The Kitchen Prep: Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken, Peach, & Sweet Potato Skewers

Friday, July 13, 2012

Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken, Peach, & Sweet Potato Skewers

I have a thing with storage and organization. A thing that makes me gravitate toward pretty boxes and Rubbermaid containers in stores. A thing that tempts me to give just about everything we own it's own color coded label.

It's a little ridiculous, yes, but it's also quite helpful in keeping things from getting messy and out of order {two adjectives that make me break out in hives}.

When it comes to my cooking, baking, and crafting equipment, I am no different. And the thing is, the more I get into each of those hobbies, the more stuff I accumulate that begs to be sorted and organized.

Normally, it starts out with an item or two stored away in a cabinet or closet, and then gradually the group earns an entire storage "section". {i.e. The Cupcake Section, The Cookie Decorating Section, The Entertaining Section...etc.} If I had my way, I'd have an entire closet or room for each {I fantasize about a craft studio almost daily}, but alas, our cute little townhome has a modest amount of storage to say the least.

Are you still with me or have you dialed the OCD hotline on me yet?

If you're into cooking and baking, you've probably witnessed the phenomenon that occurs with food magazines and cookbooks. They multiply overnight and start taking over small areas of your home when you're not looking. It's true.

Last year, I noticed my collection started growing a little unruly, and I decided to take a few days to sift through the piles, throw out the ones I didn't use, and organize the rest in a way that made sense. I purchased some magazine storage {I heart you, HomeGoods}, and now my magazines are all happily grouped by season.

More recently, I've begun to leaf through each magazine and tag recipes that I want to try as well as the ones that have earned their seal of approval... but that's insane another story for another day.

In browsing the "Summer" section of the library, I came across a recipe for these Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken, Peach, & Sweet Potato Skewers from Fine Cooking, and I knew I just had to make them sooner than later. I am glad to say that they've earned a place in the "Summer Favorites" category, and whether or not you have an official label or storage container, I think they might earn the same title in your home, too. ;)

Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken, Peach, & Sweet Potato Skewers
Adapted from Fine Cooking

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 18 bite sized pieces
3 peaches, pitted & cut into 6 wedges each
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 18- 1 inch cubes
1 small onion, cut into bite sized chunks
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice {I know this is "Fall"-like but trust me!}

Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high. Line a medium sheet pan with foil. Soak 6 wooden skewers in warm water so that they do not burn on the grill. Set aside.

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add cubed sweet potato. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until just starting to become tender. Drain and set aside.

Whisk together vinegar, honey, olive oil, pepper, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally, until reduced to about 1/4 cup {12-14 minutes} and thickened to glaze-like consistency. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, remove skewers from water, and thread chicken, onion, sweet potato, and peaches onto each one. Place on foil lined sheet pan.

Pour half of honey glaze into a small bowl, and set aside. Brush each threaded skewers with remaining honey glaze. Sprinkle lightly with pumpkin pie spice.

Place skewers onto a preheated grill. Cook for 20-25 minutes {turning kewers mid-way through cook time} or until chicken is cooked through and grill marks can be seen on fruit & vegetables.

Brush hot skewers with remaining glaze {make sure to use a clean brush!}.

Serve hot.


Carole said...

Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about potatoes! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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