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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

{Apple Soy Chicken with Fruity Kebabs}

Grilling season is here... yes!!!!  Which means Summer is here... double yes!!!! I would grill every single day of the year if I could, thats how much I love it!  But when you live in Minnesota, and you experience negative 500 degrees below zero half the year (yes that is a large exaggeration), that really isn't a possibility!  So, I will just try to cram as much grilling into the nice months of weather we get here!

So now lets talk about this Apple Soy Chicken and these amazing fruity kebabs!  Let's talk chicken first and just for the record this chicken is delicious; juicy, full of flavor and slightly sweet!  And when you pair this chicken with delicious fruity kebabs that have been smothered in a delicious cilantro lime vinaigrette this meal just screams summer!  I made this dish while I was home at my parents last week!  My dad the grill master grilled the chicken using a nice hickory smoke chip, I think that just upped the flavor of the marinade!  If you have leftovers (which we did) chop up the chicken and toss in a salad along with the remaining grilled veggies and pineapple from the fruity kebabs!  Makes a great lunch!

Apple Soy Chicken with Fruity Kebabs
Brunch N'Cupcakes
Serves 4


Chicken (feeding more? double the chicken)
1 Lb Chicken Breast (About one pack) 
Salt, Pepper an Garlic Powder

For Chicken Marinade (you can easily double the marinade to feed more!):
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar 
1 Tablespoon Honey 
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce 
1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce 

For Fruity Kebabs: Makes about 6 Kebabs:
1 Red Pepper - Cut into 1 Inch Chunks 
1 Red Onion - Cut into 1 Inch Chunks (or wedges) 
1/2 a Fresh Pineapple - About 2 Cups 

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette for Fruity Kebabs:
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro 
1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil 
Zest from One Lime 
Juice from One Lime 
1/4 Teaspoon Honey 
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar 
2 Tablespoons Water 


Grillin Prep:
1- Combine Chicken marinade ingredients in a large glass measuring cup whisk till combined and set aside.  Sprinkle chicken breast with salt, pepper and garlic powder (both sides).  Prick each chicken breast with a fork.  Place chicken breast in a large ziplock bag, pour marinade over chicken, seal and place in fridge.  Let chicken marinade for 2-4 hours (the longer the better)! 
2- Assemble the Kebabs - Layer in this order, repeating twice - Onion, Pineapple Red pepper.  Assemble 5 more kebabs in this order.  **Note if using wooden kebab skewers make sure you soak them in water for 30-60 minutes to avoid burnt skewers! Set assembled kebabs aside. 
3- In a small bowl whisk together Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette for Fruity Kebabs, set aside until kebabs have been grilled. 

Now for the grilling
1- Oil grill grates and heat grill to 400 degrees.  Start by grilling the chicken.  Place chicken on grill and grill for 6-8 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken and cover with tin foil to keep warm.  
2- Now to grill the kebabs - place kebabs on a grill.  Grill kebabs for about 6 minutes per side.  Remove kebabs from grill on brush with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.  

Now enjoy your grilled feast!


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