Grilled Honey Orange Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Cilantro Salsa

Grilled Honey Orange Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Cilantro Salsa - A savory and light dish with tons of flavor and a hit of refreshment from the oranges and cucumbers.

Recipe: Grilled Honey Orange Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Cilantro Salsa

Summary: A savory and light dish with tons of flavor and a hit of refreshment from the oranges and cucumbers.

Ingredients

  • Honey Orange Chicken:
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Stoli Ohranj vodka
  • 1 tablespoon Stoli Sticki vodka
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 6 chives, minced fine
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ red onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • Cucumber-Orange-Cilantro Salsa:
  • ½ large orange, chopped fine
  • ½ cucumber, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 chives, minced fine
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced fine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Honey Orange Chicken:

  1. Cut chicken into large chunks and set aside.
  2. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least an hour before using (or simply use metal skewers to make your life easier).
  3. Combine next 11 ingredients (orange juice through S&P) in a large mixing bowl, add chicken and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from fridge and let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Thread marinated chicken, red onion and bell peppers onto skewers (should make at least 4 large or 5 medium skewers).
  7. Grill chicken skewers about 10-12 minutes until cooked through (internal temperature should read 165 degrees), turning once.
  8. Serve with Cucumber-Orange-Cilantro and grilled pita or flatbread.

Cucumber-Orange-Cilantro Salsa:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add diced cucumber, orange pieces, fresh cilantro, chives and diced jalapeno.
  2. Add olive oil and vinegar, and S&P to taste, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Serve on top of grilled chicken skewers or on the side.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4 – 6

Recipe and Photo:  The Artful Gourmet / CC BY-NC-ND

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