Honey Chicken Skewers
After Erin posted about her delicious grilled pizza, this test nest sister had the itch to fire up the grill too. Actually, I've been ready to fire up the grill since March 1st, but the weather didn't exactly cooperate. Unfortunately, it still isn't so hot, but at least it's above 50 degrees, so I say, fire up that puppy!
One thing I love to make (sometimes weekly in the spring and summer) is Honey Chicken Skewers. I found this recipe in an issue of Real Simple magazine a couple of years ago. It is literally the easiest thing you can make on a week night. It takes a total of 20 minutes (at most) and it turns out perfectly every time. Not to mention, it takes only four ingredients. That's right, four. Chicken, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and honey. Now, you can't tell me that you don't have those ingredients in your pantry. Check out the easy prep below. You will be amazed at the big flavor in the end.
Let's begin with those three ingredients: 1/2 cup of ketchup, 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 2 Tablespoons of honey. (I put in a bit of extra honey to balance the ketchup)
Once you have those ingredients in the bowl, whisk them together throughly, if you don't get the flavors to meld, it will be too ketchupy. (you know what I mean)
Next, get your skewers out. Mine happen to be metal and from IKEA. I love them because I don't have to worry about soaking them in water like I would with wooden skewers.
Now, for the meat, which you know I love. Cut up 2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into small strips and thread them onto the skewers. Salt and pepper to taste.
Oh, and I'll mention that as I was working on my skewers, I decided to prep my side dish: couscous. If you haven't tried this, it's really a great alternative to the usual sides like potatoes and rice. You can find it in the rice aisle, actually, in a box labeled "plain couscous." I love it because it only takes 10 minutes to make, including cooking time. I start off with a tablespoon of butter, melted.
Then I add in some onion (this is about 1/4 cup) for flavor and cook it for about 3 minutes. I also throw in a bit of salt and pepper.
Finally, I add in the broth (chicken or beef) and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the couscous. Take it off the burner, cover it, and five minutes later you have your side dish! (Note: This is just one variation to couscous, you can do much more!)
So, now let's back track to the skewers. I greased the grill and put my chicken on to start sizzlin'. It cooked for a total of eight minutes.
In the last two minutes of cooking I slathered on the sauce I made earlier.
I had a delicious meal in 20 minutes. Take a look at that, would you.
Don't you feel like firing up that grill now? I know I'll continue to do so all spring and summer long. I'll keep you posted. Check out the detailed recipe below for the Honey Chicken Skewers.
HONEY CHICKEN SKEWERS
courtesy of REAL SIMPLE magazine
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T. Honey + a bit more
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
Heat grill to medium high heat. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, honey and Worcestershire sauce; set aside.
Slice the chicken lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips. Thread each strip onto skewers. Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly oil the grill. Cook the chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Bast with ketchup mixture during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
Yep, that's it! How easy it that?