Special Chicken Skewers: Football Foodie Kickoff
Recipe type: main, grilled
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Serves: 5-6
  • 2½ - 3 pounds of boneless chicken, cut into 1-2 inch pieces, preferably a mix of thigh and breast meat or all thigh meat
  • 8 tablespoons of butter (1 stick), melted
  • juice of three good sized lemons, strained (approximately 8-9 tablespoons of lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, measured and then crushed into a fine powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne (optional)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (about ½-1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon ground pepper)
  • Metal skewers or wood skewers soaked in water for at least an hour
  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl or in a glass roasting dish.
  2. Mix together the butter, lemon juice, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cayenne, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour over the chicken and toss until the meat is completely coated.
  4. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least two to three hours, up to overnight.
  5. When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium high.
  6. While the grill is heating, thread the chicken on the skewers, discarding the extra marinade. If using a mix of white and dark meat, try to alternate the pieces so the fat of the dark meat can help keep the white meat moist while grilling.
  7. Grill for about 2-4 minutes a side, rotating the skewers a quarter turn each time. The meat should feel firm to the touch when done.
  8. Let the chicken skewers rest for a couple of minutes and serve.
Prep time includes marinading time for chicken.
Recipe by sarah sprague at https://sarahsprague.com/2012/08/29/special-chicken-skewers-football-foodie-kickoff/