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Sweet Bourbon Chicken Skewers

A simple, easy and frequently requested chicken recipe! Cooked in 30 minutes, it can also be made with a big turkey breast, to feed the crowds!
Course Dinner / Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 -10 small skewers
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 1 large onion chopped (about 1 ½ to 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 cloves garlic whole or chopped for stronger flavor
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons grape syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • Smoked Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Two boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound total, cut into 1 inch cubes) OR 1 pound ready-made chicken skewers
  • 9-10 wooden skewers 5.5 inches (14 cm) long


  1. Preheat your oven at 390°F (200°C)

  2. Thread chicken cubes through the skewers, about 3 or 4 pieces per skewer, depending on their size.
  3. Cook skewers on a griddle or a cast iron skillet, on high heat, for about 5 minutes or until well browned from one side and then do the same for the opposite side.
  4. While skewers are cooking, sauté onion with olive oil in a pot until translucent and browned (about 4-5 minutes).
  5. Add garlic and cook for another minute, then add 1/4 cup of water and cook until all the water has evaporated and onions are very soft.
  6. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, whisky and grape syrup and boil until sauce is thickened and the alcohol has evaporated (about 4 minutes)
  7. Combine corn flour with soy sauce, add them to the sauce, cook for another minute and turn off the heat.
  8. If by any chance the sauce thickens too much, just add a splash of water to thin it out. Taste it and add salt, pepper and Tabasco according to your liking.
  9. Transfer skewers into a pan, pour the sauce over them and bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes.
  10. Eat.

Recipe Notes

Prepare the sauce while chicken is cooking, to save some time.
You can also bake the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes, then pour the sauce into the pan and bake for 10 more minutes. This way you don’t use a griddle or a skillet.
Try to cut the meat in equal sized pieces, approximately 1-inch cubes, since you want them to cook fast and evenly.
For skewers 5.5 inches long, thread 3-4 pieces of meat in each skewer.