Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers

The Best 5-Ingredient Chipotle BBQ Chicken SkewersSmoky zippy 5-Ingredient Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers that are so easy to make you’ll serve them all grill season…. And make them in the oven the rest of the year!

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The last few weeks, we’ve been brushing the snow off the grill in order to usher in the beginning of spring.

And by spring, I mean grill season.

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There are dishes we make that are a serious undertaking, and involve many ingredients. These dishes are a labor of love. Then there are dishes we make, that take no time at all, and offer a serious flavor-smack with only a handful of ingredients.

You can guess which dishes we make most often.

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Now that the weather is warming and grilling is enjoyable again, we’ve been grilling a 5-Ingredient wonder we call Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers.

These zingy juicy bbq chicken skewers are made with just 5 simple ingredients, one in particular, that makes all the difference!

Musselman’s Apple Butter.

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Our 5-Ingredient Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers include: Chicken, Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Chipotle Peppers and Musselman’s Apple Butter.

The skewers are laced with pieces of thick-cut bacon to keep the chicken juicy and flavorful on the grill. Then we bumped bbq sauce to another level, by pureeing it with sweet Musselman’s Apple Butter and chipotle peppers.

The apple butter provides depth and richness to the bbq sauce, while the chipotle peppers offer smoky heat.

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You might think grilling bacon is a bad idea… Please allow me to try to change your mind.

If grilled bacon makes you think of fiery flare ups and pork-fat burnt to a crisp, let’s talk about grilling temperatures. Some people are under the impression that a grill should always be heated to the highest temperature possible for quick cooking. However, my grill goes up to over 750 degrees F. Can you image what that would do to bacon? Or chicken, for that matter.

Lower temperature grilling offers you control and flexibility. Try heating your grill to only medium (350-450 degrees F) or even medium-low (around 300 degrees F) heat. This will allow you to cook the chicken all the way through, while crisping the edges of the bacon without flare ups.

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Your friends and family will go crazy over these Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers at your first neighborhood barbecue this spring. Fortunately for you, when they ask for the recipe you can count off the ingredients on one hand!

Don’t have a grill? You can also bake these grilled Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers. (See baking instructions below.)

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62 Responses to “Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers”

  1. Sammieposted March 9, 2015 at 6:55 am

    These chicken BBQ sqewers looks scrumptious. Nothing give the hope of warmer climes than getting the BBQ grill out! I may have to fiddle with the recipe if I can’t get Apple Butter here in the UK!! Yummy. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

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  2. Jenny Flakeposted March 9, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Love these flavors!! Simple dinner idea!

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  3. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Wow, this is making me so hungry!!!

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  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted March 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    These look soooo good! And I would never have thought to put bacon between the chicken pieces. Genius!! Now I’m dreaming of summer and grilling!

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  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

    More sunlight equals more grilling!! Can’t way to make these skewers!

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  6. Tieghanposted March 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

    These look so amazing!

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  7. Deborahposted March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I would have never thought to add apple butter – so brilliant!! I am a grill-aholic, and want to make these asap!

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  8. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted March 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Love those 5-ingredients!! These sound amazing, Sommer!

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  9. Naomiposted March 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    These are just awesome! On so ready for spring!

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  10. CHARLENEposted March 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Sounds absolutely perfect with the addition of bacon. But one question, is the center of the bacon cooked good that is between the chicken pieces? I am pretty fussy about bacon being crispy or well cooked. Maybe par-cook the bacon a bit?

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    • Sommer — March 9th, 2015 @ 9:30 am

      Hi Charlene! When you pack the chicken and bacon on the skewers tight like you see above, the bacon right around the wooden skewer is cooked through, but not as crispy as the edges. If you want crispy bacon all the way through, you can give the pieces more space on the skewers. However, I’d worry the bacon might fall off if you space them out too much.

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      • CHARLENE — March 9th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

        Thank you! I think the thick sliced, good quality bacon will make a difference too. Can’t wait to make it! :-)

  11. kim- Today's Creative Blogposted March 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I never thought to put bacon on my chicken skewers! Brilliant!

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  12. marlaposted March 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

    These chicken skewers look beyond amazing!

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  13. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I love everything about this! Must try it soon!!

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  14. Lizposted March 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    We finally lit the grill last night after months off! Your skewers sound perfect for our next go ’round!!!

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  15. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted March 9, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I love skewers. I automatically think it’s something special. Gad they look good.
    The idea of the little bacon dividers. OMG! I have to give you a star for that!

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  16. Heather Christoposted March 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    these look delicious SOmmer! my hubby would go nuts!

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  17. Nicoleposted March 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Wow! These look like the perfect spring and summertime dinner! That Sauce.

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  18. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeatposted March 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    These just look like summer! It’s definitely making me crave a good barbeque!

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  19. Gabyposted March 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Using bacon on these skewers is GENIUS!!! Great recipe!

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  20. Aggieposted March 10, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Oh these look so good! That sauce sounds incredible.

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  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 10, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I am so ready to return to our grilling-every-day routine! These skewers look awesome!

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  22. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted March 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I love how simple these are! They look fabulous!
    Makes me crave for summer. If I can just hold out a bit longer.
    Pinned.
    Have an amazing week!

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  23. Mariaposted March 10, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Josh will be making these for sure!

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  24. Christineposted March 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

    would really like to know what BBQ sauce was used, as a different could really change the outcome of the taste…….

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    • Sommer — March 10th, 2015 @ 11:38 am

      Hi Christine, We usually go with a local favorite or Stubbs BBQ Sauce.

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  25. Megan {Country cleaver}posted March 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I just want to sink my teeth into these skewers!! YUM!!

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  26. Amandaposted March 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my word! These skewers are rockin’ my world! Dying over here!!!

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  27. Danae @ Recipe Runnerposted March 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Meat on a stick is the best! I can’t wait for the snow to finally melt off our deck so I can fire up the grill and make these!

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  28. Charposted March 11, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I just saw these about 6:00 this morning and I am drooling ! These look delicious and I can’t wait to try these. Going to give this recipe to my son who will love these too ! I think par cooking the bacon is a good idea .

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  29. allisonposted March 11, 2015 at 6:17 am

    These definitely go under the “make again ” category. I tossed the chicken in the sauce before skewering, didn’t cram too much on to the skewer to allow the bacon to crisp ( almost tasted like candied bacon). Grilled them on medium high. I served them with a caesar salad.

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  30. Trudyposted March 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    This is seriously making my mouth water!! I love using canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They give so much flavour to recipes.

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  31. Caliposted March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    i’m allergic to onions so I cannot use chipotle peppers as the adobo sauce has onion in it. Any advice on an alternative for the recipe? This sounds amazing and I really want to try it. Thanks!

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    • Sommer — March 13th, 2015 @ 5:10 pm

      Hi Cali! Hmmm… I would try adding 1 teaspoon cumin and crushed red pepper to taste, to achieve a similar smokey heat. Although, make sure to check the ingredients on the BBQ Sauce as well. Some are made with onions. Let me know how they turn out!

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  32. Vivianaposted March 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    These look so good I can’t wait to try them. I’m always wondering though about the sides whenever I see a good recipe. What would you serve as a side with these?

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    • natasha — March 19th, 2015 @ 3:19 pm

      Loaded baked Potatoe or grilled Brussels sprouts and grilled asparagus

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  33. natashaposted March 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    These would also be great with bread and butter roast cut into chunks instead of the chicken and also add pineapple to it as well…mmm good

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  34. Anna Tposted April 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

    These are amazing! My husband and I made them tonight! Our grill was out of gas so we used our George Foreman which worked perfect! I love the mix of peppers and apple butter, sweet and spicy!!  This will be a new regular menu item for us! 

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  35. Kelleyposted May 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    These look amazing!!! We’re going to make them for my bday party this weekend.  Are these going to be too spicy for the kiddos?
    Thanks :)

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    • Sommer — May 5th, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

      Hi Kelley! They aren’t too spicy for my kids, but then they do like spicy food. You can use a little less sauce on the skewers for the kids to be safe. Let me know how they turn out! :)

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      • Kelley — May 12th, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

        WOW! They were a hit!!!
        We quadrupled the recipe for our party, but we only used 2 1/2 chipotle peppers because of the kids.
        And everyone loved them!
        Thanks so much for the recipe!

        • Sommer — May 13th, 2015 @ 6:55 am

          So glad to hear it! XOXO

      • Kelley — May 12th, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

        Sorry, I forgot to take a picture, but we were so excited to eat them, that I forgot:(

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  39. Siew Lengposted August 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Never heard of apple butter, much less get my hands on them! Is there a substitute for this ingredient? 

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    • Sommer — August 27th, 2015 @ 9:07 am

      Hi Siew! It’s like a thick smooth apple preserve. Where are you located? Maybe that will help me suggest a substitution…

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  40. Siew Lengposted August 28, 2015 at 6:06 am

    I live in Singapore. Im thinking maybe applesauce, or something more viscous, like orange marmalade?

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  41. Marlenaposted September 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Do you cut out the seeds or use the peppers straight from the can?

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    • Sommer — September 16th, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

      Hi Marlena, I use them straight out of the can! :)

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  49. Rhonda Cooperposted August 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Sommer, I live in Australia never heard of apple butter if available in Australia could you tell me where to buy it or a substitute please. Also the canned Chipotle peppers.  Thank you  Rhonda 

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  50. ronposted August 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    If cooking in the oven, what would be the times and temp?? 

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