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Bang Bang Chicken Skewers Inspired – Healthier Version

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Hey, today I’m going to share a chicken recipe inspired by Bang Bang Chicken Skewers. These skewers are a delightful twist on the classic with a healthier spin thanks to the air fryer. Plus, I’m swapping out mayo for mustard in the sauce, adding a unique touch. I promise this sauce is super addictive, and you can also use it for dipping and dressing. 

They are delicious and easy to make. So, let’s get cooking!

Ingredients You’ll Need

For the Chicken:

  • 3 chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 small chicken breast, cubed 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 ½ tbsp chili paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tsp cream (to cut the tanginess from the mustard)
Bang Bang Chicken Skewers Sauce Ingredients

Instructions

  • Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, combine cubed chicken thighs and breasts. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Toss to ensure the chicken is evenly coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes for the best flavor.
  • Skewer the Chicken: Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto skewers. Make sure to alternate between thighs and breasts.
  • First Round of Cooking: Place the skewers in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 450°F for 15 minutes.
  • Butter Baste: After 15 minutes, brush the chicken with a layer of melted butter to keep it moist. Flip the skewers and cook for another 8 minutes.
  • Mix the Sauce: In a small bowl, combine mustard, sriracha, chili paste, honey, and cream. Stir until well combined.
  • Coat and Serve: Once the chicken skewers are done, brush them with the bang bang sauce. Serve immediately with extra sauce on the side for dipping.
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Tips to make perfect bang bang chicken skewers

  • Marinate Longer: If you have time, let the chicken marinate for a few hours or overnight for better flavor.
  • Skewer Options: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent burning.
  • If you’re aiming for juicier chicken skewers, opting for chicken thighs is the way to go.

The traditional bang bang sauce uses mayo, but

I’m using mustard instead. Mayo or mayonnaise is delicious, but it’s also high in calories and fats. But mustard is lower in calories and gives a tangy punch without the extra fat. Plus, it has a tanginess that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of honey and the heat from sriracha and chili paste. This creates a balanced sauce that’s spicy, sweet, and tangy all at once. I highly recommend you give this sauce a try. 

Of course, if you love the classic Bang Bang sauce, you can always experiment by mixing a small amount of mayo with mustard to find your perfect balance.

Why add cream to the sauce? 

Adding cream helps mellow out the tanginess of the mustard, creating a more balanced sauce that’s still flavorful but not overwhelmingly sharp. The cream also helps thin out  the sauce to adhere better to the chicken skewers. 

Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

What to pair with Bang Bang Chicken Skewers?

My go-to option is always white rice or brown rice paired with roasted broccoli.

You can also pair it with creamy mashed potatoes with a crunchy coleslaw 

Asian-Inspired Sides

  1. Fried Rice: you can go with simple fried rice. Here are a recipe you can check out. 
  2. Stir-Fried Vegetables: A mix of stir-fried vegetables like bell peppers, snap peas, and carrots in a light soy sauce glaze is a perfect option.
  3. Noodles: Lo mein or sesame noodles are great options that complement the chicken skewers well. 

Low-Carb and Keto-Friendly Sides

  1. Cauliflower Rice: For a low-carb option, cauliflower rice is an excellent choice. It’s light, fluffy, and pairs well with the bang bang chicken skewers.
  2. Zucchini Noodles: Zoodles or zucchini noodles tossed in a light garlic and olive oil sauce make for a refreshing and healthy side dish.

There you have it. These bang bang chicken skewers are perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue. If you give this recipe a try, and let me know how it turns out in the comments. Happy cooking everyone!


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