1-2-3 Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers
There are so many things to love about the food culture in San Antonio… amazing authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex and BBQ everywhere, not to mention a lot of wonderful ethnic places hidden around in little nooks and crannies. I’m a fan, and it’s one of the best parts about moving to a new place: discovering the food. Detroit (or more specifically, Dearborn) taught me about Chicken Shawarma and Crushed Red-Lentil Soup, and San Antonio is teaching me a variety of new things that will be highlighted on this blog soon, you can bet on it! This recipe isn’t particularly Texan, or native to San Antonio, but it does represent a clear part of San Antonio culture: cooking outside. While friends in the midwest are talking about sleet and snow, we’ve been grilling outside for months now. (Thanks to my friend C for upgrading our smoky joe to a great little propane grill we love so very much.)
This marinade takes five minutes (or less) to whip up and is well worth the effort. For my friends who love spicy (hot) foods, I’d add some Siracha or red pepper flakes (or both) to this. Our version was the Elias friendly “zero alarm” version… no heat whatsoever (sigh.)
A couple of notes:
- The reason I called this 1-2-3 Grilled honey lime chicken is because, when there are two babies pawing and crawling at my feet at the end of the day I don’t really feel like chasing down a recipe. I love recipes I can memorize, and this one is very easy to memorize (1 T oil, 2 T honey, 3 T soy sauce + juice of one lime, some garlic and cilantro, S+P, done! If that helps you, yay! If you’re a recipe guy or gal, well, just print it out.)
- I should have oiled my grill grates a little bit for this one. The chicken stuck, but it still turned out ok
- Other than the fact that it looks cool and is fun to eat, there’s no reason why this can’t just be made as grilled chicken breasts. (Although I suppose that cutting the chicken in to cubes makes for better surface area for the marinade.
Give it a try. Can’t wait to share some more fun grilled recipes.
Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers
1 T vegetable oil
2 T honey
3 T soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T chopped cilantro (optional)
Juice of one lime
1 – 1 1/2 pounds chicken, cut into cubes
1. Whisk all ingredients (except chicken) together in a shallow pan
2. Add chicken and toss to coat.
3. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour
4. When it’s time to cook the chicken, soak wooden skewers for 5 minutes in water, and then thread the chicken on the skewers
5. Grill for 6-8 minutes per side over medium high heat