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Sticky Bourbon Chicken Skewers

These sticky bourbon chicken skewers are not only an easy party appetizer, they’re incredibly additive. You can’t stop after eating just one!

I’m telling you this as a friend: make sure you’ve got people standing around when you take these babies off the stove, because once you taste one, you’ll want to eat the entire platter, sticky fingers and all.

You think I’m joking? I double dog dare you to not eat just one. Go ahead! Try me.

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You can skip the skewers if you’d like, and just cut the chicken up into bite-sized pieces and stab them with toothpicks.

The star of this recipe is the marinade, so whether you serve the chicken on skewers or not is secondary.

Just make sure you remember to have fun! (although pssst… the bourbon helps that part!)


Sticky Bourbon Chicken Skewers

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan



  • 1 pound boneless (skinless chicken (thighs or breast))
  • 68 wooden skewers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup bourbon


  1. Cut the chicken into long strips, then skewer. Set aside.
  2. Combine the rest of ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the sauce to a large, wide saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat.
  4. Add the skewers and turn in the sauce to coat.
  5. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Turn occasionally to prevent the sauce from burning.
  6. Remove the chicken skewers from the pan and set aside. Spoon any remaining sauce into a bowl to be used as a dipping sauce on the skewers.


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    Wendy szoka
    30 July, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    The consistency of the sauce was so thin.. I boiled & boiled the sauce in the hopes it would cook down & never did. The flavor was good but definitely not sticky considering the amount of honey. It was like water. Still an ok flavor after all that but will be looking for a recipe that can actually coat & stick to the meat

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    Angela Milnes
    27 April, 2018 at 10:30 am

    These skewers look like they would be such a hit. My family would definitely love this!

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    27 April, 2018 at 2:43 am

    So yummy and the ingredients are simple!

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    26 April, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    This would be perfect for a summer get together! I never tried bourbon chicken before but sounds like I would love it!

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    26 April, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    OMG I want to be eating these right now! Even the name sounds super appetizing!

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    26 April, 2018 at 11:48 am

    These are such a big hit!!!
    Everyone loved them and you are right it is impossible to just eat one!
    I followed your advice and served individual pieces skewered with a cocktail stick……I am not sure how many I had but I had certainly disposed of quite a few cocktail sticks by the end of the party 😉

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      Ruthy Kirwan
      28 April, 2018 at 6:39 am

      That’s awesome, so happy to hear you guys liked them! SOO addicting, aren’t they!? Thanks, Claire!

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    26 April, 2018 at 11:38 am

    What in the sweet heavens is this!!???? These look unbelievably amazing. Especially the last pic with the sauce drizzle! I am saving this recipe for sure!

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    26 April, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I think my husband might die of happiness if I made these for him. 😉 Thanks for the recipe!!

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    Lisa Huff
    26 April, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Forget the parties, I could eat these for dinner all the time!

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    26 April, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I always love an easy appetizer idea. These look perfect for entertaining.

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    26 April, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Looks very delicious and simple enough!! Very great recipe!!

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