Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

I’m headed to Arizona this weekend to visit friends, watch playoff basketball, and of course throw a Kentucky Derby Party with my bestie Amy Black!

Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

Amy is the fashion girl of the group and has created an amazing post on her blog, Amy’s Vintage Closet, about what to wear for the Kentucky Derby (or in our case Derby themed party!)

Bourbon Mint Grilled Chicken Bites

Of course I was in charge of the food, so I thought, what’s more Kentucky Derby than the Mint Julep? I turned the classic cocktail into a party appetizer that is sure to be a hit this weekend!

Mint Julep Chicken Skewer Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint leaves (divided)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (cut into cubes)

Begin by adding the bourbon to a small mixing bowl, then add the brown sugar and 2 tbsp mint. Muddle the mint and sugar with the bourbon.

Mint Julep Chicken Marinade

Next, add the balsamic vinegar, then the zest and juice of the lemon.

Mint Julep Chicken Marinade

Finally add the allspice and stir to combine all of the marinade ingredients.  Next, add the chicken to the marinade.

Mint Julep Chicken Marinade

Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinade. After this time, remove the chicken from the marinade and place on skewers.

Grill the skewers over medium heat for 20 minutes, rotating throughout the cooking process.

Remove the chicken from the skewers.

Grilled Bourbon Mint Chicken

Place a mint leaf on each piece of chicken then skewer with a toothpick and serve.

Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

This recipe is so fun and unique, it’s sure to be a hit at any party, big hats not required ;-)

Whiskey Lemon Chicken Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute tofu cubes for chicken to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 20 chicken bite skewers

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint leaves (divided)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (cut into cubes)

Instructions

  1. Begin by adding the bourbon to a small mixing bowl, then add the brown sugar and 2 tbsp mint. Muddle the mint and sugar with the bourbon.
  2. Next, add the balsamic vinegar, then the zest and juice of the lemon.
  3. Finally add the allspice and stir to combine all of the marinade ingredients.
  4. Next, add the chicken to the marinade.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinade.
  6. After this time, remove the chicken from the marinade and place on skewers.
  7. Grill the skewers over medium heat for 20 minutes, rotating throughout the cooking process.
  8. Remove the chicken from the skewers.
  9. Place a mint leaf on each piece of chicken then skewer with a toothpick and serve.
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