Happy New Years!
Hopefully you will fulfill your resolutions if it tickles your fancy. My resolution is the same one I made in 2012 which ironically is the only one that I can fulfill – not dying or being hospitalized for diabetes. Or in other words – no DKAing.
The hubby has a whole different view of 2015. New year, new him. His descent into having a ripped body starts, and to be quite honest, I’m not looking forward to it. We spent part of last night watching youtube videos of bodybuilders routine and tips on getting massive. Eat big or go home or something like that. Lots of protein powder and pre workout drinks and protein this that and all other. It’s a lot to take in. A lot. But I’m happy he’s taking some initiative.
If you want something simple and tasty, these chicken skewers are perfect. They also go well if your watching all the bowl games.
Honey Vanilla Porter Chicken Skewers
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vanilla porter
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
6 boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
In a large bowl, soak the bamboo sticks for 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix everything except the chicken to make the marinade.
Add the cubed chicken making sure the chicken is completely coated.
Put in fridge for 30 minutes.
While waiting, get grill going.
Pierce chicken with bamboo sticks. I would put about 4 – 6 cubes on each skewer.
Place the chicken on the grill.
With a brush, baste the chicken with the remaining marinade.
Flip the chicken after 3 minutes, basting again.
Take off grill.
This was pretty amazing and happened to be the best appetizer as I made Christmas dinner. The honey paired well with the vanilla porter giving the marinade extra flavor as it penetrated the chicken. The smoke from the grill seared this flavor into the chicken allowing it to be tasted in every single bite.
It was absolutely fabulous. And welcoming.
Of course most people just do kabobs or slather barbecue sauce on chicken, but this takes bbqing chicken to a whole entirely different level of happiness.
Having the guys over to watch a game? Like, I don’t know the superbowl? Wow them with this offering to the superbowl gods.
Or make it into a meal with some rice and a vegetable kabob.