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Friday, May 25, 2007

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

We grill year round in good or not so good weather. Like the mailman rain, sleet or snow will not deter us from grilling! During the summer I use the grill much like an oven so any oven baked dish is fair game. Part of the fun of grilling is the creativity but our philosophy for the most part is KISS (keep it simple silly).

I had a craving for pineapple to the point I picked up a fresh one at the market even though I had no idea what to use it for. It sat nicely decorating the counter until the craving became stronger. Every time I caught a whiff of the pineapple smell the craving grew. So here's what I came up with.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Kabobs are just a fun way to grill and present food. They are perfect for entertaining as guests can assemble as they please. Simply set the components up in separate dishes and let your guests choose. Be sure the pieces are fairly similar in size for grilling times.

Wooden skewers are very inexpensive but because they are wood, they need to be soaked in water prior to using and they should be considered as disposable. I like leaving the grilled kabobs on the skewer for presentation. I used chicken pieces from the recent chicken session. These were about 1 inch pieces, three per kabob. Other ingredients included: red pepper, yellow pepper, whole mushrooms, red onions and fresh pineapple chunks. The kabobs were grilled on medium heat and brushed lightly with Italian dressing each time they were turned. The kabobs were served with arborio rice cooked in chicken stock, a dash of saffron then lightly stirred with butter along with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Yummy and oh so simple!

6 food lovers commented:

Mommy the Maid said...

I just want to say that your blog makes me so hungry! It also really inspires me to spend more (and much needed) time in my kitchen.

Garden Gnome said...

Hi mommy the maid. I love your nym having raised kids and still feel like a glorified maid some days :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I'm so glad you are enjoying it. Take care.

Marcia said...

I love that you grill year round! I wish I could do that.

Garden Gnome said...

Hi marcia! We have an outdoor natural gas grill along with two indoor electric grills. One electric is part of our stove and the other is a tabletop model. The best flavour is achieved using the gas grill but the electric grills do a nice job as well. The tabletop models are quite inexpensive and would allow you to grill year round.

Political Realm said...

Those look delicious. Good stuff, Gnome.

I had some delicious bbq in Kansas City last weekend and in a few weeks I'll be heading to a state grilling competition (just for the eats). I wish I could be grilling right now!

Garden Gnome said...

A grilling competition would be a lot of fun! The rib fests are starting around this area soon so I'm looking forward to that. All those ribs and so little time for taste testing...