September 2, 2013

Citrus-Herb Chicken Kabobs

While I don't have my own kids (yet), I'm always trying to make sure my nieces and nephews know that real food can be delicious (and not taste like lunch room food). Most of them are pretty adventurous and are willing to try the majority of the food I make or eat. They've tasted my roasted seaweed and kombucha. (They are now obsessed with seaweed. "Spicy" ginger kombucha, not so much.) They tasted and loved my kale chips and molten chocolate brownie. Some of the normal food stuff, like different types of chicken and fried zucchini coins, is a little harder to get them to try. It's new and weird. Chicken is usually a win but the zucchini coins needed to be very thin and crispy for those to be devoured.

Citrus-Herb Chicken Kabobs

Now, these kids eat plenty of real food, but like most kids, they prefer to stick with what they know. So...what I like to do is, well, lie to them. Okay, I'm kidding. I just get them to pretend and use their imagination while I throw in a little education about real food and why we should choose to eat it over processed/fast food. The chicken, being the slightly green color that it was from the herbs, was "Hulk Chicken". I told them that the Hulk made the chicken for them to help them grow big and strong. Did they believe it? Maybe for a second. But they had fun with it and were willing to give the chicken a chance. (FYI: this doesn't work on teenagers.)

Citrus-Herb Chicken Kabobs

Results: Hulk or not, I received "yes" votes from each guinea pig kid. A yes from these kids means they liked it and would eat it again. (By the way, the chicken tastes great cold so it can be put on small skewers, like these, with some fruit or veggies then packed in school lunches.

Citrus-Herb Chicken Kabobs
(grain/dairy/egg/nut/nightshade-free) Makes about 8-12 (12") kabobs
printable recipe

What you need:

2 1/2 - 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (8-10 thighs or 4-6 breasts)
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic
Large handful fresh parsley
Handful fresh cilantro (or handful fresh basil or other herb)
1 lime, juice and zest (This is the zester I use)
1 small orange, juice and zest (or 1/2 large orange)
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 tbsp coconut aminos (or gluten-free tamari)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 scant tsp cumin (optional, omit for AIP)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper (omit for AIP)

How to make: 

Cut chicken into chunks or strips for skewering. Blend the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor until well blended. Place chicken in marinade in a covered dish or plastic bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours (don't marinate for longer than 2 hours). If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using. Remove chicken from marinade and thread on skewers. Discard marinade. Add any vegetable or fruit chunks to skewers if you'd like. Salt chicken before cooking.

To grill: Preheat grill and cook for about 3-6 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. (I flip every minute or so to prevent burning.)

To cook in oven: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken skewers on a baking sheet and cook for 8-12 minutes per side or until cooked through with an internal temp of 165 degrees F

Don't forget to use this storage tip for your herbs. And if needed, freeze your citrus juice and zest.

More chicken recipes:

Ginger-Garlic & Lime Grilled Chicken
Tandoori Chicken

Citrus-Herb Chicken Kabobs

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  1. I made these the other night, and they were a hit with the kids!!

  2. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks for stopping by to let me know! I'm happy that the kids enjoyed them!

  3. Are these freezable? I'm excited to try them.

  4. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Hi Lacey, I haven't tried freezing this recipe so I can't say for sure. However, I have frozen chicken before (roasted and removed from bone), so I don't see why these couldn't be frozen. If you try it, let us know how they turn out. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 30, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Yep! I actually have made them in a frying pan and they turned out great! I haven't tried just chunks in the oven, but it should work as well. I'd keep an eye on them because the timing may vary. Otherwise, you could keep the chicken thighs whole or cut them as larger strips and bake them (timing again will vary). Hope you enjoy!

  6. These look positivitely delicious, and I especially like that you gave an oven method for winter preparation. Thanks for sharing it at the AIP Recipe Roundtable.

  7. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJanuary 25, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Thank you, Eileen! And thanks for allowing me to share on the AIP Roundtable!


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