Do you miss summer already? I feel that the joy of winter evaporates for me right after the holidays. I am going crazy over that Christmas atmosphere, magical snowy nights, the smell of pine… I can feel it right now! But when it’s all over, when the new year comes, that’s it. Gone. I am starting to long for spring, green grass, birds chirping outside my window… That’s why today I decided to bring a little bit of warm atmosphere in my house!
Let’s pretend for a second that it is summer already. A sizzling summer day… I know, it’s hard to imagine it when it is freezing outside but still… Let’s pretend it is a hot summer day and you are preparing a meal. There is a big chance that you will be cooking some kind of meat or fish on the grill. Am I right?
I’m sure I’m right.
One of the very many things I love about summer is that you can grill outside. Fresh air, blue sky, the voices of neighbor kids playing basketball… A juicy piece of meat resting on the grill… LOVE. IT. Sorry vegans. You know it reminded me Tony Soprano and the way he handled the grill flawlessly (R.I.P James Gandolfini, such a talented actor and Sopranos the best show ever).
There is something romantic watching a man working a grill. No, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending time by a grill too, but when my husband is doing that, I am melting inside, ha! Alright alright, enough of this fifty shades of grey stuff! Let’s talk about me and my grilling passion. I like to grill everything. Literally EVERYTHING. But the grilled chicken and vegetables are my weakness… My hubby says that chicken is not even a meat, but what does he know, right?
There are many ways to cook chicken on the grill, but my personal favorite is chicken kabobs. I just mix chicken with any veggies I want and throw it on skewers. Easy and super delicious! Ok, awesome, but wait a second. It’s still winter girl, what are you talking about? Well, the thing is we can replicate chicken kabobs made on the grill an make them in the oven instead. How cool is that?
All these summer thoughts inspired me to make chicken skewers with pineapple, peppers and tomatoes today. Why do I have to wait until summer if oven baked chicken kabobs are as good as the grilled ones? They actually even have some advantages against the grilled ones!
1. You can enjoy them any time you want – they don’t depend on weather conditions (hooray!).
2. They still taste amazingly delicious, despite the fact they are baked instead of grilled.
3. It is SO easy to make and there aren’t any rules: you can put whatever you want on the skewers!
The conclusion: You really can’t go wrong with these chicken kabobs made in the oven. So, give them a try and enjoy some summer flavor in winter!
P. S. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes! I remembered that just before baking. Ouch!
P.P.S. If you love oven baked chicken as much as I do, try this amazingly delicious baked chicken Kiev!
- 2 lb (900g) boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
- 4 cloves garlic , passed through a garlic press
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper , to taste
- 1 8 oz. (225g) can pineapple chunks , drained
- 20 cherry tomatoes
- 1 pepper , cut into chunks
Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Combine the garlic, honey, mustard, soy sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper and chicken in a Ziploc bag and let marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour to overnight, turning the bag occasionally.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare the kabobs by threading the chicken, pineapple, tomatoes and pepper onto the wooden skewers. Discard the remaining marinade.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a cooling rack on top. Line up the skewers on cooling rack with about an inch between each one. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn over once and bake for 10-15 minutes longer, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Serve with hot rice. Enjoy!
If you're using a grill, heat it to medium heat. Grill kabobs 12-15 min, or until chicken is done.