spicy chicken skewers with silan (date honey) dipping sauce. spicy chicken skewers with silan (date honey) dipping sauce. Israeli Kitchen These spicy chicken skewers are paired with silan (date honey) dipping sauce. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Spicy chicken skewers with silan sauce

An appetizing entrée of spicy chicken skewers with a sweet date-based dipping sauce.

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes

Silan sauce is made from dates, and comes in a variety of flavors. In this recipe, I paired spicy chicken skewers with the grilled version of silan, for an outstanding combination. The chicken gets its hot kick from Spanish paprika and a flavorful mustard coating, and its looks from the adorable curly skewers that make everything look gourmet.

These chicken skewers make great party appetizers, and can be served warm or at room temperature.


  • 2 pounds chicken cutlets
  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon hot Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon or brown mustard
  • For sauce:

  • 1 cup silan (date honey)
  • 1-2 teaspoon grilling spice


Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pound cutlets to achieve even thickness. Cut with chicken scissors into approximately 3” long, 1” wide strips.

Toss chicken pieces in small bowl with mayo and mustard.

In medium bowl, mix bread crumbs with seasonings.

Slide chicken strips onto wooden skewers, creating an ‘S’ shape.

Dip into bread crumbs to coat completely, and then place on parchment paper.

Bake 15-17 minutes. Do not overbake by even a minute or chicken will be dry. Test for doneness by slicing into one of the chicken skewers – it should be white and juicy, with no hint of pink.

For the silan sauce, I found a bottle at a local market, but for those who can't find it, simply mix date honey and grilling spice.

Silan sauceThe silan dipping sauce for the skewers is uniquely sweet and perfectly paired with spicy chicken skewers. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

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