Sizzle Up Some Barbequed Kabobs this Summer
Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 16:07
Summer, a time of year when people gather in their backyards to sip on cocktails, shoot the "ish", and grill up their favorite foods, is nearing closer every day. For me, the best part about the summer time is barbequing. Yeah it's cool to throw a few hot dogs and hamburgers onto the charcoal, smother them with mustard and ketchup and call it a day, but honestly where is the excitement? Wanting to take advantage of the beautiful weather and grill up something delicious and healthy, one thing came to mind..chicken kabobs! I had all the ingredients and it was perfect. I made a quick marinade, sliced up a few chicken breasts, peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and season everything accordingly. Step by step, first I soaked wooden skewers in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. It is important to do this so that the skewers don't burn or catch on fire once they are on the grill. Second I made a simple sweet and spicy marinade. In a large bowl I combined one cup of olive oil, one cup of orange juice and half a cup of soy sauce. To introduce a little spice to the mix, I diced up one medium sized jalapeno pepper. In addition, I minced six cloves of garlic and half of a red onion. Finally I seasoned it all with a few pinches of salt and pepper. The next step was to prep all the vegetables. I grabbed two green peppers, one red pepper, three medium sized tomatoes, one yellow onion and the second half of the red onion. I chopped everything up into bite sized pieces and set them aside until it was ready to assemble. The third step was to cut up four chicken breasts into bite sized pieces; preferably in one inch cubes.
Finally, it was time to assemble. I removed the wooden skewers from the water and began placing three cubes of chicken and a bunch of each vegetable on each. Finishing shortly after, I counted 15 kabobs. I put the kabobs in two large zip lock bags and poured the marinade over them, letting the ingredients get acquinted with each other for an hour in the refrigerator.
The hour was well worth the wait. I took the kabobs out of the refrigerator and got a huge whiff of all the flavors. I was excited for what was to come. Turning on the mini portable grill my housemates and I share, I portioned out the kabobs to be made in two batches. It was time! The kabobs cooked on medium high heat for eight minutes on each side. I would recommend rotating them four times during that period, only to keep them from burning and overcooking.
This was my first grill session of the season. The food was excellent and I didn't have to spend more than $25 on a meal which easily fed four people. My advice to everyone is to enjoy the summer with friends and family. Start grilling your favorite foods, whether it's chicken, steak, fish, vegetable or fruit. Get out there and master your grill!