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Chipotle Chicken Skewers

Points® value
Total Time
2 hr 40 min
30 min
10 min


Fresh orange juice

8 fl oz

Red chili sauce

½ cup(s)

Fresh lime juice

½ cup(s), about 6 limes


2 clove(s), large

Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

2 item(s), or more to taste

Ground cumin

1 tsp(s)

Kosher salt

1 pinch(es), plus extra for seasoning chicken (optional)

Black pepper

½ tsp(s), plus extra for seasoning chicken (optional)

Chili powder

½ tsp(s)

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

3 pound(s), cut into 1-inch pieces

Red onion

3 medium, cut through the root into sixths (you'll have two extra pieces onion to use elsewhere or add extra to two skewers)

Sesame seeds

1 tsp(s), toasted


1 tbsp(s), fresh, chopped

Fresh basil

1 tbsp(s), fresh, chopped


  1. To make the marinade, combine the orange juice, chili sauce, lime juice, garlic, chipotle chiles, cumin, salt, black pepper and chili powder in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper if you need to.
  2. To make the chicken, put the chicken into a 1-gallon zip-top bag, add ½ cup of the marinade, and massage to coat all the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Reserve the rest of the marinade.
  3. Preheat the broiler; if using a gas grill, preheat to medium.
  4. While the grill or broiler is heating up, slide 1 piece of onion onto each of 16 long skewers, followed by a few pieces of chicken. Continue until you’ve filled all the skewers. Arrange the skewers in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Season lightly with salt and pepper and brush with ¼ cup of the reserved marinade.
  5. Broil the chicken skewers, without turning them, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. If grilling, they will take 5 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and garnish with the sesame seeds, cilantro, and basil.
  6. Bring the remaining marinade to a boil in a small saucepan and serve with the skewers.
  7. Serving size: 2 skewers


CHIPOTLE CHICKEN SKEWERS is excerpted from MARCUS OFF DUTY © 2014 by Marcus Samuelsson. Reproduced by permission of Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Edited by Weight Watchers. All rights reserved.