What does kebab mean?

Kebab is a dish of cubes of meat and vegetables marinated and then roasted or grilled on a skewer. The origin of kebab is Middle Eastern cuisines but today many variants of kebab are popular around the world.

What is the difference between kebab, kabob and shish kebab?

Kebab and kabob are the same, just two different spellings of the general name of skewered meat dishes from Middle Eastern cuisine. Shish kebab, on the other hand, is also a skewered meat dish but it is usually lamb meat from Turkish cuisine.

Can I make chicken kebabs in the traditional oven?

Yes, you can make chicken kebabs in the traditional oven if you don’t have an air fryer or grill. To make chicken kebabs in the oven, you should preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and then cook them for 15-25 minutes depending on the size of the meat.

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asian sesame chicken kebabs air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan February 27, 2024
Asian Sesame Chicken Kebabs Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: Another delicious air fryer recipe of chicken breast marinated with Asian sesame. It is very easy and quick to make this recipe but please pay attention to the 1-hour marinating time needed for full flavor.

Tags: Air fryer chicken kebabs

Cuisine:Middle East
Cook Time:25 minutes
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 179

The taste of chicken breast is so plain per se that eating it often becomes boring at some point. However, marinating the chicken breast with different flavors perfectly alters its taste and yields a fresh pleasure to enjoy. Asian sesame marinade will exactly make so in this recipe. Moreover, it requires only 1 hour to be absorbed by the chicken breast which is almost nothing when compared to usual 4 to 6-hour marinating times needed for some other marinades. Let’s let the recipe talk!


  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce

  • 1/3 cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • ½ red onion, cut into chunks

  • Olive oil spray

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes and put in a large zipper bag.

  2. Add soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, orange juice, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger paste into the zipper bag, zip it and rub the seasoning well onto chicken pieces.

  3. Place the zipper bag in the refrigerator and let the chicken breasts marinate for 1 hour.

  4. After 1 hour, remove the zipper bag with chicken breasts from the refrigerator.

  5. Thread the chicken kebabs and onion chunks alternately onto 8 skewers and mist them with olive oil spray.

  6. Preheat the air fryer by selecting the “Chicken” function and adjusting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up.

  7. Open the air fryer and insert the oil drip tray at the lowest rack of it.

  8. Place two mash racks on next inserts and put the skewers on the racks and close the air fryer.

  9. Set the timer to 25 minutes. Once you press “Start/Pause” button, it will begin grilling.

  10. Cook until the chicken kebabs are golden brown. You should turn the skewers halfway through the cooking.

  11. Open the air fryer and remove the skewers onto a serving platter and let them rest for 10 minutes.

  12. Garnish them with sesame seeds and serve warm.

  13. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
7.3 grams
3.7 grams
2.1 grams
23.4 grams
780 milligrams

    You can serve chicken kebabs with rice, French fries, green salad or roasted vegetables such as cauliflower, squash broccoli, asparagus, carrots, green beans etc.