Saturday, December 27, 2008

Balsamic Chicken Skewers for New Years

Although Christmas is over, New Years is looming. If you're like me, you're on the lookout for party food recipes. This recipe for Balsamic Chicken Skewers comes as a “guest blog” from Mary Crafts of Culinary Crafts Catering, by way of Katie Nielsen. Culinary Crafts is an award winning catering service based in Salt Lake City. If you don't want to cook for that big party yourself, you may want to check them out.

Mary Crafts also hosts a really cool cooking show called Culinary Creations, broadcast out of Provo, Utah on KBYU-TV. She's got some pretty slick recipes and entertaining ideas. No wonder, coming from a top-rated caterer.

Thanks to Katie for the recipe, and to Mary for giving us permission to reprint it.

Balsamic Chicken Skewers

1 lb boneless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup soy sauce

Marinate chicken pieces in soy sauce for 4 hours (up to 24 hours).
Thread chicken pieces on skewers. Roast in 400ยบ oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and brush chicken with Balsamic Chutney Glaze. Return them to the oven and roast for 5 more minutes to finish.

Makes about 16 skewers

Balsamic Chutney Glaze:

1 cup mango chutney
2 sliced scallions
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and use as a glaze.

[I've not tried it, but I'd bet that if you cooked these in a skillet for a few minutes, it would create an amazing sauce to top other chicken or pork dishes. - MF]

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