A Note From KristinNothing says summer quite like a grilled meal of meat and veggies. Today, I'm excited to welcome Erin From Eat Real, Stay Sane. Erin and her husband, Cameron, blog about real food. She's stopping by Live Simply to fire-up the grill and serve a delicious set of kabobs. I know you'll fall in love with this simple summer meal and Erin's fun personality, so make sure you stop by and visit her blog after the delicious recipe.
Everyone has a family member that cooks food like they should be hosting a cooking show or running a restaurant, right? Mine is my aunt Nancy.
When my husband, Cameron, and I were engaged, we went to Aunt Nancy’s for a family get-together. And, to no one’s surprise, there were mounds of fantastic food. And also to no one’s surprise, Cameron ate more than a small family by himself.
When we showed up, one whiff of the sweet and tangy chicken shish kabobs on the grill let us know we were in for a treat. The chicken was extremely juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. I’m a big fan of grilling because I love that little smoky flavor it gives food. Plus, charred edges make me unreasonably happy.
Last year for Cameron’s birthday, I threw him a surprise birthday party and gave him a grill. The fact that it was a surprise is a miracle because for some reason he always figures out what I’m getting him.
Now that we’re beautifully in the middle of summer again, I remembered that amazing kabob meal and decided it was time to fire up our newish grill again. I called up my aunt to get her amazing recipe (which she folded up and snail mailed to me… awesome, right?) and now you get to reap the delicious rewards also.
One amazing thing about eating real food (and the way I convinced my husband to join me) is the fact that you can take any recipe and change out ingredients for their wholesome substitutes. For example, this recipe called for 7-up but I switched it out for orange juice. Food can still be amazing even without junk ingredients!
This Sweet Chicken Kabobs recipe definitely has some assembly required, but it’s easy to turn it into a fun event by letting everyone create their own combinations.
One disclaimer: resist the urge to make skewers entirely of pineapple. Wait, why am I saying this? It’s already a major summer goal of mine to remake this recipe with about 20 skewers of only pineapple. I’m convinced there’s nothing more to life.
Whether you decide to become a pineappleivore or not, here’s the recipe. Enjoy!
- 12 skewers
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 2.5 lbs organic chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups organic or fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp ginger (fresh or powdered)
- 1 cup organic, naturally-fermented soy sauce (where to buy)
- 1⁄4 tsp garlic powder
- 1⁄2 purple onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small pineapple, chopped
- 1 small yellow squash, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced
- Other veggie possibilities – cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, potatoes
- Mix orange juice and spices together for marinade.
- Chop chicken and vegetables into big bite-sized chunks.
- Separate chicken and vegetables into containers and pour in marinade. Make sure you leave out the pineapple.
- Let vegetables and chicken marinate for 18-24 hours, flipping containers or stirring food every few hours. If using wood skewers make sure to soak those in water a couple of hours before grilling to prevent burning.
- Right before skewering, chop the pineapple and drop into the marinade with the veggies. Assemble kebabs with desired combination of chicken, pineapple, and/or vegetables.
- Grill shish kabobs on low-medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip over and cook for 10 more
- minutes or until chicken is completely cooked. Baste during grilling with leftover marinade.
- Serve immediately with rice.
Erin Smith blogs with the husband over at Eat Real Stay Sane. She’s abnormally obsessed with peanut butter, teddy bears, and science fiction. Also, she will accept any picture of border collie puppies. Or real border collies. Follow her on Facebook and her blog.
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