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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers

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When I’m devising a marinade, I always taste it to ensure the flavor and seasoning are all in line with expectations. It’s not uncommon for a marinade to get pushed in a directions that makes it taste a bit overboard on its own, but that’s often needed because flavors will get diminished when the marinade is adorning its subject and has been cooked. There have been some marinades though that I try and think, “I’d eat that with a spoon.” I don’t think I’ve actually developed a recipe though where the marinade purposefully did double duty as a meat seasoning and dip, so I figured I might as well give that shot and see how it works out. In the case of these jalapeño-lime chicken skewers, the answer was, surprisingly well.

The trickiest part of this recipe was finding the right balance to the sauce so it would taste good as a dip, but also have enough flavor to work as a marinade. To achieve that, I started with tangy Greek yogurt as a base since that seemed like a good direction for a dual purpose sauce. I pureed the yogurt in a blender with cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and zest. The result was a sauce that had a good hit of heat, hefty tang, and appealing green hue. The cumin and garlic also gave it some extra depth and nuance that I may have dialed up if this would have been used a marinade alone, but I knew would come out in the final dish after the chicken was dipped in the sauce.

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Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Once I had the sauce settled, I took to the task of cubing up chicken for the skewers. I advocate for chicken thighs for this use in most instance because the added flavor and fat in the dark meat adds insurance to ending with juicy results. The only place breasts actually do better than thighs in this application is they cube up more nicely—for the thighs, I sometimes have to cut longer strips that I then fold over on the skewer to arrive at a more cube-like shape.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

After the chicken was prepped, I moved it into a medium bowl and poured in roughly half the sauce. I tossed that to ensure the chicken was all well coated, then covered, and set it in the fridge. While the marinade had a fair amount of lime juice, the citric acid doesn’t have such a drastic effect on the texture of the meat that it can’t be left to marinate overnight. The marinade doesn’t need that long though to do its work and I only let mine rest in the fridge for about six hours—prepping it in the morning and then cooking it in the mid-afternoon.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

When the time came to grill, I skewered up the chicken and then lit a full chimney of coals. After letting the grill preheat, I placed the skewers over direct, high heat and let them cook. At the start, they stuck to the grates with might, but as they seared, the meat began to release and I was able to begin flipping.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

I had to deal with some sticking still here and there, but nothing that a little extra scrape with the tongs couldn’t handle. As each side was more evenly seared, I was able to move the chicken around easier, at which point I flipped and turned them more regularly so they would be well browned and cooked through all over. You can always test doneness with an instant-read thermometer—you’re looking for between 160 to 165°F—but I found for this recipe, once everything was well browned, the chicken was definitely done, which took about ten minutes of grilling time total.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Following the glamour shots, I verified chicken itself had a very nice flavor. The marinade definitely was on the lighter side, but the brightness of the lime and cilantro came through along with a bit of earthiness from the cumin and fruitiness from the jalapeño, but with very little heat. That mellow, yet effective, flavor got a big boost after a dip in the reserved sauce, which brought in a lot of what was already happening, but in a more pronounced way that also delivered a nice spiciness which was balanced by the cooling yogurt. It definitely made a good case that a sauce can do dual work as a marinade and dip given the right attention to detail.

Published on Thu Sep 9, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 Minutes
  • Inactive 4 Hours
  • Cook 10 Minutes
  • Total 4 Hours 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
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  • 2lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Metal or bamboo skewers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Procedure

  1. To make the marinade: Place yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, lime zest, soy sauce, cumin, and brown sugar in the jar of a blender. Puree until all ingredients are very finely chopped and sauce is green and smooth. Transfer 1/2 of sauce to a medium bowl, add in cubed chicken, and to evenly coat. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours to overnight. Transfer remaining sauce to an airtight container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers so each piece is touching the next.
  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and center of meat registers between 160-165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 10 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with reserved sauce for dipping.

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By: meatmaster@meatwave.com (Joshua Bousel)
Title: Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers
Sourced From: meatwave.com/recipes/grilled-jalapeno-lime-chicken-skewers-recipe
Published Date: 09/09/21

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5 Tips to BEST BURGERS! | Make the best Homemade Grilled Burgers using these tips!

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In this video I will show you how to MAKE THE BEST BURGERS on your Grill, Smoker or any Cooker using IMPORTANT Tips which I’ve compiled from years of trial and error! I cook these burgers on a Weber Genesis Gas Grill but you can do this on ANY cooker ANY style that you prefer such as hot/fast, low/slow etc. Thank you for watching!

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Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers and Chicken Thighs Grilled Recipes

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Grilled chicken thighs are tender and juicy. The dry rub you use on the thighs helps them absorb the flavor of the grill. You can use parsley, cilantro, or a combination of both. The thighs should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken thighs vary in thickness, so be sure to check the thickness when you choose a cooking method. You should also consider the amount of fat each piece has. Skin-on thighs are usually higher in fat than boneless ones. Bone-in skin-on thighs will cook more quickly, but may need some minor adjustments. The thickness of the chicken also affects the cooking time.

If using skin-on chicken thighs, start by placing them on the hot side of the grill. This will prevent the skin side from burning. Turn them over after five minutes and cook the other side. This will prevent flare-ups caused by drainage of fat. Move the chicken to a different side of the grill every five minutes to let it sear.

Another great way to prepare chicken thighs is to brace them. This method will give the meat a crispy skin and juicy meat. You can also cook the thighs in the oven or skillet. Just be sure to check the temperature to make sure they are cooked all the way through. After this step, your chicken thighs will be ready to eat!

Chicken thighs grilled recipes are great for dinner parties and barbecues, and you can make them ahead of time for easy meal prep. You can also store leftovers in an airtight container. A salad or fried rice would be the perfect complement to your chicken thighs. You can also marinate the chicken thighs a day in advance if you like. If you do not have time to do so, you can make the marinade ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

When it comes to grilling chicken thighs, it is important to remove moisture. Doing so will give you a crispy skin and tender insides. After that, you can place the chicken thighs on a grill and cook them for five to seven minutes on each side. When the thighs are done, they can be served with salad or wrapped in bread. If you do not serve them immediately, you can reheat them in the microwave or air fryer using bbq sauce.

Chicken thighs should be brushed with olive oil and seasoned on both sides. After that, you can place them on the grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Once done, remove the chicken from the gill and let it rest for 5 to ten minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean a Charcoal Grill?

Remove any food residue and clean the grill thoroughly with water. Always heat your grill to at least halfway before using it. If grease builds up on the grates, you can scrape it off with a metal spatula. Once cleaned, wipe down the grates with a damp cloth.

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You can also scrub grates with a piece of wire mesh if you don’t have a grillbrush. After cleaning, rinse the grates.

How do you keep a charcoal grill lit.

To keep a charcoal grill lit, you need to light the coals first, then place them into the grill. This is easiest to do with a chimney starter. The chimney starter is a tube made of metal filled with charcoal briquettes. When ignited, hot air rises through the chimney to ignite the charcoal in the grill.

What is the distinction between a charcoal grill and a smoker, you ask?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is an appliance that uses smoke to prepare food.

Grills are used for grilling meats, vegetables and seafood. Smokers are commonly used to smoke meats and cheeses as well as fruits and vegetables.

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There are many kinds of grills. Some are better suited for certain types of foods than others. A pellet grill is suitable for large cuts of beef, while a kettle barbecue is more suitable to grill steaks and breasts.

How to Keep a Charcoal Cooker Hot.

The bottom half of a charcoal grill should be filled with coals. Once the lid is on, heat the top. This is a great way to grill steaks, chicken breasts and fish fillets.

For larger items such whole chickens or pork shoulders, ribs and briskets you should place these items directly on the grill. If you’re cooking smaller items such as shrimp, scallops, salmon, and other delicate foods, you can cover them with foil.

You should not leave the lid on a charcoal grill for too long. You can cause your food to be unevenly cooked if you leave the lid too open.

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How To

How to Make a Perfect Steak

The perfect steak is one that has been marinated, grilled, and then served immediately. Here’s how to extract the maximum flavor from your steak.

1. Marinate the steak overnight with equal amounts of red wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Let the steak sit in this mixture for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat a grill to high heat. The marinade should be removed from the steak and rubbed dry.

3. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Place the steak onto the grill. Close the cover. The steak should be grilled for 5 minutes each side until it reaches a temperature of 120°F (49°C).

4. Transfer the steak to your cutting board. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the grain thinly. Serve immediately

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What to Serve With Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Thighs

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Lemongrass chicken is a delicious Asian-style chicken dish that is both healthy and gluten-free. It takes only 25 minutes to prepare and hits all the right notes for a satisfying meal. Its flavor is savory and slightly sweet, making it perfect for noodle bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

To make this dish, you will need chicken breast meat, lemongrass, and sugar. You can chop lemongrass into a fine pulp or use one clove of garlic. Leave the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, but longer is better. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and fry for about four minutes on each side. When the chicken is cooked, it will release its juices.

Lemongrass adds a zesty lemon flavor to chicken and is versatile in a variety of recipes. First, prepare the lemongrass. Trim it at the base and top. Next, grate or chop it. Next, make a lemongrass sauce by combining the lemongrass with ginger, garlic, and honey. Then, add the chicken to the sauce. Cook for thirty to sixty minutes. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavourful it will be.

You can use a blender or food processor to grind lemongrass. The yellow stems are more tender than the green stalks, so you can grind them finely to add to your chicken. Lemongrass leaves and roots can also be used in stews and soups. Lemongrass stalks and leaves are usually discarded after harvest, but you can save them and use them in other recipes. They’re also inexpensive.

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb used in many Vietnamese dishes. It’s used to flavor chicken and other dishes, such as rice porridge and certain soups. It also imparts a deep red color to the marinade. It’s easy to make, too, and can be made at home quickly.

Lemongrass Chicken is an excellent weeknight meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and is packed with flavor. It’s a great way to add a touch of exotic flair to your meals. With its delicious citrus flavor and a low-fat recipe, it’s a delicious and healthy meal for the entire family. You can make this dish at home without any special equipment, and it’ll be ready in 15 minutes.

Once marinated, the chicken should be cooked. Depending on the type of chicken, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. After cooking, the chicken should rest for at least 5 minutes. Then, garnish with fresh cilantro or edible flowers. You can also serve the chicken with a side of extra lime juice for additional flavor.

To cook chicken with lemongrass, heat two tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet until it is 170degC (340degF). After adding the chicken pieces to the skillet, stir fry the chicken over high heat until it reaches a golden brown color. When it reaches 165degF, remove it from the heat and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Set Up and Light a Charcoal Grill?

Charcoal grills come with one or both electric and charcoal options. While they’re easier to use than charcoal barbecues, electric grills don’t produce the same heat. You’ll also find that electric grills tend to cost less than charcoal grills.

First, place charcoal on the bottom of the grill to ignite a charcoal barbecue. Then add wood chips or chunks to the firebox. To distribute the coals evenly over the grill’s surface, heat them up with tongs. Once the coals start burning, remove the cover and wait until they are completely extinguished.

How to Start an Electric Grill

A reliable supplier must be able to sell quality equipment at an affordable price in order to set up an electric grill. The first step is to decide what kind of grill you want to purchase. Next, consider the space available for the grill and where it will be placed. Finally, decide whether gas or electric. The last thing you need to decide is whether you want to use propane or charcoal grills.

How do you start a Propane or Gas Grill

Propane grills are among the easiest to use. It is easy to fill up your propane tank, ignite the grill, then wait for your food. Cooking with propane is simple. There are no oil splatters, grease accumulation, or flare-ups.

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Propane tanks can also be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. These tanks come in sizes from 20 to 60 gallons.

What is the difference of a barbecue and a smoker?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is a device that uses smoke to cook food.

Grills can be used to grill meats, vegetables, fish and seafood as well as poultry and breads. Smokers are used to smoke meats, cheeses and fruits.

There are many options for grills today. Each grill is better for different food types. A pellet grill is great for large cuts of meat; a kettle grill works well for chicken breasts and steaks.

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How To

Grilled Chicken: Tips

Grill chicken breasts whole or cut into strips. The thicker the breast, the longer it takes to cook.

To avoid burning the outside of the chicken, use a barbecue mitt to hold the chicken while you flip it.

Remove the skin from the chicken before grilling to ensure tender and juicy meat.

Grill chicken by coating both sides with vegetable oils. Then season each piece with salt or black pepper.

Cover the grill with the chicken. Turn the chicken once or twice in the first 15 minutes.

Check the chicken after 15 minutes. If the chicken looks well done, you can continue to grill it. Otherwise, you can transfer it to indirect heat.

Turn the chicken every 10 minutes. Continue grilling until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife.

Place the chicken on a platter.

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