Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

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Whether Mother Nature like its or not, its time to grill…… Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs.


Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

When boneless skinless chicken is on sale……. you stock up! After all you never know when a chicken idea will come across your mind.

Kabobs are a perfect summer griller. I did not use them for this recipe as I only have two and we had a few more people than that for dinner, but if you can find kabob baskets……buy them. Much easier to turn, and nothing falls off the skewer or spins around……you know what I’m talking about!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

But, I used bamboo screwers for this recipe and soaked them for a few hours so they didn’t burn during cooking.

The biggest part of the recipe, is making sure you have similar size chunks of meat and veggies. I prepped my meat and veggies ahead, so when the time came I just had to skewer them.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

Strips of bacon, woven in-between keeps the meat moist and gives the kabobs that smoky bacon flavor.

The real start of the show, is the sauce, sweet and spicy……..pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and a nice pinch of red pepper flakes for heat.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

So, you all know that a pinch wasn’t really how much I used, being the house of spice. But, for normal folks, a pinch will add just the right amount of heat.

Cornstarch thickens the sauce and gives it that nice shine you get from cornstarch. Brush the sauce during just the last few minutes of grilling as the sauce will burn quickly.

Serve the extra sauce on the side along with some steam rice and you have a perfect summer meal.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs ………get your grill on!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1½ chunks
  • 1 large fresh pineapple, cut into 1½ inch chunks
  • 2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1½ inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1½ inch pieces
  • 12 strips of thick applewood smoked bacon
  • FOR SAUCE:
  • 1½ cups pineapple juice
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes or to taste.
  • 6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for several hours.
Instructions
  1. To make the sauce: Combine cornstarch and brown sugar in a large sauce pan, whisk until combined. Add remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened. Set-aside until ready to use.
  2. Begin with a pieces of bacon and weave around each piece of chicken and pineapple, then place the bell pepper and onion together and weave the bacon around both of those. Continue weaving until you have 4 pieces of chicken on each kabob. Spray kabobs with non stick cooking spray ( I use coconut oil spray)
  3. Preheat the grill to medium high. Grill the kabobs for 10-15, turning a couple of times, until done.
  4. Brush with sauce during the last few minutes of grilling.
  5. Serve with remaining sauce and steamed rice.

 

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Cumin Beef Kabobs

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Cumin Beef Kabobs


Cumin Beef Kabobs

It’s time to grill!!!!

Once Memorial day has passed, it is summer time………..pools open, flowers and gardens are blooming, and you can wear white pants.

Although we do not eat a lot of beef, occasionally Tim and I like a nice steak, or in this case some Cumin Beef Kabobs.

Ease of preparation in the summer is key to enjoying said summer…………Marinading makes any cut of beef extra tasty, and there is something about marinading in soy that makes beef taste extra delicious. Add Tim’s favorite spice……next to red pepper flakes…….cumin, and the marinade is easy and makes the beef tender and juicy, even if you use an less expensive cut of meat.

When making kabobs I have one piece of advice, make sure everything on the kabob has approxamately the same cooking time. If you try veggies that have a short cooking time, they will either burn or in they will fall completely off the skewer by the time your meat is done. Although they do make kabob baskets that holds everything inside,I have not been able to find them this year 🙁 ……….But they are a nifty device, if you can find them. I must admit I really haven’t looked that hard. Besides I found this really cute kabob set at the local Goodwill store that I had been dying to try…………..I love the way it looks.

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For these kabobs I wanted to use tomatoes, but as I said above they would have just fallen off the skewer by the time the meat and onions were ready. So I just sautéd them on the side with a bit of sea salt and finished them with a snip of chives. Which by the way, my chives are beautiful this year……….more on the garden as it grows.

So, when you are looking for a easy but delicious kabob recipe, try these Cumin Beef Kabobs with a side of sautéd cherry tomatoes and enjoy some summer grilling!

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Cumin Beef Kabobs
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound beef,cut into 1-inch pieces ( I used an Angus Western Style Rib - which is boneless, but use what ever is your taste in beef)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • Juice of one fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 small onions, cut into 8 wedges
  • Kabobs skewers
Instructions
  1. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, and cumin in a small bowl. Place meat and marinade in a ziploc bag and marinade overnight.
  2. Prepare barbecue (high heat) or preheat grill pan. Thread beef onto skewers, alternating meat and onions. Grill until beef is tender, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes for medium rare.
  3. Serve with sautéd cherry tomatoes.

 

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