What is it about meat on a stick that figuratively screams summer? This recipe easy. I know I always say how easy my recipes are, but this one I really mean it. If you can operate tongs and flip a skewer, well that’s about as hard as it’s going to get here.
What really makes this special is the jalapeño infused honey. I just recently discovered infusing honey will all different types of flavors, but I think this one by far is my favorite.
This is one I make regularly and am never disappointed. To infuse your honey with jalapeño, simply heat your honey over extremely low heat with about 1/2 of a jalapeño. I keep the jalapeño whole so I can scoop it out when I’m ready to use the honey. Heat for about 5-10 minutes or until just before the honey begins to bubble. You’re not looking to cook it, just heat it so that it can take on the flavor of the pepper. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using.
When the honey I made was nice and cool, I started on the glorious chicken. I’m a bowl I combined 3 chicken breasts diced up into 1 1/2 inch cubes. Then I added the zest and juice of 1 lime, 2 garlic cloves, 2 heaping tbsps of the jalapeño honey I made earlier, 1 tsp each of paprika, salt, and pepper. Then I drizzles over about 2 tbsps of olive oil and tossed until all the chicken was coated evenly.
Once the chicken was coated in the marinade, I started building the skewers. I put about 8-10 pieces of chicken on each skewer. It’s important to soak your wooden skewers in water for about 10-15 minutes minimum so that they don’t dry out and burn on the grill.
Once the chicken has had a nice long bath in that delicious marinade, it’s time to get grilling! Place the skewers on a preheated grill on high heat for about 7 minutes, then flip and continue cooking on the other side for another 7 minutes. Depending on the size of the chicken pieces, they may need to go longer. Just keep and eye on them!
Right before the chicken is about to come off the grill, I mixed together a little olive oil and a small handful each of green onion and parsley. I brushed on the herby olive oil and let the chicken continue for the last minute or so.
I like to serve these with a wedge of lime to squeeze on at the end! You’ll be surprised how many notes this chicken hits on your tongue with the many it has flavors going on. The sweetness from the honey and that little bite of heat that makes its way through really go well with the brightness of the lime.
Leave a comment and let me know how it turns out for you!
Prep time: 35 mins Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: 6 servings
3-4 chicken breasts, cubed
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsps olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1.) To infuse your honey with jalapeño, simply heat your honey over extremely low heat with about 1/2 of a jalapeño. I keep the jalapeño whole so I can scoop it out when I’m ready to use the honey. Heat for about 5-10 minutes or until just before the honey begins to bubble. You’re not looking to cook it, just heat it so that it can take on the flavor of the pepper. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using.
2.) To make the chicken, chop up 3 chicken breasts into large chunks. Add about 2 tbsps of the jalapeño infused honey, the zest and juice of 1 lime, olive oil, chopped garlic, paprika, and salt and pepper. Mix until the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
3.) Slide the chicken onto skewers that have soaked in water for at least 10-15 minutes. This will insure that the wood will not burn on the grill. Once the chicken skewers are made, pour over the remaining marinade and let the chicken refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4.) When the chicken has marinated, throw the skewers onto a preheated grill. Cook for about 7 minutes and then flip and continue cooking for another 7 minutes . Depending on the thickness of your chicken, you may need to cook it longer.
5.) Just before the chicken is done, mix together about 1 tbsp of olive oil with chopped green onions and parsley. Brush onto the skewers.
6.) Remove from heat and enjoy!