Balsamic Vinegar & Honey Chicken Skewers

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My car needed new front brakes so I took it to the mechanic today, and brought my bike to ride the 6 miles home.  The guy at the front desk asked if I needed a ride, I said ‘no, I’m going to ride my bike’ – he replied with, ‘next time you can use one of ours!’.  How very cool (and very Boulder) that my mechanic has several bikes that their customers can use!!

Onto this recipe.  As I’ve been saying in post after post, it’s summer so I have been grilling & using summer fruits and veggies – this recipe is no exception.  The balsamic vinegar & honey added a nice light touch of flavor to the chicken, and the quinoa & strawberry, goat cheese and nut salad were both a perfect compliment.

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serves 4

time: about 1 hour (marinade the night before)

Chicken Marinade Ingredients:

2.5 good sized boneless & skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced, plus more for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salad Ingredients:
strawberries
spinach
goat cheese
mixed seasoned/sugared nuts
I also used a cup of dried quinoa, cook according to package directions.

Directions:

  1. The night before.  Cut off any extra fat from the chicken breasts and then cut into 1 inch chunks and place in a gallon ziplock bag.
  2. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together and pour into the gallon bag with the chicken.  Mush around and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The day of.  Soak 3-4 wooden skewers in a shallow dish filled with water while getting the grill, quinoa and salad ready.
  4. Right before the grill is ready, thread the chicken pieces onto the water-soaked wooden skewers.
  5. Place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook until no longer pink, turning over so all sides get charred.
  6. Wash and slice a good few handfuls of ripe strawberries, place on top of washed spinach.  Crumble goat cheese and throw a handful of mixed seasoned/sugared nuts on top
  7. Eat with your favorite beer, because it’ll make it that much better!

 

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Chicken with Honey Chipotle Sauce

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serves 4

Honey Chipotle Sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil (a little under 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup peanut oil

one can of chipotles in adobo sauce, chop chipotle chiles (less than a whole can if you don’t want a lot of spice)

3-4 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

1 tablespoon regular yellow mustard

salt & pepper

Other Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts, cut into thick strips

1 1/2 – 2 cups uncooked quinoa, with enough water to cook per direction

1 avocado, sliced

cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise

cilantro, chopped finely

2 limes

green onions, sliced

cranberries

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Directions:

1. Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl, add the sliced chicken stir and cover and let sit for at least 2 hours.

2. Cook the quinoa per the package directions.

3. Fork the chicken into a hot skillet and cook (or alternatively on a grill), pour the marinade into a saucepan and heat/bring to a soft boil.

4. Slice all of the veggies.

5. Once the quinoa and chicken are cooked, spoon the quinoa onto each dish, place the chicken on top of the quinoa, spoon some of the heated marinade of the chicken and sprinkle with the vegetables.  Enjoy!

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