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"OTCC: Tangy Chicken Skewers"
Posted by weltek on 09-09-10 at 12:51 PM
LAST EDITED ON 09-22-10 AT 02:27 PM (EST)

LAST EDITED ON 09-10-10 AT 08:11PM (EST)

I was all set to have you make Chicken Sate/Satay, but given the difficulty peeps seem to have this summer making the recipes, I decided to go with something simpler, but still in the vein of chicken on a stick. So, while this isn't fancy, it's a quick dinner. Pics will be posted over the weekend, as I've encountered some obstacles this week in getting myself in order.

This recipe is based on something Dave made on Top Chef Season 1. It can be made on the grill, or on your stovetop in an oiled pan.

Tangy Chicken Skewers

1 lb. chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. cumin
1 1/2 Tbsp. oregano
black pepper
5 Tbsp. honey (1 for marinade, 4 for sauce)
2 fresh oranges, juiced, or about 3/4 c. orange juice (used in both marinade and sauce)
1 Tbsp. vegetable, olive or canola oil
4 Tbsp. butter
Oil or cooking spray for skewers
Skewers (approximately five)

Optional (but highly recommended):
hot sauce and/or fresh, finely chopped hot pepper
about 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
orange zest

1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Mix cumin and oregano in small bowl.

3. Slice chicken breasts into strips (to eventually lace on skewers). Season strips liberally with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on cumin and oregano.

4. Mix 1/4 orange juice (and orange zest, optional, but highly worth it), 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. honey in a container or ziploc for marinating. Add chicken strips. Marinate for about 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, in a saucepan on your stove, mix butter, 4 Tbsp. honey, optional hot pepper or sauce, and about 1/2 orange juice in saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Cook about 10 minutes. You want it to be thick enough to stick to the chicken, but still be a "finishing sauce." Salt if needed.

6. Grease skewers with cooking oil or spray. Lace on chicken (I "weave" the slices on) and grill/cook. It only takes about 4 minutes per side, depending on how thin they are sliced. Keep a close eye on them.

7. Place finished skewers on plates or take off all the meat and place the chicken pieces, sans skewers, on a plate. Pour sauce over skewers. Top with fresh chopped cilantro, if desired.

ETA: This easily makes enough for four adults, and could stretch it to serve five.

-A Tribetastic Creation


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