Monday, March 26, 2012

Beautiful Thailand

It's no secret that I love Mexican food, but I also love the flavors of Thailand! Not only is it extremely healthy, but the blend of fresh herbs and spices are exotic and absolutely enchanting! This week I will share some simple Thai and Thai-inspired recipes, starting with my "Thai-Style Chicken Kabobs." So fire-up the grill and get grilling!

Thai-Style Chicken Kabobs

Serves 6


2 to 2 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2" chunks
3 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2" pieces or 1 very large red onion, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
Cherry tomatoes (optional, but I already had some)
8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed (optional, but I LOVE mushrooms)
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, shredded
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (in Asian section at any grocery store)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Vegetable oil cooking spray (for grill)
6, 17" metal skewers (or whatever you have)


In a large glass or ceramic dish, place the chicken and vegetables. Mix the oil, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, basil, cilantro, chili garlic sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Add to the chicken and vegetables, toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 6 hours.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill to moderately hot. Lightly spray the grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray. 

Thread the chicken and vegetables onto the skewers. Drizzle the marinade over the skewers. Grill, covered, 10-12 minutes, turning with tongs several times, until the chicken is cooked through. A little cilantro sprinkled over the top makes it even prettier! Yum!

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