Summer is a great time to take advantage of making fresh, flavourful and healthy meals grilled outdoors on the barbecue. Try these Grilled Lemon, Lime and Honey Chicken Skewers that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Recipe provided by New Zealand Gluten-Free Chef Jimmy Boswell, food writer, chef, food stylist; author of The New Zealand Gluten-Free Cookbook, Published by Penguin New Zealand. For more info on Jimmy, visit his Facebook page.
– 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves cut into 1cm (1/2 inch) cubes
– 1 1/2 tspns lemon pepper
– 1 tblspn fresh thyme finely diced
– 1/2 tspn sea salt
– 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
– 1/3 cup raw honey
– 200 grams lean bacon cut into 1cm (1/2 inch) pieces (optional)
– Zest of 1 large lemon
– Zest of 1 lime
In a large bowl add the cubed chicken and the rest of the ingredients except the bacon, and mix well ensuring all of the chicken cubes are well coated. Cover and rest over night in the fridge to marinade.
The next day soak plenty of bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour. This will ensure that they do not burn when you cook the skewers over a hot grill.
Take the chicken out of the fridge and let come to room temperature for at least 20 minutes before you assemble the skewers.
To assemble, start with a chicken cube then a piece of bacon and then continue chicken, bacon etc till you have a layered skewer about 100mm, 4 inches in of length on the skewer.
Continue loading skewers till you have used all the chicken and bacon.
Reserve the left over marinade to use as a baste when cooking. You can chill these covered on a flat plate until you are ready to cook. If you chill them take them out of the fridge for 20 minutes to come to room temperature before cooking.
BBQ – on a medium heat, for 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting every few minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, and bacon, if using, is crisp.
Serve with seasonal fresh salads.
Image / Jimmy Boswell