Sticky bourbon chicken skewers on a flat white plate.
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Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken Skewers

Sweet, salty, buttery and deeply Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken Skewers. These are a delicious finger food perfect for a party or watching the game. Or serve them with fries for dinner!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Brining time1 hr
Total Time11 mins
Course: Finger Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 chicken breasts - skinless and boneless
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the maple bourbon sauce

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tbsp salted butter

For garnish

  • Fresh parsley or thyme


  • Dissolve the table salt and sugar in the hot water. Once fully dissolved, add the ice and cold water, then transfer the brine to a shallow baking dish. (see note 1)
  • Slice each chicken breast into 5 thin strips and thread each strip onto a wooden skewer.
  • Set aside to brine for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
  • After the four hours, drain and pat the skewers dry.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil and then grill over a medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes a side.

To make the maple bourbon sauce.

  • Add the maple syrup, bourbon and butter to a small saucepan.
  • Heat over a medium heat until bubbling and slightly thickened. (see note 2)
  • The sauce will thicken as it stands.


  1. Use a baking dish long enough to fit your wooden skewers.
  2. The sauce should have the constancy of heavy cream.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1448mg | Potassium: 90mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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