Beer-Battered Chicken Bites with BBQ Sauce

Beer, barbeque, fried snacks, and finger foods are all standards for gameday get-togethers. This recipe is what happens when everything is thrown together into one dish. Crispy, beer-battered chicken with a tangy barbeque dipping sauce (also made with beer)!


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For the BBQ Sauce

  • 2/3 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Chili Sauce (*Recommended: Sriracha)
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 Cup Guinness Draught
  • 3 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground, Coarse Black Pepper

For the Chicken

  • 4-5 Thin-Sliced Chicken Breasts, cubed
  • 1 1/2 + 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cup Guinness Draught
  • Canola Oil, for frying

Honey BBQ Chicken Bites

Looking to shake up the menu at your game day bash? If so, then you need to make these Honey BBQ Chicken Bites. They've got a crispy seasoned coating that makes them really addictive. And when they're drizzled with our homemade honey BBQ sauce, you can bet they're going to make 'em disappear!

What You'll Need

  • 6 cups corn flakes cereal, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 / 2 cup milk
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 / 4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 / 4 cup honey

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cereal, paprika, onion and garlic powder, salt, and pepper mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add chicken to egg mixture and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove chicken from egg mixture and toss in cereal mixture, coating on all sides. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and no longer pink in center.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine barbecue sauce and honey, and heat until warm. Drizzle chicken bites with sauce mixture and serve.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

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Wow your family with these restaurant-style chicken fingers. There is no mess from frying, with this oven-baked version that is succulent and tasty, with an awesomely crunchy coating just like the fast-food kind, but much healthier. Crushed garlic croutons are the secret to achieving that crispy crust kids and adults crave.

BBQ Chicken Bites

These four main ingredients come together to create the most irresistible appetizer of all time. Or dinner option for some.

And with the help of KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rubs, you can easily customize your meal to taste just how you like it – simply customize your BBQ sauce with water, juice, soda, beer or bourbon! Um, the choice is always bourbon though, right?

You can also use any of the three available flavors – Original, Sweet Honey, and Spicy Habanero . You can’t go wrong with any option. I promise.

KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rubs is available at Walmart and can be found in the condiment aisle, near the other KC Masterpiece BBQ sauces.

Yield: About 3 dozen bites



Preheat your cooker to 350°F, set up for indirect grilling. Trim the breasts and cut into 1” cubes. Mix the Kosmos Q Dirty Bird Rub and brown sugar well. Toss the chicken in the rub mixture.

Wrap a half slice of bacon around each cube of chicken and secure the bacon with a toothpick. Toss the bacon wrapped cubes in the rub mixture once again, just a few minutes before grilling.

Grill the chicken bites over indirect heat until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Check the internal temperature with a digital thermometer.

Brush the bites with House of Q Sugar & Spice BBQ Sauce and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.


Cut the breast up into nugget sized pieces. Crack a bit of black pepper over them.

Coat the chicken bits with flour.

Dip the floured chicken bits in the egg and wet all sides.

And once again coat them very well with flour.

Coat your frying pan with enough oil to at least mostly cover the bottom and heat to a medium high temperature. Once the oil is to temperature place the chicken bits into the hot oil. They should start sizzling right away.

Flip them occasionally while cooking and allow each side to become light golden brown. Once you have achieved this they will be fully cooked.

Now you basically have chicken nuggets. If you simply salt them at this point you can just eat them as they are, but we are making barbecue chicken nuggets, so all that is left is to coat them with barbecue sauce! You can do this any way you like, really it isn’t rocket science, but I like to do it the way I learned when working at a restaurant. That is to put them into a bowl.

Cover the bowl tightly. You can do this with a plate, or like in my case, a pot lid. Or you can do this in a plastic food storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Now pick it up and make sure the lid is secure buy holding it down with your thumbs if necessary, and shake it up and down vigorously a few times. This coats each piece evenly.

Serve with Ranch for dipping. It is also customary to serve with a few celery sticks, but I was fresh out. No matter!

In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg lightly. Whisk in the beer and then add the dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth and well blended. Cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature for about 25 minutes before using.

Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise. If the chicken breasts are large, slice them into thirds or quarters.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until oil reaches 360 F. Or heat the oil in a deep fryer with temperature control.

Using tongs to hold chicken strips, dip in batter allow excess to drip off.

Remove and carefully lower, one by one, into the hot oil. After about 1 minute, turn the strips.

Continue to turn the strips occasionally until they are golden, cooking for a total of 4 to 6 minutes.

Transfer to a paper towel-lined tray. Pat more towels on top to absorb excess oil.

Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers

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Incredibly delicious Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers that are perfect for a weekend or even a busy week night. Just prepare the night before, let them marinate overnight and grill when ready.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always hated beer, I could never understand the fascination with it. I always found it bitter, I’d much rather enjoy a cocktail or just a pop. So my parents never had to worry about me drinking their beer. As a matter of fact alcohol was never my thing, probably because I can’t hold my liquor. One drink and I start singing Gloria Gaynor. Ok, we don’t want to go there.

But I do remember years ago when my parents went on vacation and left my sister and I alone, we were actually around 19 or 20. Back then my dad used to make his own wine and sherry and we used to have a cellar in the basement where he’d keep the barrels.

Mom and dad if you’re reading this, this is the honest truth. For some unknown inexplicable reason just when they were gone for that week the barrel of sherry decided to explode all over the cellar. No lie! I have no idea why, my guess is something to do with temperature and pressure, but who knows, I’m no expert.

As you can imagine this did not look good on my sister and I. We spent an entire day cleaning up sherry from all over the cellar walls and other bottles and cans in there. But I don’t think that to this day my parents believe us, I think they still think we had a huge party and drank all the sherry. While I’ll admit to having a party, we DID NOT drink that sherry, I wish we had, it was really good. Glad I got that off my chest.

Back to the beer thing. Never liked beer but then I got married. My husband taught me to appreciate a good beer, and although I can’t call myself a beer drinker now, I will occasionally enjoy a beer on a hot summer day.

I have also learned to appreciate the power of beer in cooking, especially in marinades. The beer tenderizes the meat and it gives it tons of great and delicious flavor.

So for this incredible marinade here I used a darker ale, though any beer would work, and I mixed it with honey, and soy sauce and a bit of Dijon mustard. I let the chicken marinate for a good couple hours, obviously the longer you leave it the better it will taste and the more flavor it will have.

One thing you could do is prepare this the night before and let it sit and marinate in the fridge until next day when you come back from work. Then all you’d have to do is thread the chicken on skewers and grill ’em.


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Beer and Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce Chicken Skewers

Beer and Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce Chicken Skewers – Sweet and savory chicken skewers marinated in the most delicious Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce and BEER!

Hey-Hi, my friends! It is Fry-daaaaaaaay! ⬅ Oprah voice. ➡ You get an “A”! And YOU get an “A”! And EVERYONE gets an “A”. …all for making it through the week.

Too much enthusiasm for a Friday mornin’? Ah-kay…

Sit down, relax, put yo’ feet up and meet my eaaaaaaaaasy summah suppah, Beer and Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce Chicken Skewers. Let’s wipe the drools.

Did you know that nothing goes better with great BBQ than beer? It’s true. That’s what I’ve always been told and I’m sticking to it. Besides, my Mama never lies.

BBQs: I mean, barbecues: one of summer’s most quintessential meals. We all love ’em and need ’em. We all inhale roughly a ton of smokin’ hot chicken/meat/veggies (sometimes skewered all together) during these warm, ripe months that are ahead of us. But, are you used to only preparing your meats with bbq sauce out of bottles, jars or small tubs? Are you on the verge of adding your own flavoring to said tub/jar/bottle? Are you about to throw your fists in the air, kick the nearest chair and pour beer in there?!

RIGHT ON! That’s exactly what I’m going to ask you to do!

Looky what I found: KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rubs in a pouch! omg. Consisting of a combination of salts, sugars and spices, this dry rub was exactly what I needed to stir into a bottle of beer and create the awesomest chicken skewers of ever.
Sidebar correction – stir beer into the rub. That makes way more sense.

Here’s the 411. There are 3 different sauce mixes and dry rubs to choose from. We have KC Masterpiece ® Original BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub, KC Masterpiece ® Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub and KC Masterpiece ® Spicy Habanero BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub.

And then looky here this is what happens when beer meets dry rub. A thick, dark, smoky, and sweet mixture is created, ready to meet my chicken tenders.

Honestly? These chicken tenders threaded on these sticks are invited to be my dinner for the rest of forever. Not only do they rest in this super amazing, mystical marinade, but they’re double coated with it WHILE getting themselves ready for us to be grilled over CHARCOAL.

Why am I doing this to you?

Because this is ridiculously easy and completely perfect for your next backyard party. It takes no time at all. And it’s pretty amazing. Swear.

I think we both know what you need to do. No need for tears. Just do it. Fire up the grill, get your chicken, stock up on KC’s mastered Masterpiece of Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub, some charcoal, and let’s get through it. I mean TO IT.


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There is something about chicken slathered in barbecue sauce that just makes me weak in the knees. Even better when it’s a sauce from my favourite grill company.

Did you know Weber not only makes grills, but they also make seasonings and sauces? I know right. It’s epic news. I love their grills and have been coveting a natural gas one for years. One day I will own one. A girl has to have dreams, right.

Weber Sauces and Seasonings sent me some of their new BBQ Sauces to try out. I am always sceptical when I try new sauces. I mean I’m a gal who can whip up her own customized sauce faster than most gals can slap on their makeup.

So I know sauce, and what it takes to make it go from bland to knock your socks off. My bar is set high for sauce. No one can limbo their way under that bar. Make a killer sauce or I move on to the next one. Just the way I am. I’m a tough critic.

I taste tested the “Sweet & Thick Original BBQ Sauce”, the “Smoky & Thick Applewood Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce”, and the “Sweet & Thick Honey BBQ Sauce”. My verdict? They not only met my expectations but surpassed them. Times a million.

My favourite changed depending on what I was making. The Original formula is a fabulous all around sauce, good for everything from chicken to ribs. The Applewood was perfect on smoked ribs. And the Honey was fabulous for these chicken bites.

After eating my way through 3 bottles in the past 2 weeks if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the Honey. No wait, I changed my mind, it’s the Applewood. Um, no, it’s the Original. Okay, I can’t decide. You will have to buy all 3 and decide for yourself.