Chicken Skewers

This summer I planted a herb garden and I am so glad I did. The taste of fresh herbs as well as drying your own herbs is not only a cost saver but the smells and taste are better than anything you can purchase in the store.

Additionally the farmers market are now bountiful with vegetables. I go at least once a week for fruits and vegetables.  I decided not to do a container garden this year and have not regretted the decision. I have the taste of homegrown as well as contributing to local economy.

I like making chicken skewers and decided to try to different marinades. The first was a Pineapple-Mango I found here. The other marinade was a homemade Italian marinade.

For the Pineapple Mango marinade

-Ingredients:
-1 Cup Fresh Pineapple
-1 Tsp Low Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
-1 Cup Fresh Mango
-1 Small Peach
-2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
-2 Tbsp of ground ginger

In a food processor or blender, blend together: pineapple, Teriyaki, mango and peach ( I removed the peach skin) and brown sugar.  Set aside

For the Italian marinade

Ingredients
1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons of each dried herbs, thyme, oregano, rosemary and basil
1  tablespoon Dijon  mustard
1 to 2 teaspoon garlic or onion
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all in a bowl and mix well

I used boneless chicken breast, green, yellow and red peppers onions and tomatoes. You can use any combination of vegetables. Cut the vegetables and chicken into about 1-2 inch pieces. I marinated the chicken and vegetables for 4 hours in a large freezer bags. I also soaked the wooden skewers in a large bowl of water before putting the chicken and vegetables on them to prevent them from burning on the grill.

Here are the loaded skewers

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I preheated the grill and placed them on aluminum foil then on the grill. I turned them approximately every 5 minutes until browned (total time 20 minutes but depends on grill)

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I did brown rice but you could also do quinoa or even a salad. Both marinades were very tasty . The leftovers are even tastier and can be used in salads.

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4 Responses to Chicken Skewers

  1. I know these were just as delicious as they look. I love chicken skewers and especially love them in salad the next day. Great job and thanks for sharing.

    • katsbynp says:

      The grilled vegetables add a great taste to the salad. I am going to bring the herbs in this winter and put them in my kitchen.
      Thanks for your comments

  2. Sarah B. says:

    These look delicious! And such a good way to get fresh produce and herbs into a meal. Too bad my apartment complex does not allow us to use outdoor grills… I might just need to try this indoors on my stove-top grill pan.

    • katsbynp says:

      I have done them in the oven but the grill pan sounds like a marvelous idea. I am so glad I started the herb garden. It is nice to be able to go out and cut what you need. The plants regrow quickly.

      Thanks for your comments

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