Simple Herb & Garlic Chicken Kabobs

{summertime lovin’}

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If you read my dough bites post from Friday, you are aware that I made some kabobs on the grill.  When I first bought the chicken breasts at Kroger my intention was to roast the chicken slowly in the oven.  However, Chase suggested making kabobs since it was going to be beautiful outside.

We love eating kabobs at our house.  The best part is that we put whatever we like on our individual skewers.  I have made many a kabob – beef, shrimp, chicken veggies – with many a marinade – teriyaki, orange ginger, peppered.  This marinade I am sharing today is so very simple with a ton of flavor.  It was perfect for a spring meal and the flavor was not lost during grill time.

I didn’t prepare these kabobs ahead of time, but if you prepare them in the morning before work/school it makes dinner time much faster.  The time consuming part of kabob night definitely is the skewering part.  Have time at night?  Prepare the chicken in the morning and let it sit in the marinade all day.  Longer sit time = bolder flavor.

On the grill

On the grill

We used our propane grill and the kabobs took about 15 minutes to cook through.  We attempted to use this potato express to make baked potatoes to go with the kabobs.  Do NOT buy this dumb product.  It does not work.  After we were all finished with our kabobs, the potatoes were finally ready.  So that definitely was a kitchen failure.  It didn’t matter because the kabobs and asparagus were delicious enough!

The night concluded with dinner on the balcony and homemade ice cream sundaes.  We kicked off the summertime season with kabobs, outside dinner, and ice cream.  What do you cook when the weather is beautiful?

Simple Herb & Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Recipe By:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  15 minutes   |||   Servings: 3-4   |||   Difficult Level:  Low

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat and cut into large chunks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp fresh herbs [I used a combination of sage, thyme, and rosemary]
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Veggie/Fruit for the skewers [I used cherry tomatoes, pineapple, green pepper, and mushrooms]
salt and pepper

Directions
1.  In a bowl, combine the olive, herbs, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper.
2.  Add the chicken and stir to thoroughly cover with the seasoning.  Let sit for 30 minutes – 8 hours
3.  Chop your vegetables as needed.
4.  Skewer the chicken and veggies onto wooden or metal skewers.
5.  Heat grill to medium heat and place chicken kabobs directly over flame.
6.  Turn often and cook for about 15 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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Orange & Garlic Shrimp Saute

{gourmet weeknight}

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I love cooking shrimp on weeknights because it only takes about 5 minutes.  This is a quick & delicious meal that will satisfy you & impress.  I was grabbing a salad for lunch at Whole Foods and saw large, beautiful shrimp on sale.  I didn’t even plan to make dinner that evening, but I couldn’t pass by these yummy shrimp.  I grabbed a box of 5 minute couscous to make along with the shrimp.

When I got home, I raided the fridge and cupboard to see what was on hand.  I had a whole bag of navel oranges that were about to go bad so I was decided to make an orange sauce to coat the shrimp.

I started preparation right away and dinner was ready about 10 minutes later.  First, I squeezed the oranges into a measuring cup & zested the fruit.

The shrimp was added to a saute pan and turned pink & yummy in less than 5 minutes.

I added the orange juice mixture to the same pan (quick clean up) and boiled it.  Once the butter was added, the sauce took on a beautiful sheen & the aroma was to die for.

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The shrimp was tossed back into the sauce and voila.  Dinner was complete.

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I strongly suggest this recipe!  Bryan and I really enjoyed it.  The heartiness of the couscous sticks to your ribs, leaving you feeling satisfied.  The sauce has a creaminess to it without any cream which sticks nicely to the shrimp.  I personally love the pairing or citrus and garlic.  I can’t wait to make this again!

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You can click here for the recipe!

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Taste of Tuesday: Olive Garden Breadsticks

{a new link-up!}

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Sunday night blogging led me to stumble upon this link-up hosted by Jessica & Ashley called Taste of Tuesday.  It’s a pretty simple concept that is right down my alley.  Each Tuesday post a little something related to food, whether it is a new restaurant to try, a healthy snack, or a delicious recipe.  Those participating will linkup on their blogs.  I look forward to increased traffic with this fun new hangout.

For my first Taste of Tuesday, I am sharing with you my copycat Olive Garden bread sticks ***Warning:  this is a      D  O  U  G  H  I  E      recipe***  I mean come on, IT IS DOUGH!

I will share that I greatly despise the Olive Garden.  However, I am a fan of their salad and bread sticks.  I wanted to try to bake bread sticks for a while and did a little research before I dove in.  These really are excellent and, in my opinion, are pretty damn close to the ones the serve.  I hope you enjoy & be sure to check out Blissfully Miller & Let’s Get Bananas!

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees, no more no less)
1 packet yeast
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp salt

For topping
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
pepper
sprinkle of parmesan cheese

DIrections
1.  In a standing mixer (or bowl), combine yeast, water, and a small pinch of the sugar.  Let stand 10 minutes or until frothy.
2.  Add  1 cup of the flour, melted butter, salt and sugar.  Attach bread hook.
3.  Slow start mixing on low, adding remaining flour until combined.
4.  Allow dough to be kneaded on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Adding additional flour if dough is too sticky.
5.  Place dough in an oiled bowl, covered tightly with plastic wrap.  Let sit in a warm area for at least an hour.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
6.  Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 12 equal pieces.
7.  Roll each piece into a thick snack and place on a greased baking sheet.
8.  Bake for about 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
9.  Combine all ingredients for topping, except parmesan in a small bowl.
10.  As soon as bread comes out of the oven, use a kitchen brush to paint the butter mixture on the cooked bread sticks.  Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

enjoy.

xoxosara

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