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Quick and Tasty Hot Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers Recipe

Quick and Tasty Hot Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers Recipe

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Are you ready to try a recipe that’s a true standout in both flavor and simplicity? Introducing our Hot Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers, a recipe that’s about to become a favorite in your kitchen. It’s a delightful twist on a classic, bringing together the zest of lemon, the warmth of pepper, and the tang of hot sauce – all jazzed up with the fresh addition of parsley.

This dish is inspired by the iconic flavor of hot lemon pepper, a popular choice in Atlanta’s food scene, especially for chicken wings. But here, we’re using it to elevate chicken tenders in the air fryer, resulting in a meal that’s both juicy and irresistibly tasty.

Our secret? A homemade sauce that’s a fusion of spicy, zesty, and tangy notes, enriched with the freshness of parsley. This herb isn’t just a garnish; it adds a bright, earthy flavor that perfectly complements the lemon and pepper.

These skewers are not only delicious but also a breeze to prepare. Whether you’re using an air fryer, grill, or oven, you’ll end up with perfectly cooked, flavorful chicken in no time.

Imagine serving these skewers alongside fluffy rice and roasted veggies, all drizzled with that extra lemon pepper and parsley butter. It’s a meal that promises to be as enjoyable to make as it is to eat. Let’s start cooking and bring a burst of Atlanta’s vibrant flavors to your dining table!


Hot Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers Recipe


Chicken Marination:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of your preferred hot sauce (like Crystal, Frank’s, or Louisiana)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

Spicy Lemon Pepper Butter:

  • 1 stick (8oz.) salted butter, slightly melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (same as used for chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • A handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Preparation of Chicken: Cut the chicken into 2-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine chicken pieces with lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, cracked pepper, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, hot sauce, mayonnaise and olive oil. Mix thoroughly to ensure an even coating. Let the chicken marinate while you prepare the butter mixture.
  3. Making the Butter Mixture: In a separate bowl, slightly melt the butter. Stir in minced garlic, cracked pepper, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice (start with half a lemon and adjust), hot sauce, and honey. Blend well to create a smooth mixture. Finally, stir in the finely chopped parsley. Set aside a portion of this mixture for basting the cooked chicken to avoid cross-contamination.
  4. Skewering: Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto wooden skewers, packing them closely to retain moisture during cooking.
  5. Air Fryer Cooking: Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray or use a liner. Cook the skewers in batches (2-3 at a time) to avoid overcrowding. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove to baste with the butter mixture. Return to the air fryer for an additional 4 minutes. Flip the skewers, baste again, and cook for 6 more minutes.
  6. Final Basting and Serving: Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from the air fryer. Generously baste with the butter mixture on both sides. Serve hot, ideally over a bed of rice accompanied by roasted vegetables. Drizzle any remaining lemon pepper butter over the rice and veggies for added flavor.

Oven-Baked Method:

  1. Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare for Baking: Arrange the marinated chicken skewers on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake: Place the skewers in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Baste: Remove the skewers, baste them with the lemon-pepper butter mixture, then flip them over.
  5. Final Bake: Return the skewers to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  6. Serve: Baste the skewers with the remaining butter mixture before serving. Enjoy your oven-baked skewers with your favorite sides!

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Tips & Tricks for Perfect Oven-Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers

  1. Marination Magic: Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes. If you have time, marinating it overnight in the refrigerator will intensify the flavors.
  2. Skewer Smart: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes before threading the chicken. This prevents them from burning in the oven.
  3. Uniform Pieces: Cut the chicken into even-sized pieces. This ensures they cook uniformly, giving you perfectly tender chicken every time.
  4. Basting Brilliance: Don’t skimp on the basting step. It adds moisture and flavor, especially in the oven where the heat can dry out the chicken.
  5. Check the Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to check the chicken’s doneness. The safe internal temperature for chicken is 165°F (74°C).
  6. Rest and Relax: Let the skewers rest for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute, making your chicken skewers juicier.
  7. Serve it Right: Pair these skewers with complementary sides like a fresh salad, roasted vegetables, or garlic bread for a complete meal.
  8. Flavor Variations: Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs in the marinade to suit your taste preferences.
  9. Storage Savvy: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. They’re great for a quick and tasty protein addition to salads or wraps.
  10. Reheating Rules: Reheat leftover skewers in the oven or air fryer to maintain their texture. Avoid microwaving as it can make the chicken rubbery.
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