Filipino BBQ chicken skewers are one of my favorite things to eat. What a surprise. Haha. Filipino BBQ skewers are normally made with pork, but I wanted to see how it would turn out with chicken. It is fantastic and I honestly don’t know which protein I prefer more. I think it’s pork, but only by a small margin.

Not only is Filipino BBQ a popular street food, they’re also popular at Filipino gatherings. I can easily eat many skewers along with a side of rice.

Filipino BBQ Skewers

I was researching different Filipino BBQ recipes and it’s interesting how everyone does it their own way. Ingredients are almost identical, but all had their own spin to this delicious appetizer.

Of course these BBQ skewers are the best made on the grill. However, if you don’t feel like firing up that grill, you can throw them in the oven. Which is what I did for this recipe. Either way, this is super tasty.

Filipino BBQ Skewers

If you’re having a get together, I would definitely recommend making these BBQ skewers. Not only can they be made in huge batches, but they will be gobbled up and the talk of the party. They’re that damn good.

If you end up trying this recipe, let me know in the comments down below what route you went. Did you end up cooking them in the oven? Or did you end up grilling them?

Ciao for now!

Tips To Make Filipino BBQ Skewers

If you’re grilling, make sure to soak your bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes before adding the protein. This will help prevent the skewers from burning.

Before adding your chicken to the marinade, be sure to save some for basting during grilling.

Marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours. If I have the time, I keep it in the marinade for at least 24 hours. Nothing longer than that due to the pineapple juice.

I like to add Thai Chilies to the marinade. Add chilies based on what you can tolerate.

Instead of the ketchup, if you can get a hold of banana ketchup, that would be the better ingredient to use for the Filipino BBQ. I use ketchup because my husband is allergic to banana.

As you know, there are many lemon-lime sodas to choose from. 7-Up, Sprite, Sierra Mist, etc. I don’t think there’s a difference in what you use. Just use whichever lemon-lime soda you prefer.

Cooking the skewers in the oven yields great results. However, if I’m being honest, you should grill them. Trust me.

Filipino BBQ Skewers

Filipino BBQ

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Chicken, BBQ, BBQ Chicken, Filipino Heritage Month
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 888kcal


The Marinade

  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • 1 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Cup Ketchup * See Notes
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Sierra Mist * See Notes
  • Thai Chilies * See Notes

The Protein

  • 3 Pounds Chicken
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


  • Bamboo Skewers


Preparing the Marinade

  • In a large bowl, add garlic, soy sauce, pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, sugar, Sierra Mist (or whatever lemon-lime soda you are using), and Thai Chilies (If using) and mix well.
    Be sure to save some marinade for basting.

Prepping the Chicken

  • Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  • Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper on the chicken.
  • Mix well. Be sure to massage the salt and ground black pepper so that it's spread evenly on the chicken pieces.

Marinating the Chicken

  • Add chicken to the main bowl for marinating.
  • Cover and marinate for at least 4 hours.
    I recommend 24 hours if you have the time.

Preparing the Skewers

  • Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Add chicken to the skewers. I add about 5 to 6 pieces of meat per skewer.

Cooking the Skewers

  • If using the oven, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
    Flip and baste at 10 minutes.
  • If grilling, prepare grill as normal. Grill until cooked.
    Remember to flip and baste.
  • Serve hot with rice (or pancit) or enjoy alone.


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Calories: 888kcal | Carbohydrates: 133g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2299mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 116g | Vitamin A: 541IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg