Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chicken Skewers with Oriental Dipping Sauce

We've got the perfect grilled chicken recipe just in time for Father's Day! The dads in your life will love these chicken tenders on a stick with a savory peanut butter sauce. Even the kids will enjoy it!

Ingredients for grilled chicken:
1lb of chicken tenderloins (or breast cut in strips)

Ingredients for Oriental Peanut sauce:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 finely chopped small yellow onion

2 garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of sherry
2 teaspoons of lime juice

Kitchen Essentials:
Cast iron grill or barbecue grill
Kitchen tongs
Cutting board
Measuring cups and spoons
Bamboo skewers
Small stainless steel pot
Wooden spoon

Serving bowl and plate
Aluminum foil

Place the wooden skewers in water about an hour before grilling in order to avoid burning the wood. Finely chop the garlic and yellow onion and set aside. Peel the ginger root and grate. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and lime.

Directions for Oriental Peanut sauce:
Make the sauce ahead of time and store in the fridge. When its time to grill the chicken, allow the sauce to come to room temperature and enjoy! To start, turn on your stove to medium heat and add the olive oil and sesame oil to the small stainless steel pot. Allow the oil to get hot and then add yellow onion and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add the chopped garlic and grater ginger. Cook for an additional minutes. While mixing, add the red wine vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, sherry, ketchup, brown sugar and peanut butter. Continue mixing for 1 to 2 minutes until it fully incorporated. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.

Directions for Chicken:
Once the chicken is seasoned with salt, pepper and lime, place the wooden skewers into the center of each piece. Heat your cast iron skillet or barbecue to medium-low heat. Place the chicken and cook for about 9 to 10 minutes on each side. You want nice grill marks on the chicken, so do move the chicken around too much.

Cooking times for the chicken may vary due to the thickness. Cut into the thickest part of the chicken tenderloin or breast to ensure it is fully cooked. Removed from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes covered in aluminum foil. Serve with dipping sauce.

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