Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kabob Night

I grew up loving kabobs.  We used to make them year-round on our outdoor and indoor grill and to this day not a week goes by when I don't crave them.  When yesterday's craving set in, I made Chicken and Veggie Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Peanut Sauce from Bibby's Backyard BBQ and it was absolutely delightful.   The meal is hearty, delicious, and comforting and is perfect for a weeknight meal or else entertaining guests.  I served mine with whole wheat couscous and grilled pita on the side and my only regret is that I didn't make extra for leftovers.

Chicken and Veggie Skewers with Homemade Peanut and Tzatziki Sauce:
Serves 4:

Chicken Kabobs:
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp oregano

Whisk together all of the ingredients, besides the chicken, in a large bowl.  Add the chicken and toss to coat. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours before grilling.
*If you're using wooden or bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling.  When ready to grill, place on a pre-heated grill and cook for about 7-10 minutes per side until done. 

Veggie Kabobs:
1 cup chopped peppers
1 cup chopped red onion chunks
1 cup button mushrooms
1 cup zucchini chunks
1 cup cherry tomatoes

Thread veggies on skewers.  Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Cook on a grill until all veggies are lightly charred all over, about 10 minutes.  Serve alongside chicken kabobs.

Tzatziki Sauce:
1 1/2 cups greek yogurt
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 heaping tsp minced garlic
1 tsp lemon
1 green onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp oregano
salt/pepper to taste

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate for 2-8 hours before serving

Peanut Sauce:
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup-1/2 cup warm water

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl.  Add the water last to thin out the sauce.  You may not need all of it.  Serve at room temperature.

Serve with couscous and grilled pita

If you're like me and don't have access to an outdoor grill, be sure to invest in this Calphalon Nonstick Grill Pan.  I use it for everything!

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