40. Honey-Sesame Chicken Skewers
Not just any chicken. this recipe gets its full flavors from the combination of cumin, paprika, termeric and cayenne pepper. Grill some up ahead of time and you can have an indoor barbecue any time of the year.
1 cup honey
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. turmeric
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
Combine honey, sesame seeds, lime juice, olive oil, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, paprika and turmeric in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cut chicken into strips approx. 1" wide or into 1" chunks. Place chicken in ziploc bag and pour honey-sesame mixture over. (You can freeze the chicken before or after grilling. Choose which method you would like below.)
If freezing uncooked chicken:
Place the bag with the chicken and marinade in the freezer. Freeze up to two months.
Allow chicken to thaw in the marinade overnight in the refrigerator. Thread onto wooden skewers that have been soaked in warm water so that they do not burn. Discard any leftover marinade.
Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil on high approximately 6 to 8 minutes each side.
If freezing pre-cooked chicken:
Place bag with chicken and marinade in refrigerator and allow to sit at least overnight.
Preheat grill or broiler. Thread chicken onto wooden skewers that havae been soaked in warm water so that they do not burn. Discard any leftover marinade.
Grill or broil on high approximately 6 to 8 minutes each side. Remove from grill or broiler and allow to cool completely.
Wrap cooled chicken in foil (either on or off the skewers) in tin foil and place in freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Allow chicken to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in a preheated 350 degrees for 25 minutes.