Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers
Tender fall-apart chicken skewers are basted with a homemade garlic parmesan sauce throughout the cooking process and easily prepared in an air fryer.
- 2 lbs chicken tenders, thighs or breast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce
- 1 stick butter 8 tablespoons
- 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup parmesan, grated
- 1 tbsp hot sauce more if desired
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley, minced
- Chicken Seasonings
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Prep and Skewer Chicken
- Before you start, make sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- Start by combining your chicken seasoning mixture in a small bowl and set aside. Prep your chicken by cutting in 3" pieces. Place them in a large bowl or ziptop bag and toss in olive oil and the spices, coating well on all sides.
- Pack the chicken onto each skewer, making sure they are tightly packed with no space in between to ensure maximum juiciness. If needed, snip the top few inches of the skewers to fit in the air fryer after the chicken is skewered.
- Make the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce
- Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add minced garlic, red pepper flakes, hot sauce and parmesan. Whisk together until garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley, whisking to combine.
- Scoop out ⅓ of the sauce and use that for basting the par-cooked chicken. Reserve the remaining sauce for basting the cooked chicken so you don't cross contaminate. Be sure to wash your basting brush in between.
- Cook The Chicken
- Cook 2-3 skewers at a time. Place in an air fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove and flip the skewers, baste with sauce, return to cook an additional 2 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Flip them back, baste with more sauce and cook another 5-6 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Total cook time of 12-14 minutes. This time will vary based on your air fryer.
- Once they are finished cooking, hit them with a final pass of the garlic sauce (the clean reserved sauce) and sprinkle with some extra parmesan and serve.
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