Quick and simple Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa. This homemade sweet-n-spicy chipotle honey BBQ sauce steals the show and makes these easy chicken skewers completely delicious. The side of salsa adds a crisp, salty bite with lots of fresh summer produce. All together this is the perfect weeknight dinner that comes together in no time and is great for summer grilling.

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Ok, one last grilling recipe for you guys before Memorial Day this weekend! I’m not sure about all of you, but I am really, really excited for summer this year. It’s been a long winter and a long spring. So I’m really looking forward to the summer days and nights ahead.

Summer vacations, weekend getaways, dinners cooked on the grill, and drinks on the deck. Yes, laidback-lowkey days…that’s what summer is all about! I think we’re all ready for that. So, with the summer slowly approaching I want to share a quick dinner with plenty of summer flavor and produce.

BBQ chicken was always something my dad made on busy nights in the summer. He’d thaw out some frozen chicken tenderloins and toss them with a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays (the family’s BBQ sauce of choice back in the days). Then he’d fire up the grill, toss on the chicken, and add a side of steamed rice. I don’t remember large varieties of vegetables being added, but asparagus and corn were the usual companions on the grill.

Done and done.

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I always think of saucy BBQ chicken as a summer food, which was really the inspiration behind these skewers.

I wanted to do a quick homemade BBQ sauce to add more flavor and ditch the extra ingredients that come along with the bottled stuff. Turns out that with just some pantry staples, you can have a sweet and spicy sauce that’s the easiest to throw together. And yes, so much better than the bottled stuff.

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The details

Start with the sauce. I mix together beer, ketchup, honey, chipotle chile, and a few others spices. Then I simmer everything together on the stove until the sauce thickens.

Super simple and quick to do.

When the sauce is ready, I toss some of it in with the cubed chicken. Then I thread the chicken onto the skewers just before grilling. I love using a skewer, but you could easily just grill up chicken pieces like my dad would often do!

Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

While the chicken is grilling, make that salsa

You all know me, I couldn’t just give you the chicken. I had to add some sauces and spreads too!

This salsa is the perfect balance of smoky, sweet, spicy, and salty. Grilling the jalapeño is key. It adds a layer of flavor that’s unexpected and delish. The feta adds a nice creamy, salty finish that I LOVE with the BBQ chicken.

For serving, I whip a bit of avocado in a food processor with some lime juice. I then serve the chicken with the salsa, the whipped avocado, and some homemade french fries all on the side. So delish!

The easiest dinner, but one of those meals the entire family will love and so great for summer grilling. Easy, fun, and all-around good…that’s what summer dinners are all about!

Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other grilling recipes? Here are a few ideas:

Greek Salmon with Lemon Feta and Orzo Summer Salad

Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce

Tropical Jerk Grilled Chicken with Charred Mango Salsa Verde

Lastly, if you make these Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

BBQ Beer Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 382 kcal

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Ingredients

Corn and Feta Salsa

  • 1-2 jalapeños
  • 2 cups grilled or steamed corn
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • whipped or mashed avocado, for serving

Instructions

  • 1. In a pot, combine the beer, ketchup, honey, dijon, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium- high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, until thickened.
    2. Combine the chicken and about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce in a bowl, tossing to coat.
    3. Set your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat. Take skewers and thread the chicken pieces on. Grill the skewers until lightly charred and cooked through, turning them occasionally throughout cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes total. Alternately, you can roast the chicken at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
    4. At the same time, grill the jalapeño until lightly charred, then give it a rough chop and toss with the corn, cilantro, basil, chives, lime juice, lemon juice, and vinegar. Season with salt then toss with the feta.
    5. Serve the chicken with the salsa, whipped avocado, and fresh herbs all on the side.

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  1. Another great recipe from Half-Baked Harvest! I also made a side of cilantro-lime rice, but my daughter turned the whole thing into a “bowl” layering the rice, chicken, salsa, and avocado on top. It was so good. Just the right amount of kick!

  2. This is a great spicy sweet barbecue sauce! Husband loved it with the rest of the family saying too spicy. I am going to try it with pork chops. The corn salad was so delicious! Perfect timing with silver queen corn just coming in.
    Thank you!

    1. Hey Kimberly,
      Love to hear this! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  3. 4 stars
    You have chives listed in the instructions but not in the ingredient list. I went ahead and added the chives to the salsa. The salsa was too tangy for our tastes, with the lemon, lime and vinegar. Otherwise yummy!

    1. Hey Christine,
      Love to hear this! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  4. Hi Tieghan,
    I had a couple of questions about the marinade. The recipe states to use 1/2 of the marinade for marinating the chicken. Is the other half for basting the chicken while grilling?
    Also, how long should the chicken be marinating before grilling?
    Thanks,
    Maria

    1. Hey Maria,
      You can use the other half of the marinade for basting the chicken, dipping when eating, or save for another batch, it’s really up to you. I would let the chicken marinate for at least 15 minutes or longer if you have the time. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you. Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  5. The BBQ sauce is delicious!
    I cooked the sauce for 15 minutes and it did thicken, however, I would like it to be thicker. Can you advise on the best way to thicken it?

    1. Hey Paulette,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! You can try adding cornstarch to help thicken. Have a wonderful day:) xTieghan

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