Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

Try our Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers! Looking for a delicious and simple keto meal? This dish combines the spicy, tangy flavors of traditional Bang Bang sauce with juicy, tender chicken. It’s perfect for anyone following a low carb diet.

This recipe is low in carbs and high in protein. Plus, these skewers are incredibly versatile and can be cooked either on the grill, in the air fryer, or in the oven.

The best part? They’re also quick and easy to make. Get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering, keto-friendly recipe!

Why High-Fat, Low-Carb Recipes Are Essential?

High-fat, low-carb recipes are critical for maintaining keto levels low. When carbohydrate intake is minimized, the body’s glycogen stores become depleted. This forces the body to turn to fat for energy. Consuming adequate amounts of healthy fats ensures that your body remains in ketosis. Recipes like our Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers provide the necessary fats while keeping carbs low, making it easy to stay on track.

Benefits of a Keto Diet for Health and Weight Loss

Keto can help stabilize blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. Moreover, a high-fat diet promotes satiety while reducing cravings and helping you feel full longer. All these factors make the keto diet an effective, healthy way to lose weight and maintain well-being.

Ingredients Needed for Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

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To make our delicious Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs: Cut into 1-inch pieces. Thighs are juicy and flavorful, perfect for skewers.
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil: Adds a subtle richness and helps the seasonings stick to the chicken.
  • 1 tsp paprika: Provides a mild, sweet peppery flavor and a vibrant color.
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper: Brings a unique mildly spicy flavor and a hint of saltiness.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder: Enhances the savory taste with a bit of pungency.
  • 1 tsp black pepper: Add just the right amount of heat and depth.
  • 1/2 tsp salt: Balances the flavors and enhances the overall taste of the dish.

For the Bang Bang Sauce

This versatile dipping sauce elevates almost any protein you make. It is creamy and spicy with the bold flavors of garlic and chili sauce.

  • 1 ½ cup mayonnaise: Creates a creamy base for the sauce. Adjust the quantity as needed.
  • 2/3 cup Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce: Adds robust spiciness and a hint of sweetness, ideal for a keto-friendly version.
  • ¼ cup Sriracha: Infuses additional heat, making the sauce flavorful and dynamic. Adjust based on your desired spice level.
  • Sugar substitute: Use your preferred low-carb sweetener to balance out the heat and tanginess. We recommend using 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener, depending on your taste.

Note: Our recipe makes approximately 3 cups of sauce, so you’ll have extra for dipping or saving for other meals!

Cooking Tools and Equipment

To prepare our Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers, you’ll need a few essential tools and equipment to make the cooking process smooth and enjoyable. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowls: For marinating the chicken and mixing the Bang Bang sauce.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: To ensure accurate measurements of ingredients.
  • Skewers: Wooden or metal, depending on your preference. If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them.
  • Tongs: Helpful for flipping the skewers during cooking.
  • Grill, air fryer, or oven: Choose your preferred cooking method. Each provides delicious results.
  • Baking sheet: If using the oven, place the skewers on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Brush: To evenly coat the chicken with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Digital thermometer: Ensures that the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F for safe consumption.

Having these tools and equipment ready will help you create a delightful and stress-free cooking experience. Get ready to enjoy your flavorful Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers!

Cooking Instructions

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Ready to make some delicious Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers? Follow these simple steps for a tasty meal:

Marinate the Chicken

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken pieces, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, Aleppo pepper, and salt. Toss until the chicken is evenly coated. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes to absorb the flavors.

Prepare the Skewers

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers, ensuring they are spaced out evenly.

Preheat the Cooking Device

  • Grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cook the Skewers

  • Grill: Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally until the chicken is fully cooked and charred.
  • Air Fryer: Arrange the skewers in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 15-18 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Oven: Place the skewers on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Make the Bang Bang Sauce: While the chicken is cooking, combine mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, Sriracha, and sugar substitute in a bowl. Mix thoroughly until smooth.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Once the chicken skewers are cooked, remove them from the heat and let them rest for a few minutes. Serve with the Bang Bang sauce on the side or drizzled on top. Enjoy your flavorful Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers!

These cooking instructions are designed to make the process easy and fun. Get ready to savor a delicious meal!

Making the Keto Bang Bang Sauce

Creating the perfect Keto Bang Bang Sauce is easy and ensures you have a delicious, versatile condiment. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making it:

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup mayonnaise: Ensure you use a low-carb option to keep the sauce keto-friendly.
  • 2/3 cup Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce: This will add a robust spiciness and a hint of sweetness.
  • ¼ cup Sriracha: Add an extra layer of heat to the sauce. Feel free to adjust the amount based on your spice preference.
  • Sugar substitute: We recommend 1-2 tablespoons of your preferred low-carb sweetener to balance the heat and tanginess.
  1. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, and Sriracha.
  2. Add Sweetener: Gradually add your sugar substitute, starting with 1 tablespoon. Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness to your liking.
  3. Mix Thoroughly: Use a whisk or spoon to mix all the ingredients until smooth and well incorporated.
  4. Adjusting Consistency: If you prefer a thinner sauce, add a small amount of water or lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Taste Test: Give your sauce a final taste. Adjust the sweetness, heat, or tanginess as needed by adding more sugar substitute, Sriracha, or even a pinch of salt.
  6. Store: Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. The sauce can be stored for up to a week, making it a great option for meal prep.

Making your own Keto Bang Bang Sauce allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to suit your palate. It’s the perfect accompaniment to our Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers and countless other dishes!

Assembly of Chicken Skewers

Assembling your Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers is a straightforward process that enhances both the presentation and flavor of your dish. Follow these simple steps to ensure your skewers are perfectly prepared for cooking:

  1. Soak the Skewers: If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken. This prevents them from burning during the cooking process.
  2. Thread the Chicken: Once the chicken has marinated and absorbed all the delicious flavors, it’s time to thread them onto the skewers. Take a skewer and carefully thread 4-5 pieces of marinated chicken onto it, leaving a bit of space between each piece. This ensures even cooking and allows the heat to circulate around each piece.
  3. Balance the Skewers: Make sure the chicken pieces are evenly spaced and balanced on the skewer. Avoid overcrowding, as this could lead to uneven cooking and a less desirable texture.
  4. Prepare for Cooking: Place your assembled skewers on a clean plate or tray. If you are using a grill, air fryer, or oven, ensure they are preheated to the appropriate temperature as mentioned in the cooking instructions.
  5. Oil the Skewers (Optional): If desired, lightly brush the assembled skewers with olive oil. This can help in achieving a nice char and preventing the chicken from sticking to the grill or other cooking surfaces.
  6. Ready to Cook: Now that your skewers are assembled and prepped, they are ready to be cooked according to your chosen method—whether it’s grilling, air frying, or baking in the oven.

Proper assembly of your Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers ensures they cook evenly, resulting in a deliciously charred exterior and succulent interior. Enjoy the process and anticipate the mouthwatering flavors you’ll soon savor!

Serving Suggestions

keto bang bang grilled chicken skewers with cucumber salad

Perfectly cooked Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers deserve equally delicious accompaniments. Here are some serving suggestions to make your meal complete:

  • Zucchini Noodles: Serve the chicken skewers over a bed of zucchini noodles lightly tossed in olive oil and garlic. This low-carb alternative to pasta adds a fresh and light element to your meal.
  • Cauliflower Rice: Pair the skewers with cauliflower rice seasoned with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This simple side dish enhances the flavors of the chicken without adding unnecessary carbs.
  • Mixed Greens Salad: A mixed greens salad with a tangy vinaigrette complements the rich flavors of the Bang Bang sauce. Add ingredients like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado for added nutrition and texture.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Grilled bell peppers, zucchini, and onions not only add a burst of color to your plate but also bring a smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the chicken skewers.
  • Dipping Sauces: While the Bang Bang sauce is fantastic on its own, you can also provide a variety of dipping sauces like ranch, a lemon-tahini dip, or a herbed yogurt sauce to add diversity to your meal.

Experiment with these serving suggestions or feel free to try regular Bang Bang Chicken Skewers.

Conclusion

Creating Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers is not only an enjoyable culinary adventure but also an excellent way to savor a delicious, low-carb meal. From mastering the tangy and spicy Keto Bang Bang Sauce to assembling and cooking the skewers to perfection, each step is designed to make the process easy and rewarding.

With versatile serving suggestions that include zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, and mixed greens salad, you can customize your dining experience to suit your tastes and nutritional goals.

Bon appétit!

keto bang bang chicken skewers on a plate

Keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

Our keto Bang Bang Chicken Skewers combine the spicy, tangy flavors of traditional Bang Bang sauce with juicy, tender chicken.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 Air fryer
  • 1 Electric Grill
  • wooden skewers
  • 1 baking sheet

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 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 allepo
  • ½ tsp salt

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 11/2 cup mayonnaise *more as needed
  • 2/3 cup Huy Fong Sauce Chili Garlic instead of (⅔ cup thai sweet chili sauce: this makes it too sweet for keto)
  • ¼ cup Sriracha (use less if less heat is desired)
  • Sugar substitute your choice

Instructions
 

  • Soak the wooden Skewers! Soak the skewers in water while you prepare everything, this helps to prevent them from burning.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cubed chicken thighs, oil and seasonings. Toss to evenly coat the chicken well.
  • Working one skewer at a time, thread the chunks of chicken until about 1/2- 3/4 of the skewer is filled.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Huy Fong chili garlic sauce (Not Thai sweet chili sauce), or Sriracha, and sugar substitute. 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.

Put on 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..

Air Fryer

  • Add the skewers to the basket of your air fryer in a single layer. (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.

Bake in Oven

  • Add the skewers to a baking sheet. in a single layer. Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway. Chicken will be fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Notes

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
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