Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers! These bites of heaven on a skewer are full of flavor. If you love butter, parmesan, and garlic these skewers are for you. They are perfect for picky eaters and gourmet lovers alike.

They are super versatile. So, feel free to dress them up for a fancy party snack, or tone them down for a cozy family dinner. Either way, they are super delicious. At the heart of these mouth-watering skewers are garlic and parmesan- the perfect duo that promises to deliver a rich, savory punch with every bite.

Get ready to fall in love with this delectable treat!

Detailed Ingredients List for Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers

First off, gather your ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make that magic happen:

  • Chicken: Grab 2 pounds of either breast or thighs. A combination of the two also works fine. Make sure to dice them into bite-sized pieces. for that perfect nugget shape. Whether you go for the leaner breast or the juicer thighs, you’re in for a treat.
  • Wooden Skewers: You’ll need 8 of these. They’re your ticket to skewer greatness, ensuring even cooking and easy handling. Don’t forget to soak the skewers well in water before adding your nuggets. This will prevent any unwanted fiery surprises.
  • Oil: 2 tablespoons to give your chicken that golden touch. It’s not just about cooking; it’s about achieving that glorious, crispy exterior.
  • Spices: Here’s where it gets exciting. You’ll sprinkle your chicken with a mix of ½ tsp Aleppo pepper, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp garlic powder. These spices join forces to create a flavorful explosion that’ll dance on your taste buds.

For the Butter Brushing Sauce

  • Butter: 2 tablespoons, melted. This is your base, ready to envelop your nuggets in a buttery hug.
  • Garlic: Freshness alert! With 1 tsp minced garlic, you’re adding an aromatic kick that’s hard to resist.
  • Parmesan Cheese: ¼ cup of this cheesy glory brings a salty, nutty touch that complements the garlic’s sharpness beautifully.
  • Seasonings: With ½ tsp pepper and ½ tsp pepper flakes, you’re adding just the right amount of spice to spark up the flavors.

Equipment Needed

Alright, before we jump into the fun part, make sure you have all the right tools to turn this culinary dream into reality. Here’s the rundown of what you’re going to need:

  • 1 Air Fryer: This kitchen wizard is going to give your chicken nuggets that irresistible crispiness without the mess of deep frying. It’s your best friend for achieving that perfect golden crust.
  • 1 Baking Pan: If you’re more of an oven aficionado, no worries. A baking pan will ensure your nuggets cook evenly and come out just as delicious.
  • 8 Wooden Skewers: These aren’t just sticks; they’re your ticket to evenly cooked, easy-to-handle chicken nuggets. Remember to soak them in water to avoid any accidental charred skewer situations.

Having these items ready sets you up for success. Each plays a crucial role in creating those mouth-watering Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers. You’re all set now, so let’s get cooking and create some magic in the kitchen!

Step-by-Step Preparation Instructions

steps to prepare garlic parmesan chicken skewers

Now, let’s prepare these irresistible Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers to your taste. However, this foolproof guide will also help you get them just right from the very first time.

1. Skewer Prep

First up, soak your 8 wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. This crucial step prevents them from burning in the oven or air fryer. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!

2. Marinate the Chicken

  • Take your 2 pounds of chicken, either breast or thighs and dice them into nugget-sized pieces. Uniform pieces really make this dish shine.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil over the chicken pieces. Then, season generously with ½ tsp Aleppo pepper, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp garlic powder. The secret here? Make sure each piece is evenly coated with this spice blend to guarantee a burst of flavor in every bite.

3. Skewer Time

  • After marinating, thread the chicken pieces onto your pre-soaked skewers. Aim to leave a small space between each piece. This not only ensures even cooking but also makes them look irresistibly appetizing.

4. Cooking Methods

  • Oven Baking: Place the skewered chicken on a baking rack over a baking pan. Pop them in a preheated oven at 350℉ (175℃). Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  • Air Fryer Magic: If you’re using an air fryer, cook the skewers at 390℉ for about 11 minutes. The air fryer brings out an incredible crunch that’s hard to achieve elsewhere.

5. Butter Brushing Sauce (The Final Touch)

  • While the chicken cooks, it’s time to create your butter-brushing sauce. Melt 4 tbsp of butter, then whisk in 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp pepper, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, and ½ tsp pepper flakes. This luscious sauce not only adds a layer of moisture but also infuses the nuggets with its rich, savory flavors.
  • Once the chicken is nearly done, brush them generously with this buttery concoction. Then, return to the oven or air fryer for a final crisp-up for about 2-3 minutes.

6. Serve and Enjoy

There you have it! Your Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers are ready to be devoured. Serve them hot, with a dipping sauce of your choice, for a meal that promises to be memorable.

seasoned garlic parmesan chicken on skewer

Tips for Optimal Flavor

  • Marinate Ahead: For an even deeper flavor, let the chicken marinate in the spice mixture for at least an hour before cooking.
  • Room Temperature: Bring the chicken to room temperature before cooking for more even crispiness.
  • Final Seasoning: After brushing with the butter sauce, give the skewers a quick final sprinkle of Parmesan for an extra cheesy finish.

By following these steps, you’re not just making garlic parmesan chicken skewers; you’re creating a culinary experience. Get ready for smiles all around the table!

Serving Suggestions

To make your Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers even more irresistible, consider these delectable serving suggestions for the ultimate dining experience:

  • Dipping Delights: Pair your skewers with a variety of dipping sauces. Classic marinara, creamy ranch, or a spicy aioli can elevate the flavors and provide a delightful contrast to the buttery, cheesy coating.
  • Garden Greens: Serve alongside a fresh green salad tossed with a light vinaigrette to cut through the richness of the nuggets. The crisp freshness of the salad complements the savory, crunchy chicken perfectly.
  • Garlic Parmesan Fries: For a decadent treat, accompany your skewers with homemade garlic Parmesan fries. The similarity in flavors creates a harmonious combo that’s hard to beat.
  • Vegetable Crudité: Offer a side of raw, sliced vegetables such as carrots, celery, and bell peppers for a crunchy, healthy counterpart to the meal.
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread: Double down on the garlic and cheese theme with slices of warm, buttery garlic bread as an irresistible side.

These serving suggestions are designed to make your Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers even more amazing. Surrounded by sides that complement their rich flavors and textures only makes these skewers better. So, whether you’re hosting a game day gathering, a family dinner, or simply indulging in a savory snack, these ideas will ensure your culinary creation shines.

Variations of the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers Recipe

For those who love to experiment with flavors or cater to different dietary needs, here are some exciting variations of the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers recipe to keep your kitchen adventures fresh.

1. Spicy Kick

If you’re a fan of heat, consider adding a more robust spice blend to your marinade. Incorporating chili powder, cayenne pepper, or even a dash of hot sauce into the butter-brushing sauce can turn up the heat and add an extra layer of flavor.

2. Vegan Twist

For a vegan-friendly version, use firm tofu or a plant-based chicken substitute in place of real chicken. Replace the butter in the sauce with a vegan alternative, and use nutritional yeast or a vegan Parmesan substitute to achieve that cheesy, savory profile.

3. BBQ Flavor

For a smoky barbecue twist, mix in some BBQ sauce with the butter sauce. This variation gives the nuggets a tangy, smoky flavor that’s perfect for summer gatherings or when you’re craving something a bit different.

4. Lemon Herb Variation

Inject a zesty, refreshing flavor by adding lemon zest and chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, or basil) to the marinade. Brush the skewers with a mix of lemon juice and melted butter before the final baking for a bright finish.

By exploring these variations, you can enjoy the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers in a multitude of ways, ensuring that each meal is as unique as it is delicious.

Conclusion

The versatility and universal appeal of Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers make them a perfect dish for any occasion. This recipe will help you master the art of creating delicious, savory chicken skewers as well as show you how to adapt the recipe to suit any taste preferences or dietary needs.

So, enjoy the cooking experience, experiment with the suggested variations, and don’t hesitate to put your twist on this beloved recipe.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers! These bites of heaven on a skewer are no ordinary nuggets. They are perfect for any meal.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 1 Air fryer
  • 1 baking pan
  • 8 wooden skewers

Ingredients
  

  • 8 wooden skewers
  • 2 pounds chicken breast or thighs diced
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Butter Brushing Sauce

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp pepper flakes

Instructions
 

Preheat oven 350℉

  • Soak your skewers in water for 30 minutes or more.
  • Dice your chicken into uniform nugget size. Season with spices.
  • Put nuggets on Skewers. Do not overcrowd. Cook in 350℉ oven on baking rack for 20 minutes. OR

Cook in Air Fryer

  • Cook at 390℉ for 11 minutes

Butter Sauce

  • Melt the butter. Add Minced garlic, garlic powder, black pepper, parmesan cheese, and pepper flakes.
  • Brush this on chicken and Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Estimates:
Servings: 8 skewers
Calories: 362
Keyword chicken, garlic parmesan chicken skewers

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