Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers

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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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Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers

Yield: 4

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:16 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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Amazing grilled Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers (that can also be made in the oven!) These 5 ingredient BBQ Chicken Kebabs make a marvelous main dish!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 thick-cut bacon strips
  • 1 cup sweet bbq sauce
  • 2/3 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 2 chipotle peppers (canned in adobo sauce)


  1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium or medium-low heat. (Between 300-350 degrees F.) Cut the chicken breasts into 3/4 inch bite-sized pieces. Then cut the bacon into 3/4 inch strips. Alternate threading the chicken and bacon onto 8 skewers, leaving a bare handle on one end of each skewer. Sprinkle the chicken skewers with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the bbq sauce, Musselman’s Apple Butter and chipotle peppers in the blender. Puree until smooth.
  3. Grill the chicken skewers for 4 minutes per side. Then brush the skewers with the chipotle apple bbq sauce and grill another 3-4 minutes per side, until the edges of the bacon is crisp, but not burned. Serve warm.

OVEN DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Thread the skewers with chicken and bacon, then puree the bbq sauce as directed above. Lay the chicken skewers on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and brush well with the bbq sauce. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of the bacon are crispy.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4, Serving Size: 1/4th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 645 Calories
  • Total Fat: 24.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 149mg
  • Sodium: 1575mg
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 33.4g
  • Protein: 55.9g
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. All opinions are my own.

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69 comments on “Chipotle BBQ Chicken Skewers

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

    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

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

    Love these flavors!! Simple dinner idea!

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

    Wow, this is making me so hungry!!!

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

    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!

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

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

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

    These look so amazing!

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

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

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

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

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

    These are just awesome! On so ready for spring!

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

    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?

    • Sommerposted March 9, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

      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.

      • CHARLENEposted March 9, 2015 at 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 Reply

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

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

    These chicken skewers look beyond amazing!

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

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

    these look delicious SOmmer! my hubby would go nuts!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oh these look so good! That sauce sounds incredible.

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

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

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

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

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

    Josh will be making these for sure!

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

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

    • Sommerposted March 10, 2015 at 11:38 am Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

  28. allisonposted March 11, 2015 at 6:17 am Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
  29. Charposted March 11, 2015 at 5:45 am Reply

    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 .

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

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

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

    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!

    • Sommerposted March 13, 2015 at 5:10 pm Reply

      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!

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

    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?

    • natashaposted March 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm Reply

      Loaded baked Potatoe or grilled Brussels sprouts and grilled asparagus

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

    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

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

    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! 

    Rating: 5
  35. Kelleyposted May 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm Reply

    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 :)

    • Sommerposted May 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm Reply

      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! :)

      • Kelleyposted May 12, 2015 at 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!

      • Sommerposted May 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

        So glad to hear it! XOXO

      • Kelleyposted May 12, 2015 at 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 Reply

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

    • Sommerposted August 27, 2015 at 9:07 am Reply

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

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

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

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

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

    • Sommerposted September 16, 2015 at 11:46 pm Reply

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

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