Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

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Grilled or air fried spicy Bang Bang Chicken Skewers seasoned and slathered with sweet and tangy bang bang sauce and cooked until tender and caramelized.

You will love these perfectly cooked spicy chicken skewers. You can make them mild if needed or kick up the heat with a few extra ingredients.

Baking sheet with spicy bang bang chicken skewers and a bowl on the side with air fried chicken skewers.
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Why Make These Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

These spicy chicken skewers are a delight! They are sweet, creamy and spiced, make them mild or extra hot you get to decide the heat level.

You can air fry these bang bang chicken skewers or grill them! The grill adds a beautiful char and takes them over the top but I LOVE both cooking methods.

Enjoy these skewers as an appetizer or as a meal. You will also need to try my Healthy Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs, another great meal.

Ingredient Notes

Bowls and small plates on a counter with fresh ingredients all around it.

Chicken Thighs. boneless, skinless thighs are so forgiving on the grill and in the air fryer. They hold a lot of moisture. You can absolutely use chicken breasts if preferred.

Thai Chili Sauce. This sauce is sweet, vinegary and so great with savory foods. I buy mine in the international aisle at the grocery store.

Sriracha. This is another vinegary, spicy savory sauce found in the international aisle at the grocery store. You can use any brand. Use as much or as little as you prefer. I use it in so many recipes like Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice or Honey Sriracha Shrimp.

Mayonnaise. This gives the sauce a creamy flavor and keeps the chicken extra moist!

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card towards the bottom of this post. 

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

Mayonnaise. Use sour cream if needed!

Thai Chili Sauce. This can be omitted if needed, but I highly recommend it!

Skewers can be made in the oven, air fryer or on the grill.

Steps To Make Spicy Bang Bang Chicken

Steps to make bang bang chicken skewers on the grill or the air fryer on a baking sheet.

Step One. In a large bowl, combine the cubed chicken thighs, oil and seasonings. Toss to evenly coat the chicken (photo 1).

Step Two. Working one skewer at a time, thread the chunks of chicken until about 1/2- 3/4ths of the skewer is filled. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and lime juice. Mix well. This will make about 1.5 cups bang bang sauce.

Step Three. Pour half of the sauce into a separate bowl and set aside to use after the chicken has been cooked (for dipping and glazing!). Add the chicken skewers to a baking sheet (photo 3). Use the rest of the sauce to brush evenly over the chicken, be sure to get in between as well.

Grill with spicy chicken skewers on it with wooden sticks.

Step Five. For The Grill. Next, thread/pierce the seasoned chicken onto the skewers. Brush the skewers with one of the portioned sauces. Grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Additionally, turn the skewers often, continue to brush with sauce until it’s gone and the chicken is caramelized.

Step Six. For the Air Fryer: Add the skewers to the basket of your air fryer in a single layer. (Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may have to work in batches, or you may need to cut the sticked in half.) Air fry at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway. Chicken will be fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Next, transfer the skewers to a plate and drizzle or brush with the reserved bang bang sauce. Serve immediately.

Baking sheet with spicy bang bang chicken skewers and a bowl on the side with air fried chicken skewers.

Recipe FAQs

Are bang bang chicken skewers spicy?

They can be! But they can also be made very mild. Just skip the cayenne pepper, hot honey and use a little less sriracha.

Can Chicken Skewers Be made Ahead Of Time or Meal Prepped?

If you have any leftover chicken skewers, store the skewers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Additionally, you can make them ahead of time and reheat them in the oven, microwave, or in a skillet on the stovetop. Store the leftover reserved bang bang sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Because the chicken can get dry, brush it over the reheated chicken as needed.

Recipe Tips

  • Air fryers will vary! Be sure to check on the chicken halfway through the cook time and turn it.
  • Make plenty of bang bang sauce, it’s the BEST part!
  • Make these mild by omitting the cayenne pepper, hot honey and using less sriracha.
  • Soak the wooden Skewers! Soak the skewers in water while you prepare everything, this helps to prevent them from burning.

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Baking sheet with spicy bang bang chicken skewers and a bowl on the side with air fried chicken skewers.
5 from 8 votes

Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

Grilled or air fried spicy Bang Bang Chicken Skewers seasoned and slathered with sweet and tangy bang bang sauce and cooked to perfection
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • grill or air fryer
  • wooden skewers
  • baking sheet

Ingredients 

  • 1½-2 lbs chicken thighs, cubed into 1 inch pieces , *see notes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp hot honey , *see notes

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise , *more as needed
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • cup thai sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ cup Sriracha , *use less or more as desired for heat level

Instructions 

  •  In a large bowl, combine the cubed chicken thighs, oil and seasonings. Toss to evenly to coat the chicken well.
  • Working one skewer at a time, thread the chunks of chicken until about 1/2- 3/4ths of the skewer is filled. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and lime juice. Mix well. This will make about 1.5 cups bang bang sauce.
  • Pour half of the sauce into a separate bowl and set aside to use after the chicken has been cooked (for dipping and glazing!). Add the chicken skewers to a baking sheet. Use the rest of the sauce to brush evenly over the chicken, be sure to get in between as well. 
  • For The Grill. Thread the seasoned chicken onto the skewers. Brush the skewers with one of the portioned sauces. Grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Turn the skewers often, continue to brush with sauce until it's gone and the chicken is caramelized.
  • For the Air Fryer: Add the skewers to the basket of your air fryer in a single layer. (Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may have to work in batches.) Air fry at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway. Chicken will be fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Transfer the skewers to a plate and drizzle or brush with the reserved bang bang sauce and hot honey if using. Serve immediately.

Notes

*boneless, skinless breasts will also work well. 
*hot honey or regular honey will work, this is optional for an extra sweet, stick flavor, 
*Make these mild by omitting the cayenne pepper, hot honey and using less sriracha. 
Soak the wooden Skewers! Soak the skewers in water while you prepare everything, this helps to prevent them from burning. 
Reheat: The skewers can be reheated in an air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes, or just until warmed through. They can also be reheated in a microwave oven, but be careful not to overheat or the texture of the chicken can become tough and chewy. These skewers will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup of chicken | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 586
Keyword: 30 minute, Air Fryer
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were SO GOOD 😊 we loved them and will absolutely make again.

  2. 5 stars
    These were SO GOOD 😊 we loved them and will absolutely make again.

  3. These look delicious and really want to try but I can’t find OG Sriracha anywhere these days and not sure I can trust some of the ones I found on Amazon based on reviews. Any suggestions? My stomach is growling like crazy after seeing this post!! Thanks 😍🤤🔥

    1. Hi Erin! This is a great question, the OG is hard to find and I hear it’s not as tasty. I have tried the Sun Valley brand and it’s been great. I feel like the mayo and the chili sauce really blend well with it. I hope that helps!

  4. 5 stars
    Made tonight in air fryer. New to the air fryer so wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I’m vegetarian but my son liked it. I did taste a little of the sauce and it was good. Did not use skewers because they were splitting:-/ was afraid of wood slivers in the food. Made in two batches. Thanks for the recipe:-) very easy.

    1. I am so happy to hear your son enjoyed it! Thanks so much for letting me know. Happy eating 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Made these last night and came back to say that it was so freaking good! I just used boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of skewers and it was ridiculous. I will definitely make this again! The sauce is amazing too! Total hit!

  6. Hi! These look amazing! I didn’t see the cilantro in the recipe (just the picture) — is it just for garnish? Can’t wait to try these!

    1. Hi Claire! It’s just for a little garnish, parsley works too or you can leave it out all together. Enjoy!