Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

  • Easy
  • 25 Minutes
  • 13 Ingredients
  • 7 Steps



19 g


6 g


35 g



Serving Size

125 g


  • Bamboo skewers soaked in water
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 10g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t like it very spicy)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 95g mayonnaise
  • 50g thai sweet chili sauce
  • 20g lime juice
  • 8g hot sauce
  • Parsley or cilantro to garnish


Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

BBQ skewers are among my favorite things to throw on a grill or barbecue. The charcoal and caramelization you get is unparalleled. However, I do not have a BBQ, and I know many of my clients don’t either, so my goal with this recipe was to come up with a way to get something similar using the air fryer instead!

This bang bang chicken is so good you will want to make it on repeat. It’s high protein, sweet, spicy, sticky and tangy. Feel free to change it up and do this with shrimp; it works just as well. I like to serve these over rice with a mango salsa on the side.

Recipe Notes:

  • *To make these on a grill: Grill over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, turning often or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Brush with half the sauce until it's gone, and the chicken is caramelized. Brush the remaining sauce on before serving.
  • **I like to keep the chicken and sauce recipes separate for easy weighing and tracking, but you can also take half the bang bang sauce and brush it on the skewers before cooking and then brush more on after cooking to add more flavor. If you do this, make sure to divide the sauce into two bowls, so you don’t cross-contaminate the one you will brush on post-cooking with the one you used on raw chicken.
  • The 125 serving size is for 115g chicken skewer and 10g bang bang sauce
  • If you need a lower-fat option, swap chicken thighs for breasts. The macros for this recipe were calculated with chicken thighs.
  • I recommend kewpie mayonnaise (but regular mayo will work, too) and Truff hot sauce. 

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  1. Check the length of your skewers to ensure they will fit into your air fryer, trim if needed, and soak them in water to prevent burning. You can do this while you are working on your chicken.
  2. Cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces and add them to a bowl.
  3. Add the olive oil and seasonings to the chicken and use your hands to incorporate everything.
  4. Place the chicken one piece at a time onto the skewers, filling them about ¾ of the way, or 6oz chicken per skewer if you want them identical.
  5. Place the skewers into a preheated air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway. Check that the temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees before removing and add time if needed.*
  6. While the chicken is cooking, work on the bang bang sauce. In a bowl add the ingredients listed for the sauce and stir well.**
  7. When the chicken is finished cooking you can brush the bang bang sauce over the top and garnish with parsley or cilantro.
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