The title, ingredients, and prep for this easy marinated chicken skewers recipe are what drew me in. Once I opened the container that had been marinating the ingredients, it confirmed I made the right decision! The waft of fresh ginger, aromatic garlic, and soy sauce set off a Pavlovian response like no other. The cooked pieces of tender chicken were even better, as was the taste.
I ended up using boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs, as this is what we had. Plus, hubby prefers this cut of chicken. I also ended up marinating for a full 24 hours!
Fortunately, the chicken held up well and grilled beautifully. In lieu of a mortar and pestle (or food processor), I used a microplane for both the garlic and ginger. (I didn’t even peel the ginger.) I used fresh lime juice (we have a tree) and mild red chile powder.
For cooking, I patted the chicken dry with paper towels and coated lightly with neutral oil for grilling, used metal skewers, and cooked them on an outdoor gas grill. It took a total of 11 minutes to cook them through. For finishing, I added a couple pats of butter along with another tablespoon of lime juice over the chicken then wrapped in foil to rest. This created a beautiful sauce.
For serving, I sprinkled a few toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro on top of the chicken over a bed of steamed jasmine rice, along with a side of Asian-inspired coleslaw. Turned out delicious! I will be making this again…and again!