Friday, September 17, 2010

Dinner Last Night: Smoky Chicken and Sweet Potato Kebabs

Sorry, I've been bad about putting the "gastronomique" in Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique this week. But I did make a meal I felt worthy of posting last night. It was a meal (who else?) Rachael Ray made on her show earlier this year, and I bookmarked it to make at a later date. Aaron volunteered to grill yesterday, so it was the perfect occasion to make this dinner on a stick. 

The chicken (Use any boneless skinless variety; I used tenders because they were on sale.) is marinated in a combination of chopped chili pepper, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and smoked paprika. It's possible that I took a nap for too long yesterday and only marinated the chicken for 20 minutes or so, instead of the hour the recipe called for. It still tasted excellent; no harm, no foul right? Meanwhile, I boiled the sweet potato slices for 7 minutes, then let them cool before they met their skewered, grilled fate. I skewered the chicken with chunks of red onion, then had Aaron grill them for about 8-10 minutes (this will depend on the thickness of your chicken chunks--mine were pretty thin). Wrap some (or all, I'm not judging) of the par-boiled potato slices in bacon, then skewer the slices and grill them for about 10 minutes. I admit this was a somewhat tricky maneuver: I had to work carefully to get the skewers through the potatoes without breaking them (the potatoes, not the skewers). Next time, I might try cubing the potatoes instead, and therefore cutting the bacon into smaller slices. Or, if you don't want to grill the taters, make a nice sweet potato mash and cook up the bacon to crumble on top. Either way, it tastes delicious! 

The result: the chicken is tender, spicy, smoky and full of flavor. The sweetness of the potatoes is perfectly balanced with the salty, smoky bacon. Yum!


P.S. Did you know that the sweet potato is one of the most nutritious foods in your grocery store? (In my opinion, this totally cancels out the bacon.) So buy these sweet orange tubers by the bagful and eat up! 


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4 comments:

  1. Looks like another fab meal from you!!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend!
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  2. Oh, how I love a RR recipe! These look delish! I just recently formed an appreciation for sweet potatoes, and after a lifetime of boycotting them they're starting to make their way into my shopping cart. And I agree that when one item is really super healthy, it cancels out any less healthy elements of the dish ;-)

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