Thursday, May 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers


Today for dinner we knocked out the rest of our frozen chicken and peanut butter all in one shot. Accompanied by teriyaki rice and corn, it made a pretty tasty meal!



In our Taste of Home Backyard Grilling book we found a great recipe for Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers. It's an easy recipe, but a bit messy for the grill.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage (we skipped this)
  • sliced green onion tops (we skipped this also)
1. In a saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until smooth. Reserve half the sauce.
  • I have found that it's easiest to use a whisk, especially since natural peanut butter at the bottom of the jar was anything but runny when I tried mixing it all together!
2. Slice chicken length-wise into 1-inch strips; thread onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. 
  • Soak your skewers so the chicken doesn't stick when you try to remove them.
  • The first time I tried this recipe, I skewered the chicken in a zig-zag or ribbon-like way instead of just straight through. Straight through is much easier!

3. Grill, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 2 minutes; turn and brush with peanut butter sauce. Continue turning and basting for 4-6 minutes or until juices run clear.



4. (optional) Place cabbage on a serving plate; top with chicken. Sprinkle with onion tops. Serve with reserved sauce. 

Yields 4 servings.

Edited to add: Spray the grill with cooking spray first to cut down on the sticking. Afterward my husband used the spray to inflame the heat and flames and burn off everything that had gotten stuck to the grill. It works well. 



The skewers were delicious with rice and corn. A little funny with teryaki rice (Uncle Ben's--not that great, but it was in the cupboard), but not bad. They were quite spicy and excellent with a glass of cold milk!

Happy eating!