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Ginger-Peanut Chicken/Pineapple Skewers Passed at the Party

February 15, 2015

Hi again…   Thanks for checking this out !!

These bites were a huge hit among the SMCHA guests at their Annual Installation Event held at the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County clubhouse in Woodside, California.

 

First: Marinate the chicken.  Here’s how I created the sauce/marinade:  add OJ to Peanut Butter, mix for a thick liquidy smooth consistency…  add soy sauce, fresh minced ginger, orange zest, mae ploy (Asian sweet chili sauce), brown sugar, a bit of Siracha and then taste…  add what ever suits you at this point to find the flavor you like (5-spice, more heat, sesame oil, curry spice, rice wine vinegar ?)…

Marinate boneless chicken thighs in 2/3 of the mix in a zip-lock baggy for at least 2 hours up to 24…  reserve the remaining mix for the glaze.

Quarter a whole pineapple into 1/8 wedges  (here’s how…)

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Cut off the top and bottom of the fruit,  slice in half, then quarter as above…

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Remove the “core” by cutting off the tip of the wedge about an inch in,  run your knife down the center of the wedge, but don’t cut through the skin; then run your knife at an angle to separate the fruit from the skin on the first side, then again on the other side…

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Now you have a skin and core to toss, and 2 pcs that are 1/8 wedges  each of the fruit…  Repeat three more times… (top is skin, left is fruit, right is core)

Next, place 1/8 wedges on the grill to mark all sides with dark grill marks.  This process makes the pineapple look great, but it even tastes better…  the heat develops the sweetness of the fruit and makes it POP…   Now split the pinapple 1/8 wedges into 1/16 strips and chop up 3/4 – 1″ chunks…

Grill the chicken thighs whole until cooked through.  The sugars will char a bit, so the heat shouldn’t be too hot, but a little char flavor is good…  remove from grill and cool just enough to handle…   Cut thighs into 3/4 -1″ strips then cubes…

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Create the individual skewers by alternating chicken/pineapple/chicken bits, in that order, and arrange on a garnished platter. Swirl some more peanut sauce on top, sprinkle chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro leaves on top, and serve while still just a bit warm…

Oh Man…    I hope you’ll experiment with this one…  Soo000o  Good !!    All of the passed plates came back empty !!

Next time I’ll show you the White Bean and Bacon Soup Shots…            Until then…       Happy Heating !!!

One Comment
  1. jestchat permalink

    These look delicious!!

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