Indonesian Chicken Skewers

These chicken skewers scream summer! I think I can remember having them at just about every pool party we ever threw at my parent's farm. A big platter of these took center stage on the table. It may look like a lot of ingredients but don't be fooled they are actually super simple to make and the best part is you can fix them ahead of time! Just be casually putting them on the grill or in the oven when your guests arrive and them are sure to be blown away by the flavor when you serve em up!















Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of lime juice

a bunch of fresh cilantro

3 garlic cloves

8 green onions

2 sweet red bell peppers

1 Tablespoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of red pepper

Unshelled peanuts (optional)

You'll Need :

Wooden cooking skewers

Method:

Start with the marinade-Combine the peanut butter, chili sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, garlic (finely chopped), cilantro finely chopped (about a 1/3 cup), green onions finely chopped, salt, black and red pepper in a gallon zip block bag or large container with lid. Next cut the chicken breast into about 2 inch chunks and add to the marinade-make sure its fully submerged. Let it marinade in the fridge for one hour minimum to overnight. While its marinading take 8-12 cooking skewers and let them soak in water-this will prevent splintering when the skewers are cooking. Take the bell peppers and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Chop up more cilantro and peanuts if you wish to garnish. Now when the chicken has marinaded for at least an hour or more, its time to assemble the skewers. Take 2-3 cubes of chicken and thread onto the skewers than slide on a piece of bell pepper, repeat those steps again. Once you have all the skewers assembled they are ready to put on the grill over high heat. Turn them on the grill every 2-3 minutes or so. They are done when you cut into them and the juices run clear.

Oven method:

Preheat oven to broil on high. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Place the assembled skewers on the tray and in the oven. Leave to broil for about 5 minutes before flipping and putting back in for another 5 minutes. Make sure to cut in and check that the chicken is fully cooked through before serving.

Serving Suggestion:

Garnish with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Serve with rice pilaf, quinoa, veggies, or a big green salad.





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