…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? To change things up, I like to make skewered dinners with any kind of meats—beef, pork or chicken. If you decide to have a skewered dinner, always remember to cook your meat and vegetables on separate skewers. Meats and veggies cook at different rates, and it is best to keep them separate to ensure each cooks properly.
You can use small 5-inch (or larger) bamboo skewers. I cook these skewers in a large non-stick sauté pan because of the amount of honey in the marinade. It will make a mess on your grill and I hate cleaning up stuck sugars on grills. This will make clean-up so much easier.
This luscious honey-balsamic chicken recipe makes a great appetizer or a main dish over rice. The Worcestershire adds the taste of salt. If you have soy sauce that will work just as well—just watch the sodium (salt) level. After the chicken is cooked through, lightly baste with a little extra honey to caramelize it a little longer for an extra touch of sweetness.
Evidence of the prehistoric use of skewers dates as far back as the Lower Paleolithic, and has been found at a 300,000-year-old site in Schöningen, Germany. A stick with a burnt tip was found to have been used to cook meat over a fire. That said, Iraq lays claim to the kebab among many other Middle Easterners who believe they invented it. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Marinade time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook time: 8 to 10 minutes (4 to 5 minutes a side)
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
6 chicken thighs; skinless, boneless, trimmed
For the marinade
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons onion powder
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
4 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (Asian-style)
For the topping
Sesame seeds for sprinkling on top
Extra honey for basting
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