Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers

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These Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers are so simple to make, with chicken breast or thigh and just a few marinade ingredients. Grill them on the Ninja Woodfire Grill for incredible flavor, incredibly fast!

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chicken skewers on a plate
Ninja woodfire grill chicken skewers

It’s time to get out that new Ninja Woodfire Grill you just got and cook up some delicious chicken skewers. Whether you use the marinade or not, this is one of the most simple grill recipes you can find!

Summertime, autumn, or anytime really – when you’re craving something quick, flavorful, and perfectly grilled, these Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers are perfect.

Infused with an aromatic blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, these skewers offer an incredibly savory taste with just the right amount of char from the grill. The touch of sesame seeds brings a delightful texture, making this recipe a true celebration of flavors and sensations.

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for chicken skewers

To prepare these delectable chicken skewers, you will need:

  • Boneless chicken breasts or thighs – I think chicken thighs are the best option here, but you can even mix and match. The thigh meat will be slightly more juicy because it doesn’t tend to dry out as easily on the grill.
  • Soy Sauce – Use low-sodium for more control over the level of salt in the sauce.
  • Sesame Oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ground Black Pepper – Feel free to adjust the amount of black pepper to suit your preference
  • Sesame Seeds – For garnish

Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

For this recipe, I used my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill, which is a new offering from the kitchen appliance brand that makes our beloved favorites, the Ninja MaxXL Air Fryer and the Ninja Creami. The Woodfire Grill is a portable outdoor grill with 7 functions: grill, smoke, air fry, bake, roast, broil, and dehydrate.

ninja woodfire grill

Why I Like It

  • It imparts an amazing amount of woodfire flavor into the food with just 1/2 cup of pellets.
  • It’s incredibly fast and efficient.
  • It cooks faster and with more smoker flavor than my full-size smoker – by far.
  • There’s no guessing, especially with the built-in temperature probe available on the Pro version.
  • The food comes out with a perfect crispy or seared exterior that’s both gorgeous and super tasty.
  • It’s very portable and can be set up anywhere on a sturdy surface with a power outlet nearby.

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chicken skewers

Should You Use the Woodfire Technology?

This is a very fast-cooking recipe. It takes just 5 minutes to cook these chicken skewers on the Woodfire Grill. For that reason, it’s not all that useful to employ the woodfire technology. It will take longer to ignite the pellets than it will to cook the chicken. So I suggest sticking with the grill option without smoke.

If you do choose to use smoke, for chicken, fruit wood pellets like apple or cherry offer a slightly sweet, mild flavor that complements the chicken beautifully without overpowering it. Hickory and mesquite can also work well if you prefer a more robust, smoky flavor.

How to Make Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers

Cut the chicken into 1/4” slices.

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and ground black pepper in a bowl or sealable plastic bag.

Place the chicken slices in the bowl or bag, seal it, and marinate in the sauce for 2 hours.

marinating the chicken

After marination, thread the chicken slices onto skewers.

Preheat the Ninja Woodfire Grill to 400°F, either with or without the woodfire technology.

uncooked chicken skewers on the grill

Once preheated, place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

chicken skewers on the grill

Remove the skewers from the grill and garnish with sesame seeds before serving.

Tips & Extras

  • Should you have leftovers, which we doubt due to the irresistibility of these skewers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • It’s best to use 6″ wooden skewers for this recipe. They fit nicely on the grill and won’t scratch the surface of the grill. It’s not necessary to soak the skewers ahead of time because there’s no direct flame.
chicken skewers on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I skip the marinade and use a dry rub instead?

Absolutely! While we love the flavor of this marinade, you don’t have to use it. You can use just salt and pepper to season the chicken, or go with a dry rub. Or you can baste on BBQ sauce at the end of cooking.

Can I marinate the chicken longer than 2 hours?

Yes, you can marinate the chicken up to 24 hours. The longer it marinates, the more flavor it will absorb. However, do not exceed 24 hours as the acidity of the marinade can start to change the texture of the chicken.

Can I make these skewers without a Ninja Woodfire Grill?

You can make these skewers on any grill. Just make sure to preheat your grill and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

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Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers

These Ninja Woodfire Grill Chicken Skewers are so simple to make, with chicken breast or thigh and just a few marinade ingredients. Grill them on the Ninja Woodfire Grill for incredible flavor, incredibly fast!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) ginger grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into 1/4” slices.
  • Mix together the sauce ingredients in a sealable plastic bag.
  • Place the chicken in the bag and marinate in the sauce for 2 hours.
  • Thread the chicken slices onto skewers.
  • Preheat the Ninja Woodfire Grill to 400°F (with or without woodfire technology).
  • When preheating is finished, place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Remove from the grill and serve with sesame seeds as garnish.

Equipment Needed

  • Woodfire grill
  • Wood pellets cherry or pecan

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg

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