Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bang Bang Chicken Skewers

I don't often put the word "favorite" in front of foods because I am constantly trying new things, and therefore my favorites are constantly changing. However, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is my favorite recipe I've made this summer, and possibly this year. I am a huge fan of bang bang shrimp. I go to Bonefish Grill a couple times a year and I solely go for that appetizer (well, and the bread.. they have good bread!) When I saw this healthier version I was intrigued. Grilled chicken, veggies, and nothing deep fried? Hmm... I was interested. I had it on my mind for a few weeks, but then Sarah made it and I knew it was destined to happen. I can't say enough about this. There's something about the smokey grill flavor with the spicy and creamy bang bang sauce that is just to die for. I served this with a simple cous cous and it was truly an amazing dinner.

Source: Slightly adapted from Taste of Home Cooking

3/4 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch half moons
Olive oil, a few tablespoons for drizzling
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha, or more to taste

1- Soak wooden skewers for 30 minutes before using or you can also use metal skewers coated in cooking spray.
2- Thread the chicken, red bell pepper and zucchini onto the skewers (keep each thing separate since they have different cooking times). Drizzle the chicken and veggies with oil, then season with salt and pepper.
3- Whisk together the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, and sriracha. Set aside.
4- Pre-heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Add the skewers. Cook the veggies for 6-8 minutes, or until tender, and the chicken 10-12 minutes, or until the meat registers at 165-170 degrees. During the last minute of cooking, brush the chicken and veggies with the sauce on all sides. Once it's done grilling, brush the remaining sauce over the chicken and veggies.
5- Remove the skewers from the grill and let rest a few minutes. Remove the chicken and veggies from the skewers before eating. 


  1. Oh man, now I need to add these to next week's meal plan. They were so good. I'm glad you tried them. I love that they're grilled rather than fried. Makes me feel better about eating it. :)

  2. We made these last night and I upped the sirracha to one tablespoon because we like things spicy. It was REALLY good!