Ever since I moved into my new place about a year ago, I've been eager to make more use of the patio and its grills. I was envious as I saw people taking advantage of the beautiful weather.... sunbathing on the rooftop while sipping drinks, while I was "stuck' indoors finishing up some work...That's when I decided, today was the perfect day for a nice relaxing, summer barbecue and break for working so hard this past week.
I was contemplating between burgers and kabobs, but since I've already experimented with burgers, I knew making chicken kabobs would be a lot of fun. For this recipe, I used a variety of my favorite colorful vegetables. To add to this great meal, I made a colorful mango salsa to go with the kabobs since I had some nice green mangos. It was del-i-cious! I couldn't ask for better grill out. Feel free to add more spice if you like things extra spicy like me!
Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
· 1 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into 1” cubes
· 1 small zucchini cut into 1" diameter sliced
· ½ red onion cut into triangles
· ½ red bell pepper quartered
· ½ green bell pepper quartered
· 5 button mushrooms
In this marinade, I used oil preferably because it allows the flavor of the spices to penetrate the meat. You can use canola oil or another vegetable oil, but Extra-virgin olive oil naturally contains monoglycerides and is a good choice for marinades because it is a natural emulsifier. However, if you want to cut the calories, you can substitute with a juice like lemon or orange or even replace half the oil with water....
· 2-3 T olive oil or
· 1.5 T red wine vinegar
· 1 tsp Chili Powder
· ½ tsp Paprika
· ½ tsp Onion Powder
· ½ tsp Garlic Powder
· 1 Tbsp. lime juice or 1 lime juiced
· ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (halve for less heat)
· ¼ tsp salt
Whisk marinade together and in a Tupperware or Ziploc bag marinade chicken. Let it marinade about half an hour to an hour in the fridge.
After marinating, skewer veggies and chicken pieces. I used about 4 pieces of chicken per skewer, mixed with assortment of veggies. I ended up making 5 skewers. Discard any leftover marinade.
· 1 firm mango diced
· 1/3 cup minced cilantro
· ¼ cup minced red onion
· ½ jalapeno
· Sprinkle of salt to taste
· Squirt of lime juice or about ½ lime
Mix ingredients and chill until ready to serve (at least 2 hours).
I hope you guys really enjoy this meal. I know "B" and I had a great time barbecuing and preparing this meal together. It was really simple and the taste was over the top!!!