Many people will tell you that summer is short in Western New York! We try to cram a lot of fun into a couple of months. So you can imagine, arriving home around 5:30 or 6:00, I do not want to spend too much time making dinner. I have many “go-to recipes” that I use in the summer that are delicious, easy to make, and are healthy. My Chicken Kabobs recipe is one Greg and I have perfected over the years. We have experimented with different ingredients and marinades and this is one of our favorites. I dice the vegetables and chicken the night before putting the chicken in the marinade before I leave for work. This allows me to quickly assemble the Kabobs once I get home, while at the same time Greg preheats the grill, and then I place the rice in the rice cooker.
In about 20-minutes we can have dinner on the table preserving as much of the evening as possible for out-doors fun!
We recently added the sweet onions as it caramelizes nicely on the grill. It is a nice substitute for onion rings – which I must admit I adore. But not the fat content! Instead of zucchini we might substitute fresh mushrooms, as my husband loves them. But remember they do reduce when heated; consider grilling them on their own skewer.
We use a metal skewer since they are dishwasher safe and I do not need to remember to soak them like the wooden ones. But be careful, as I have stabbed myself many times when assembling them. I also have a fancy skewer that is spiral in nature. It presents very nicely for dinner parties. But good luck threading the chicken and vegetables and getting them off easily! So I switched back to the traditional, straight metal skewers! Sometimes fancy introduces more problems than it is worth!
We added thick bacon to help the flare-up to char the chicken and vegetables. However, we do not eat the bacon since it is high in fat and removing it at the end allows this to be a healthy meal. While we are grilling the kabobs I make my rice in my rice cooker. This way I can be outside enjoying a glass of wine with my husband instead of watching rice cook on the stovetop!
Ingredients I like to use….
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
Green, yellow, and/ or red bell pepper (cut into big cubes)
Sweet Onion, cubed
Thick Bacon sliced – roll each individual slice
Metal or bamboo skewers (bamboo skewers need to be soaked in cold water for 30-minutes)
Hot cooked rice
2 Tbsp Olive Oil and/or Grapeseed Oil
Assorted herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley
A few timesaving tips I hope will help you….
You can use basting oil that already has the herbs and spices mixed together. I like to mix the vegetables with the oil mixture in a sealed container. That way you can shake the vegetables and oil mixture together to better coat them. Plus you will use less of the oil mixture!
To quickly put this meal together after work, you can prepare your vegetables ahead of time and then toss them with the oil mixture just before assembling. In addition, look for a marinade that you can pour over the chicken before going to work and leave it marinade until you assemble them.
You can prepare these ahead of time and then grill for dinner or for a dinner party!
Here is how I prepare the meal… but feel free to experiment….
Rinse chicken, and cut the chicken into small cubes, pat dry and marinate for six or more hours. Prepare oil mixture and toss vegetables with the mixture just before preparing the kabobs for grilling.
Thread one piece of pepper, zucchini, onion, chicken, one rolled-slice of bacon, chicken onto a metal skewer or bamboo skewer and repeat until the skewer is complete. You can thread the ingredients in any order; I prefer placing the bacon next to the chicken to allow it to get charred when grilling. Add remaining ingredients and make four skewers. Set aside. (Throw out left over marinade.)
Preheat the grill to medium-high and grill the chicken kabobs.
Grill about 15 – 20 minutes until meat it cooked through. Periodically turn the kabobs so they evenly cook and char on all sides. Serve hot over rice and enjoy! This meal is wonderful on its own and can also be served with BBQ sauce.