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Garlic parmesan chicken skewers are a reliable 20-minute meal that you can easily whip up when you don’t feel like cooking or its too hot to heat up the kitchen. This recipe is a hit with the whole family, and you probably already have everything on hand to make it!

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If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy, this is a great recipe to have up your sleeve. Pull a pound of chicken out of the freezer to thaw, and make this dish tonight!

Here we marinate chicken with a spiced mayo mixture, skewer it, and then air fry it to perfection. The result is a chicken that’s crispy outside + tender and juicy inside! And the not-so-secret trick is to baste the chicken skewers with garlic butter when they’re halfway cooked.

Chicken skewers are a delicious and healthy light summer meal, especially if you serve it on a bed of lettuce, or with a fun salad (try asparagus salad with this!). But this can also be a satisfying cold-weather dinner if you pair it with a hearty side dish like cheesy potato casserole. No mater what you serve it with, this is sure to be a favorite at your house!

front view of garlic parm chicken skewer meal with salad and bread

Why You’ll Want This Recipe on Repeat

  • Affordable – Chicken thighs are one of the most budget-friendly cuts of chicken!
  • No fancy ingredients – By a show of hands, who has a pound of boneless, skinless chicken (either breasts or thighs because both will work here) stashed in their freezer at any given time? Me too! And I’m guessing you probably have most (if not all) of the other ingredients on hand in a well-stocked kitchen as well.
  • Picky-eater-friendly – I’d say it’s kid-friendly, but some of us have significant others who are just as picky as kids! This meal is a crowd-pleaser that everyone enjoys.

Easy Dinner Tip

Let the garlic butter serve double duty! Spread it on sliced bread and pop it in a 400F oven until toasted to your liking. It’s an easy side dish that pairs perfectly with the chicken!

top view of meal of garlic parmesan chicken skewers with garlic bread and salad

Ingredients

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

chicken marinade ingredients

Spiced Chicken with Mayo Ingredients:

  • Mayo – Mayo adds richness, helps keep the chicken moist, and also acts as the glue for the spices to stick to the outside of the chicken.
  • Fresh lemon juice – A little bit of fresh lemon juice brightens the flavor, cuts through the richness of the mayo, and helps tenderize the chicken.
  • Garlic powder, dried Italian herb seasoning, salt, onion powder, sweet paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), and black pepper – This is the blend of spices we use. It’s a nice balance of savory flavors with herby notes, as well as a little hint of spicy heat. If you want it on the spicy-hot side, feel free to add up to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs – Trim off the excess fat trimmed off and cut the chicken into 1  to 1 1/2-inch pieces. I like to use juicy dark meat here, but if you prefer, you can use 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts instead.
garlic butter ingredients

Garlic Butter Ingredients:

  • Salted butter – Or use unsalted butter and add 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
  • Garlic – You can’t have garlic butter without garlic! For the sharp bite and potent aroma, fresh garlic makes all the difference here. Be sure to use a large clove or double up if your cloves are on the small side.
  • Dried Italian herb seasoning – This adds savory herby flavor and pairs well with garlic.
  • Finely-shredded parmesan cheese – I like to freshly grate the cheese, but in a pinch you can use the parmesan that comes in a plastic canister at the grocery store.
  • Fresh parsley – A little bit of fresh parsley adds a pop of green color and fresh flavor.
  • Black pepper – For a piquant background flavor note.

Instructions

marinating chicken with mayo and spices

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss well to coat. If you have the time, cover the bowl and let the chicken marinade in the fridge for 20 minutes (or up to 24 hours).

marinated chicken on skewers

Skewer the chicken while you preheat the air fryer to 400F. (I like to use 4 skewers so each skewer is 1 serving.)

how to make garlic parmesan chicken air fryer

Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F on an instant-read thermometer, which takes about 12 to 14 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

While the chicken is cooking, make the garlic butter. To do so, stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Spoon half of the garlic butter on the chicken when you flip it halfway.

cooked garlic parm butter chicken skewers in air fryer

Serve the chicken skewers with the rest of the garlic butter for dipping or drizzling on top.

What Will I Need?

These kitchen tools make whipping up this recipe a breeze:

garlic parmesan chicken skewers on bed of lettuce with garlic bread

Easy Portioning Tip

This dish is easy to portion! When you’r skewering the chicken, use 4 skewers so each skewer is 1 serving.

Storage

Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Recipe Tips

  • This is one recipe where the chicken doesn’t need to marinade long. Just a 10-minute soak in the spiced mayo mixture is long enough, or if you’re pressed for time you can skip it completely. On the other hand, if you want to get this done in advance you can let the chicken marinade in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking it!
  • This amount of garlic butter makes enough so you can dip the cooked chicken in it when serving. You can cut the amount of garlic butter in half and you’ll have enough to just brush it on the chicken.
top view of white stoneware plate with garlic parm chicken skewers

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers FAQs

How Do You Cook This in the Oven?


Preheat the oven to 500F, put the chicken skewers on a baking tray, and roast about 15 minutes, basting with the garlic butter when there’s 3 minutes left. 

If you want to brown the chicken more, turn the broiler on once the chicken is almost fully cooked. This should take less than 5 minutes, and I recommend staying with it because every broiler is different.

Can I Make This on the Grill?


Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the chicken until it’s charred and fully cooked in the center, about 6 to 8 minutes per side (flipping the skewers once and basting with the garlic butter after flipping).

What Goes Well with Garlic Parm Chicken Skewers?


I like to serve this along with a leafy green salad (or on a bed of greens) and garlic bread. It also pairs nicely with rice (try homemade Rice a Roni!), roasted potatoes, or mashed potatoes, and a green vegetable, such as broccoli or green beans.

And these skewers also work well as an appetizer or as finger food for a party!

More Skewered Chicken Recipes to Try

chicken skewers on salad greens with garlic bread

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers Recipe

Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Garlic parmesan chicken skewers are a family-friendly 20-minute meal that you can easily whip up when you don’t feel like cooking!

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Ingredients
 

Spiced Chicken with Mayo:

Garlic Butter:

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 large clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons finely-shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

For the Chicken:

  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss well to coat. If you have the time, cover the bowl and let the chicken marinade in the fridge for 20 minutes (or up to 24 hours).
  • Skewer the chicken while you preheat the air fryer to 400F. (I like to use 4 skewers so each skewer is 1 serving.)
  • Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F, which takes about 12 to 14 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Spoon half of the garlic butter on the chicken when you flip it halfway.

For the Garlic Butter:

  • While the chicken is cooking, make the garlic butter. To do so, stir together all ingredients in a bowl (if you want to mellow the flavor of the garlic, see the Notes section below).
  • Divide the garlic butter into 2 bowls to avoid cross-contamination when you brush it on the chicken.

To Serve:

  • Serve the chicken skewers with the rest of the garlic butter for dipping or drizzling on top. (Note the the garlic butter will thicken as the butter cools, but you can pop it in the microwave for 5-second intervals to melt it again.)

Notes

  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To Mellow the Flavor of the Garlic: You can briefly heat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. To make it in the microwave, add the butter and garlic to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, stopping to stir the mixture every 15 seconds. Stir in the remaining garlic butter ingredients. To make it on the stovetop, add the butter and garlic to a small saucepan over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Once the butter is melted, cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining garlic butter ingredients.
  • You Can Cut the Garlic Butter in Half: This amount of garlic butter makes enough so you can dip the cooked chicken in it when serving. You can cut the amount of garlic butter in half and you’ll have enough to just brush it on the chicken.
  • How to Make This in the Oven: Preheat the oven to 500F, put the chicken skewers on a baking tray, and roast about 15 minutes, basting with the garlic butter when there’s 3 minutes left. If you want to brown the chicken more, turn the broiler on once the chicken is almost fully cooked. This should take less than 5 minutes, and I recommend staying with it because every broiler is different.
  • How to Grill This: Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the chicken until it’s charred and fully cooked in the center, about 6 to 8 minutes per side (flipping the skewers once and basting with the garlic butter after flipping).
  • Net Carbs: 2g per serving

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers, Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers Air Fryer

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