the skewers please! These look amazing!

  6. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I’m sorry but I did laugh out loud at the visual of you assing the asphalt. Glad you made it back up, seriously!! Are you still riding and I’m jealous!!

  7. Amy Tong July 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    These Honey Porter Glazed Chicken Skewers look so juicy and flavorful. What a great way to enjoy chicken!

  8. Vincent July 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Nice Bonnie, do you still ride? SoCal is a rider’s paradise, it’s always riding season.

    It’s a toss up what I miss more since I moved back east: the riding, the food, or the beer scene.

    Right now it’s the food – I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

    • Jackie July 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Not as much as I’d like. That Triumph has a really high center of gravity, which doesn’t make it ideal for the Crest or Mulholland. And I sort of ride like an old man on a Harley on his way to Sturgis

  9. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    You crack me up. and these look PERFECT.

  10. Julie @ Table for Two July 13, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    i showed this to jason last night and his eyes went wide and i think he drooled a bit…i had a similar reaction when i saw these and man, they’re ridiculously amazing looking! i love the flavors you incorporated in this!

  11. BizzyBlonde July 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Did a test run of this on my family tonite, after a week of other test recipes prepping for a beach weekend with good friends. This recipe won, hands down—my family (all, men, mind you) were licking their fingers, plates, skewers, and not sharing even a morsel with our adorable Golden Retriever.
    Perfect recipe, perfect results, and fabulous flavor. YUM

    • Jackie July 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      That’s great! I’m so glad. I really liked that recipe too, I’m glad you did as well.

  12. Elizabeth July 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Made these tonight and they were amazingly good. Great recipe!!

    • Jackie July 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      Oh good! So glad you liked this too :)

  13. dishing up the dirt July 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    You are a badass!!!! Loved reading this post! I have a gypsy soul battling with my old lady soul all the time. This post really hit home. And heck yeah, chicken thighs are the way to go if you are cooking the bird!

  14. Bree (Skinny Mommy) July 15, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Beer and motorcycles? You are infinitely cool my friend! These skewers look pretty fabulous too…

  15. Melanie Brennan July 15, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    OMG, I love your analogy of Old Lady…Gypsy. I am so glad other people suffer from this. My husband is very conservative and just shakes his head at me sometimes..lol..Although I do have to say the motorcycle would be my extreme. I would love to learn how to ride one though. Will be putting your chicken on the menu and checking back for your further adventures.

  16. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl July 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Honey Glazed? Oh my, yes please! These skewers look amazing!

  17. Denise McCord July 16, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Cool story! I also ride and I too laid down my bike in the training class while trying to make a turn for the 1st time! I have been riding for 13 years now & have worked my way up to a Harley softail. The recipe looks great will definitely have to try it! Ride safe!

  18. esther July 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    hI. These look delicious!! Can I skip out the porter?

    • Jackie July 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      I wouldn’t recommend it. You can try a substitution of soy sauce, but I can’t say that will turn out as I’ve never done it.

  19. Rachel @ yourtablecloth.com July 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I love your blog thanks

  20. Cathy July 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Great blog post, thoroughly enjoyed the journey you took us on and reminded us of our time in LA.
    I’m in Australia and would love to make these wings, but need to know what porter is!?
    Thanks heaps.

    • Jackie July 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Porter is a dark beer, very much like a Stout :)

  21. Justine July 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I made this amazing recipe tonight but used an IPA instead of a porter….according to my hubby, it was ‘restaurant quality.’ Thank you for such an amazing recipe!! It’s going into my frequently used recipes :)

    • Jackie July 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Great! So glad you liked this.

  22. David Crichton July 27, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Hi Jackie,

    I’m so impressed with your use of ale. So unique, yet utterly delicious.

    I think I’ll need to have these on the BBQ before our summer disappears.


    • Jackie July 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you Dave

  23. John July 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Excellent recipe…used it with beef, halloumi and vegetables instead of chicken and it turned out wonderful. Vegetarian in attendances loved how the sweet glaze complemented the salty cheese

    • Jackie July 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

      That sounds fantastic, love that veggie/meat/cheese combo

  24. Nicol July 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    I found your recipe Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken Skewers on pinterest.. (I was notified that the pin was removed this morning. I understand there were copyright issues) ..and it led me to your wonderful blog. I will be watching you from now on. I am not a beer drinker but I like to cook with it.. so this should be fun. I am also a huge fan of anything cooked on the grill.

    • Jackie July 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Nicol! I have no idea who made that complaint, but it was not me! I’m thrilled when my content is pinned, please, pin away!

      • Jemelene July 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        I’m glad you don’t mind. I’m going to repin!

        • Jemelene July 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

          Make that Re-Repin ;-)

          • Jackie July 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

            Thank you so much! I’m still trying to figure out what happened, thank you so much for understanding the confusion.

  25. John Masters July 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    You say to not be selfish and to share on facebook, pinterest and twitter, even providing links/icons for us to do so and when we do, the pins are removed from pinterest because you complained of copyright violation!!! All we were doing was what you asked us to do, we were promoting your website…………..free advertising. Unreal loooooooooooool

    • Jackie July 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      I did not report anyone, but I have received several emails that people have been getting a message from pinterest that a pin from my site was removed. It did not come from me, I absolutely appreciate it when people pin. Someone else reported that pin as SPAM, it was not me. Please, pin away, you always have my permission.

  26. Tommie July 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Pinterest notified me this pin was deleted to this recipe. I would think you would love the traffic to your site. So sorry to have offended you by pinning this to Pinterest. I won’t be back to look for ideas.

    • Jackie July 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      I DID NOT report the pin. Pinterest made a mistake, I would never ask them to remove pins. I have been trying all day to deal with hate mail and nasty comments and trying to get it worked out. I told Pinterest never to remove any pins that lead to to my site and hope they listen. I never made any such report, pinterest is mistaken. But as a result I’m still dealing with nasty comments and emails all day.

      So sorry for the inconvenience, but it was not caused by me, but by pinterest.

      • Susan July 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

        I am SO glad to hear that you were not the cause of the pin being removed. I was so puzzled as to why a blogger would not enjoy and appreciate the extra exposure. I always take the time to make sure my pins link back to the original post. After it was removed the first time, I came to your blog, read the terms of use to be sure I was following the rules, re-pinned and again it was removed. I’ve pinned this recipe for the third time and I am hoping it sticks this time. Thanks for sharing.

        • Jackie July 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

          Thank you so much. Still trying to figure out what happened and have had to resort to tweeting because Pinterest won’t respond. I have no idea why they think I want the pin removed and have asked them to add me to a “Never Remove My Pins” list, if such a thing exists.

  27. Beau July 30, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I’m giving this marinade a try tomorrow, though I’m going to smoke whole thighs after letting them marinade all day. Can’t wait to give it a go as none of your other recipes have led the Mrs. and I astray!

    • Jackie July 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Wow, that sounds awesome! please, let me know how it goes.

  28. kelly October 12, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Love your site!! So happy to have discovered you~ironically through pinterest
    :-) hope you got it all worked out!

  29. kathy barth January 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I made these chicken skewers for dinner using the oven method. Very good. I follow directions for the marinade/glaze……. it cooked down but did not really thicken….but it still was delicious. My brother loves chicken thighs, so this recipe was a big hit with him.

  30. Rachel Cooks February 1, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    These are calling my name big time!

  31. pamela February 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I was always told that if you use raw meat in your marinade then you were NEVER to make a glaze out it due to bacteria from the raw meat (chicken) Is this not true????? It sounds absolutely wonderful so I really want to try it!!!

    • Jackie February 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Because you’ll be cooking the glaze at a boil for 8 minutes, all bacteria will be killed.

  32. Lisa March 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Just tried these tonight with chicken breast (all I had in the house) and it was a HUGE hit! Not dry at all probably because small pieces cook so quick. Husband kept saying “mmmm”, “mmmm” throughout the meal and said I could make this again anytime!!!! Thanks so much for this keeper! :)

  33. Paula - bell'alimento April 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Could you be any cooler? And yes thighs all the WAY!

  34. Kristi May 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Has anyone tried these in the crockpot?

  35. Ashley May 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Made these for dinner tonight I was disappointed case my sauce didn’t turn out… Not sure why I did everything I was to do. But even with. Out the sauce they were great and I will forsure make them again. Any ideas why my sauce didn’t turn out??

    Thank you stuffed family

    • Jackie May 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      What do you mean it didn’t turn out? What happened?

      • ASHELY May 27, 2014 at 10:48 am #

        I let it sit over night when I went to reduce the marinade I put it in the sauce pan boiled it wouldn’t thicken it got clumpy all most like foam. we boiled it awhile longer and nothing happened. im going to try it again and see what happens.

        I used a Guinness beer and followed the ingredients.

        it was still great everyone ate it.

        • Jackie May 27, 2014 at 11:42 am #

          If it’s really cold it needs to boil for longer. Sometimes it can take up to 10 minutes. But I’m glad it was still good!

  36. Lisa A June 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Just made these for the 2nd time in 2 weeks – it combines flavors that I love with grilling (which means my hsuband cooks and I can relax a little lol). These are fabulous. We used whatever beer we had in the house – first time it was a Sam Adams, this time we had a Saranac Ginger IPA which I think will be really delicious with the soy sauce…. Thanks for posting! This will definitely be a go to for us.

  37. suzi June 18, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    cant believe your mc story – almost mine to a tee… old lady vs gypse too! I even layed bike down in class and left before getting my license, but got it afterwards – have to try chicken just because…LOL

  38. Sylvain July 18, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I try the recipe yesterday and it was very good.Thank you
    Your photos are beautiful, they stimulate

  39. Mamahoot August 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    made for dinner tonight and they were excellent. Thank you for sharin.

  40. Cristina August 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Wow, this was delicious. My family loved it. My husband who’s a beer snob loved it and was licking his fingers. My 11 year old son didn’t say a word and was in love. Thank you for a great recipe. I pinned this months ago from Pinterest but just now tried it. You did not disappoint.

    • Jackie August 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      thank you so much!


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