Cracking The Skewered Lemon Chicken Code

Cracking the Skewered Lemon Chicken Code is here to share with you. It’s honestly the best grilled chicken I know. I hope you agree.

When my daughter was born, we were living in Brockton, Mass. There was (and still is) a fabulous Italian food shop, International Food Gourmet,  where I could buy all the best ingredients for making exotic and delicious meals: aged provolone, Amaretti di Saronno, and marinating chicken breasts that cooked up deliciously juicy and bursting with bright lemon flavor.

For years I tried to reproduce the flavor and texture. I came across a recipe and have tweaked it over the years.

Skewered Lemon Chicken

Skewered Lemon Chicken

Don’t let the deceptively simple photo fool you. And since we’re paleo and not at all afraid of butter, drizzling lemon butter all over the chicken and vegetables makes for heaven on a plate.

Skewered Lemon Chicken Ingredients

Skewered Lemon Chicken Ingredients

I was struck by the red of the background cloth and flowers of the first photo. I used one of my daughter’s porcelain “tin cans” as a vase. (She’s a RISD-trained ceramist with a lovely artistic soul, and I decided to do a portrait. What do you think? Pretty cool! Know what? So is she!!

Alli's Tin Can and Flowers

Alli’s Tin Can and Flowers

For an additional course, I found some gorgeous figs at my local Whole Foods. The season is nearly over in south Louisiana, but there are fresh, local figs elsewhere. If you happen upon some, this salad is as yummy as it looks. And super simple to make. Sweet, juicy, crunchy, green and salty: what more could you asked for in a salad? Nothing, I say!!

Fig, Prosciutto and Pecan Salad

Fig, Prosciutto and Pecan Salad

We have a new toy to play with and it’s a gem. It’s an Australian grill called a Cobb Cooker. Based on a stove used in Africa where access to electricity is scarce, it’s perfect for 2-4 servings. We’ve cooked all sorts of things on it. Using only 8-10 pieces of charcoal, it’s easy to light, cooks for up to two hours without adding more briquets, and versatile. There’s a griddle, wok pan, frying pan, roasting rack and grill pan. Roast chicken is amazing on this cooker, as is stir-fried shrimp and vegetables, even breakfast.

Cobb Cooker

Cobb Cooker

We’ve done so many delectable meals, we were inspired to get a dozen large blue crabs and grill them, too. Turned out we needed the Weber for the amount of crabs we had, but we definitely got the idea from the Cobb meals we’d been making.

Harris blanched the crabs in boiling water, then cleaned and seasoned them. He cooked them to perfection with his signature touch: adding small pieces of oak and pecan wood to the fire. They were insanely good. I roasted some artichokes and we had a feast!

Grilled Blue Crabs

Grilled Blue Crabs

The playlist is a smattering of tunes I liked this week. Crank up the music and get cracking the skewered lemon chicken code, y’all.

Skewered Lemon Chicken
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Skewered Lemon Chicken
Calories: 431 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium lemons zested, juiced, separated
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl honey
  • 1 tbl cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 8 oz small zucchini thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 8 oz cauliflower florets
  • 8 oz broccolini trimmed
Instructions
  1. Note: Marinating times are specific. Longer time than recommended can yield mushy textures in the chicken and vegetables.
  2. In a gallon zip top bag, add zest and juice from 2 lemons, salt, honey, vinegar, garlic and cayenne. Add the chicken breast meat and marinate for two hours.
  3. Add mushrooms and zucchini, mixing up all ingredients thoroughly. Marinate additional 2 hours.
  4. Melt butter, add remaining lemon zest and juice. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.
  5. Skewer the chicken and vegetables, alternating ingredients. Heat grill pan or charcoal or gas grill to medium high. Cook skewers, basting with lemon butter until cooked through about 10-12 minutes. (I like to remove a piece of chicken and check to see that it is cooked, but not dry.)
  6. While chicken skewers are cooking, steam cauliflower, 6-8 minutes. Add broccolini and continue steaming until both are tender and the broccolini is still bright green. Set aside and keep warm. Season with salt pepper and lemon butter.
Nutrition Facts
Skewered Lemon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1215mg 51%
Potassium 602mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 24%
Vitamin C 164%
Calcium 7%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Fig, Prosciutto and Pecan Salad
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Fig, Prosciutto, Pecan Salad
Sweet, salty, crunchy and delicious. Easy to make and so pretty to serve!
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 385 kcal
Ingredients
  • s oz fresh figs halved
  • 4 oz salad greens
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted
  • 2 oz prosciutto
  • 2 oz goat cheese crumbled (optional)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a dry, 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add figs, cut side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes to release sugars and flavor. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Place salad greens on individual plates or serving platter. Add figs, pecans, prosciutto and goat cheese (if using). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Fig, Prosciutto, Pecan Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 441mg 18%
Potassium 344mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 11g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 11%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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