Teriyaki Sesame Chicken Skewers

Total Time:
2 hr
30 min
1 hr
30 min

24 servings

  • 30 (8-inch) bamboo skewers
  • Marinade:
  • 15 ounces teriyaki sauce (no more than 2 grams sugar per serving)
  • 6 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 cantaloupe half filled with melon balls, optional

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour to keep from burning later.

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a non-reactive container large enough to hold all of the chicken. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch strips and submerge them in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Thread 1 chicken strip on each skewer towards end of the stick, and line up on a sheet pan. Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until fully cooked through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. Serve by sticking skewers straight out of the side of a cantaloupe half filled with melon balls, if desired.

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    Made it Gluten-free by substituting 2 cup Tamari and 1/4 cup sugar instead of teryaki and it was awesome!
    Kikoman now makes a GF teriaki sauce... and I love it ;)
    My family of 4 really enjoyed these. I loved the caramelized, "burnt" sections. Will be making these often.
    They were DELICIOUS! will make them again for sure! I marinated mine overnight, so glad I found this recipe
    Really delicious! As others recommended, I will use low sodium next time (I love salty foods, but my kids thought it a bit much. Serving over plain white rice helped. Oh, and I used regular sugar, added some onion chunks...and grilled them instead of using the oven. The lightly charred taste and grill marks made it even better! So glad to have found this recipe!!
    These have become my fave thing to make! The are so delicious and easy to make. The first time I made them, I used a cheap watery teriyaki sauce and they came out a little dry, but still delicious. Second time I used a thicker teriyaki sauce and they were perfect!
    Very good. Marinated it for over an hour and it was not too salty, just right and I don't like salty food.
    I made this for a party. It was a big hit. Everyone really loved the flavor of the chicken. I added pineapple instead of melon balls.
    These were so easy to make and they got RAVE reviews from everyone. I think they were gone within 10 minutes! I actually didn't try baking them in the oven as the recipe suggests. It was a gorgeous day, so I decided to grill them. That is totally the way to go because you get a great sear and have the grill lines with really packed in flavor. I saw a lot of people said "too salty" but I didn't think so. I used Kikkoman sauce (it's the only one I found with 2 sugars per serving.) I intend to make these again and again and again. Perfect and easy for a grilling appetizer.
    This recipe was so easy to make and it looks beautiful when it is done. The chicken came out tender and flavorful, it looked amazing when served.
    I served it in the cantaloupe like the recipe states & the kids thought it was a lot of fun to eat the chicken off the stick & the cute balls of melon. I made brown rice & spring rolls also. I also used the low sodium teriyaki. I should mention I thought I would have enough for 2 meals (I bought a bigger pack of thighs then the recipe called for and when I looked it was all gone! Next time I will triple the recipe.
    I made this recipe for a Memorial Day picnic. I didn't think I was going to have enough to take to the party because I kept eating it myself!! I read alot of the reviews before I made it and decided to marinate the chicken in low sodium marinade. I did place the skewers in a cantelope and it looked great Everybody loved it. As a matter of fact I'm marinating it for dinner tonite as I am writing this review!
    These tasted like restaurant quality! I have paid $4.50 for two or three skewers like this in Japanese restaurants. I am also sensitive to salt, but didn't have a problem with the result after using reduced sodium products. I accidentally left them in the marinade for two days and the flavor was fine, but they took only about 20 minutes for me.
    You really need to enjoy eating very salty foods in order to eat this. I marinated the chicken for 3 hours (way too long as it soaked up so much of the marinade it tasted like a salty disaster.) If I make it again, I will only marinate the chicken for an hour.
    Great recipe and amazing taste. I skipped the melon. I included a sweet and sour dipping sauce with mine. The family loved it and it will become a regular dish in our house.
    Who knew that healthy food could be so good, great robust flavors and simple to prepare. I modified it by using 4 lbs of boneless skinless breasts and I filled 8 skewers end to end, instead of 40 or so with only 1 piece on it. I didn't do the melon thing, but a melon or mango salsa would compliment this recipe very well. I marinated it for 2 hours and the family loved it! Its a keeper!
    I made this with pineapple fried rice. The chicken turned out a little salty for some reason. I think I'll get a low sodium teriyaki sauce to try next time. Either way, this will be made again :o)
    I've made chicken skewers before, this is by far the most delicious. It was easy to do and very moist and tasty. I made the teriyaki by scratch which I think helped make it even more delicious. This is a great accompaniment for a sushi/japanese dinner.
    This recipe should specify low or no sodium Teriyaki. Because otherwise you're in for quite an awakening!
    Absolutely delicious. I believe this recipe works best with Kikoman Teriyaki sauce
    i made an entire chinese meal for dinner for my family tonight. After 5 minutes, ALL of the teriyaki chicken was completely gone! it was soo good!
    Sold out at my house with three children. I made this into an entree by threading red bells and maui (Sweet) onions onto the skewers as well. Delicious!
    they were awesome, I also added cilantro on top for decoration!
    This is a great new way to eat chicken
    We loved this recipe. We didn't have Splenda so we just used a little less sugar. It turned out great!
    This dish is my boyfriends favorite and it is great because you can have most of the ingredients on hand so it is very convienent!
    We liked it, easy, can "tweak" easily for variations.
    I'm not usually big on teriyaki but this is absolutely delicious. I would definatly recommend marinating at least 3 hours.
    I loved the flavor of the chicken. I have been looking for a habachi typed marinade for my chicken and now I've found it!
    I made these for a wedding shower and they were a big hit. I am making them again for the wedding. Very Good
    This dish was very good. It was very easy and quick, and is going to become part of my regular rotation.
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