Chicken Skewers, San Francisco-Style with Asian Slaw

Recipe submitted by Kally Mavromatis.

Chicken Skewers, San Francisco-Style with Asian Slaw

This recipe illustrates the influence of the Pacific Rim on San Franciscan cuisine. Here, we've marinated cubes of boneless chicken breasts in an Asian-style marinade, then thread them onto skewers with snow peas and cherry tomatoes. After grilling, serve over our slaw, a crunchy mix of cabbage, bean sprouts and daikon (Japanese radish).



  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons sesame sauce
  • 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 36 fresh snow peas (about 6 ounces)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds)

Asian Slaw

  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup shredded daikon radish


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted


Chicken and Marinade

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Remove and discard any visible fat from the chicken. Rinse and pat dry.
  3. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. If using wooden rather than metal skewers, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
  4. Light a grill, or preheat the broiler.
  5. Blanch the snow peas in boiling water and cover for 1 minute. Drain. Thread the chicken cubes, snow peas and cherry tomatoes onto the 4 skewers.
  6. Grill over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve hot over a bed of crunchy Asian slaw.

Asian Slaw and Dressing

  1. In a large bowl, combine the red and green cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts and radish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Drizzle over the slaw and lightly toss.
  4. Serve at once as a bed for the grilled chicken skewers.

Each chicken skewer and Asian slaw recipe produces 4 servings.

Baker's Tip: Hoisin sauce is a sweet, spicy sauce sold in the Asian food section of most large supermarkets and Asian markets. You can substitute tomato-based chili sauce with good results.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Chicken Skewers

  • 240 calories (41% calories from fat)
  • 11 g total fat (1 g saturated fat)
  • 23 g protein
  • 1,114 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g dietary fiber
  • 220 mg sodium
  • 665 mg potassium

Asian Slaw

  • 80 calories (50% from fat)
  • 4.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat)
  • 3 g protein
  • 10 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g dietary fiber
  • 10 mg cholesterol
  • 39 mg sodium
  • 265 mg potassium