Food Court Bourbon Chicken Skewers

You can find Bourbon Chicken at you nearest mall food court or asian takeout restaurant. Oddly enough, this dish does not taste like bourbon or have any bourbon in it. The name derives from Bourbon street in New Orleans where this chicken dish was invented. 

Bourbon chicken

Bourbon Chicken is similar to teriyaki since it’s sweet, sticky, and salty. There are a several different ingredients like  apple juice, vinegar, ketchup that make this taste distinctly different than teriyaki chicken. In my recipe, I will be using a bit of heat to balance out the sweetness, you course you can adjust the heat to your liking. 

Bourbon chicken

Why You’ll Love This Bourbon Chicken

Air Fried – If you’ve tried my viral Garlic Parmesan Skewers or my Hot Lemon Pepper Skewers, you know this recipe will take less than 30 minutes.

Extremely Tender – my method for packing on the chicken together on the skewer yields incredibly tender and juicy chicken. 

Versatile Cooking Methods – if you don’t have an air fryer, you can grill these skewers or roast them in the oven.

Everyone Adores This – bourbon chicken is sweet, sticky chicken with a kick of heat. There is nothing polarizing about the flavors so kids and adults alike will fall in love with these skewers.

Bourbon chicken

Key Ingredients

There are a bunch of pantry staples in this food court bourbon chicken recipe which makes the list of ingredients a bit less intimidating. Be sure to read my recipe card for the complete list but I’ll list the key ingredients below:

Chicken tenders – these are significantly more tender than breasts. Thighs can be used instead.

Apple juice, brown sugar – used to add a fruity sweetness to the sauce, making it addictive!

Apple cider vinegar – or rice wine vinegar to add some tang and offset the sweetness

Ketchup – to impart a kick of heat, I’ve used sriracha ketchup in this recipe. You can opt for traditional ketchup if you want to keep this dish mild.

Soy sauce – for the salty element

Fresh garlic and ginger – grated so they easily incorporate into the sauce.

How to Make Bourbon Chicken

You can pull this recipe together in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weekday meal. You may want to double the recipe for leftovers – it’ll be THAT good! If you’re using wooden skewers, be sure to get them soaking in water at least 30 minutes before you start dinner.

Step 1: Make the Sauce

In a saucepan over medium low, combine all of the sauce ingredients (except the cornstarch) and bring it to a low boil. Mix a slurry with the cornstarch and water then slowly drizzle it into the sauce as you whisk. Allow the sauce to thicken, then turn off the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Prep Chicken

While the sauce is cooling, cut chicken into 3″ pieces and get them into a zip-top bag or bowl. Add in 1/3 cup of sauce and work it into the chicken, being sure to coat all sides. Separate remaining sauce into the containers, one for basting uncooked chicken and one for basting cooked chicken and for drizzling (to prevent cross-contamination). Thread the chicken onto the skewers, packing them together. 

Step 3: Air Fry

Get the skewers, a few at a time, loaded into the air fryer and cook for 12-14 minutes total (or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees) flipping them and basting with sauce every 4 minutes until they are cooked through. 

Tools I Love

Ninja Air Fryer (BPA, PFOS-free)

Air Fryer Liners

Metal Air-Fryer Sized Skewers

Wooden Air-Fryer Sized Skewers

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I hope you enjoy this easy Air Fryer recipe for these better-than-food-court Bourbon Chicken Skewers. Be sure to comment below with any questions or feedback! If you make these or any other recipes, don’t forget to tag me on IG @BadBatchBaking to be featured on my story. Seeing your recreations makes my day!

Bourbon chicken
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5 from 1 vote

Food Court Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken is similar to teriyaki since it's sweet, sticky, and salty. There are a several different ingredients like apple juice, vinegar, ketchup that make this taste distinctly different than teriyaki chicken. In my recipe, I will be using a bit of heat to balance out the sweetness, you course you can adjust the heat to your liking. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Resting time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 large skewers
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders thighs or breasts work instead
  • 1 heaping teaspoon grated garlic clove
  • 1 heaping teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or Sriracha ketchup go easy on the red pepper flakes if using spicy ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch make a slurry by diluting in 1-2 teaspoons of water, whisk until smooth
  • sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium low, combine all of the sauce ingredients (except the cornstarch slurry). Bring it to a low boil.
  • Slowly drizzle the cornstarch into the sauce as you whisk. Allow the sauce to thicken, then turn off the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • While the sauce is cooling, cut chicken into 3" pieces and get them into a zip-top bag or bowl.
  • Add in 1/3 cup of cooled sauce and work it into the chicken, being sure to coat all sides.
  • Separate remaining sauce into the containers, one for basting uncooked chicken and one for basting cooked chicken and for drizzling (to prevent cross-contamination). 
  • Thread the chicken onto the skewers, packing them together. This recipe should make about 6 large skewers.
  • Get the skewers, a few at a time, loaded into the air fryer and cook for 12-15 minutes total (or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees) flipping them and basting with sauce every 4 minutes until they are cooked through.

Notes

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.
Your air-fryer may require pre-heating based on the model. My recipe does not include any pre-heat time.
Oven Preparation:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken skewers on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and cook for 14 minutes, flipping half way through and basting with the sauce a few times throughout the baking process. 
Switch the oven to broil and cook an additional 2 minutes so get the tops golden brown and the sauce gets bubbly. Remove from the oven and baste it one last time with the sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Grill Preparation: 
Preheat your grill to medium-high. Place the prepared skewers over direct heat and cook each side for 5-6 minutes each, basting with butter throughout the cooking process. 
Remove from the grill and baste it one last time with the sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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2 Comments

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    Teri
    September 8, 2023 at 10:52 pm Where is the burbon in this recipe. I've read every word over many times and I don't see anything about it in the actual recipe.

    5 stars

     
    • Reply
      badbatch
      September 21, 2023 at 1:39 am Hi Teri - it is actually named bourbon chicken after Bourbon Street in Louisiana. Bummer, right? haha.
       

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