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 Air Fryer Chicken Bacon Pickle Skewers

I came across this Facebook Reel From Keto Snackz and knew with my love for pickles, I was going to have to try them.

That sounds like an interesting and tasty recipe! Air fryer chicken bacon pickle skewers combine savory, smoky, and tangy flavors, making them an excellent option for a low-carb, high-protein snack or appetizer. Here’s a review and some tips on how to make them.

Recipe Review: Air Fryer Chicken Bacon Pickle Skewers


  • Chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Bacon slices
  • Pickles, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Skewers
  • Optional: seasoning (e.g., salt, pepper, garlic powder)


Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized chunks.
  • Slice the pickles into similar-sized pieces or use slices.
  • Put the chicken and the pickles (plus juice) back in the jar or an airtight container for 12-24 hrs.
  • After the chicken has soaked cut the bacon slices in half (if they are long).

Assemble the Skewers:

  • Thread a piece of chicken, followed by a pickle piece, and then wrap a half slice of bacon around them. Secure with a skewer.
  • Repeat until all ingredients are used.

Season the Skewers (Optional):

  • Sprinkle your preferred seasoning over the assembled skewers.

Air Fry:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the skewers in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not overcrowded.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through until the chicken is cooked and the bacon is crispy.


  • Remove from the air fryer and let them cool slightly before serving.
  • Optionally, serve with a dipping sauce such as ranch or a keto-friendly sauce.

Tips and Adjustments:

  • Bacon Choice: Use thin or regular bacon rather than thick-cut, as it crisps up better in the air fryer.
  • Seasoning: Adding a little garlic powder, paprika, or a keto-friendly seasoning mix can enhance the flavor.
  • Even Cooking: Ensure that the chicken pieces are of uniform size to cook evenly.
  • Air Fryer Capacity: Depending on the size of your air fryer, you might need to cook in batches to avoid overcrowding, which can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Skewers: We didn’t have wood skewers, only metal for the grill. I improvised and used toothpicks.


  • Quick and Easy: The recipe is straightforward and quick to prepare.
  • Flavorful: The combination of chicken, bacon, and pickle provides a delightful mix of flavors.
  • Healthy: It’s a great low-carb, high-protein option suitable for keto diets.
  • Versatile: Can be served as a snack, appetizer, or part of a main course.


  • Preparation Time: Assembling the skewers can be time-consuming.
  • Texture Variation: Depending on the thickness of the bacon and chicken pieces, achieving the perfect crispiness and tenderness might require some adjustments. This was a huge problem for us as we like our bacon crispy, but that dried out the chicken a bit. 


This recipe is a fun and delicious way to enjoy chicken and bacon with a tangy twist from the pickles. It’s perfect for keto enthusiasts or anyone looking for a tasty, low-carb treat. The air fryer ensures the skewers are cooked to perfection without oil, making them a healthier alternative to traditional frying.

If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out Keto Snackz and all of their amazing recipes from their cookbook, Care Free Keto. And, if you are new to Keto, check out Breaking Up with Carbs

Enjoy your Air Fryer Chicken Bacon Pickle Skewers! If you try any variations or have any additional tips, feel free to share.

And now, it’s time for a story. 

The Unexpected Reunion

As the summer sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the backyard, Sarah busied herself in the kitchen. Tonight’s family gathering was the first in years, and she wanted everything to be perfect. Her new air fryer, a recent birthday gift, sat gleaming on the countertop, ready for its first culinary adventure.

Sarah’s fingers moved swiftly, slicing chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks, wrapping them with bacon, and threading them onto skewers with pickle pieces. The aroma of fresh ingredients mingled with her excitement and nerves. This was no ordinary family reunion.

The doorbell rang, pulling Sarah from her thoughts. She wiped her hands on a towel and hurried to greet her guests. Her parents, siblings, and cousins filed in, exchanging hugs and cheerful greetings. But it was the last guest who made Sarah’s heart skip a beat.

There, standing at the doorway, was Mark. Tall, with that same easy smile she remembered, he looked familiar and new. They had been high school sweethearts, their lives diverging after graduation. She had moved to the city for college while he stayed behind, starting his own business. They hadn’t spoken in years.

“Hey, Sarah,” Mark said, his voice a mix of surprise and warmth. “It’s been a while.”

Sarah smiled, feeling a blush creep up her cheeks. “Yeah, it has. Welcome.”

As everyone settled in the backyard, the air filled with laughter and the sizzle of the barbecue. Sarah placed the assembled skewers into the air fryer, setting the timer with a practiced hand. She joined her family, stealing glances at Mark, who seemed to be doing the same.

“So, what’s cooking?” Mark asked, sidling up to her as she checked on the food.

“Something new,” she replied, grinning. “Air fryer chicken bacon pickle skewers. Thought I’d try something different for tonight.”

Mark chuckled. “Sounds delicious. You always did have a knack for creating something special.”

They fell into easy conversation, reminiscing about old times and catching up on years gone by. The air fryer beeped, and Sarah retrieved the skewers, the tantalizing aroma drawing everyone to the table.

Compliments flowed as they all dug in, and the skewers were an instant hit. Sarah couldn’t help but notice how Mark’s eyes lit up with every bite. The evening wore on, and as the stars twinkled overhead, it felt like no time had passed between them.

Later, Mark lingered as the night drew to a close, and guests began to leave. “Sarah, tonight was amazing,” he said softly. “Maybe we could catch up properly sometime?”

Sarah smiled, her heart light. “I’d like that.”

She felt a renewed sense of connection and possibility as he walked away. The night had been a beautiful blend of past memories and new beginnings, all tied together by a simple yet delicious recipe.


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