My life changed last year when I discovered vegetable kebabs. How did I never know that you could cut vegetables into chunks, toss them with oil, salt, and pepper, thread them onto a skewer, and shove them on the grill to create a delicious side dish? It’s as easy as the very easiest salad, and so much more satisfying.
All kebabs all the time! I made kebabs every time we broke out the grill! I made them with zucchinis and summer squashes and onions and peppers. I made them with green peppers which I don’t really even like and yet sticking them on a skewer on the grill made them delicious.
And then I realized that if you put enough stuff on the skewer, you don’t need the burger at all.
So this recipe for pineapple and chicken kebabs from the Boston Globe magazine really came at just the right time for me.*
The first time I made them (pictured above) I think I departed enough from the recipe that I can’t really claim to have made the recipe. They were still crazy good. CRAZY GOOD.
The only downside is that they involve cutting raw chicken into chunks, which is just about my least favorite thing ever. The texture is not good. But if you can get past that, you have a delicious weeknight dinner.
Also worth noting: I always make too many kebabs. This says it makes 12. If you cut the recipe in half, you get 5 or 6, which is a lot of food for two people. On the other hand, it makes good leftovers, particularly when reheated with rice.
Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs
(You can also cook this on a baking sheet under the broiler. It’ll be a lot juicier, so you probably don’t want to add the bacon, but it’s really good.)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about half a lime. It’s not worth measuring.)
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Spice Rub for Chicken
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (this is NOT the same as ground chilies, it’s a spice mix and less hot. That’s a pretty important distinction.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (I used regular paprika)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (I didn’t have this the first time I made the recipe and simply omitted it. I didn’t notice a huge difference when I made it again with the onion powder. That said, if you’re near Portland, you can buy a small amount of onion powder in the bulk spice section of Whole Foods, so you’re not saddled with a whole bottle of it.)
- Salt and black pepper
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks (DO NOT use chicken breasts. The recipe kind of depends upon the juiciness of the thighs.)
- 2 large orange bell peppers, cut into squares (You could also use red, or yellow. I just wouldn’t use green.)
- 1 large red onion, cut into chunks
- 12 slices thick-cut bacon, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces (I didn’t have bacon when I made this on the grill and it was still wonderful, but I imagine the bacon would have been spectacular.)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (friends, do not measure out the olive oil, just pour it onto the vegetables until it looks like enough. Nobody has time for that.)
- 1 large pineapple, trimmed, cored, and cut into chunks**
1. In a small bowl, whisk the molasses, lime juice, and hot sauce and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the spice rub ingredients: the chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, and 2 teaspoons each salt and black pepper. Add the chicken and toss to coat. (You can do steps 1 and 2 ahead of time and keep everything in the fridge)
3. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill.
4. In a large bowl, toss the bell peppers, onion, and bacon with the oil and salt and black pepper to taste. Thread the chicken, onion, bacon, pineapple, and bell peppers onto the skewers.
5. Grill the kebabs, turning every 3 minutes, until the bell peppers, onion, and pineapple are grill-marked and the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes total. Brush kebabs all over with the glaze and grill for about 45 seconds longer on each side (in other words, turn quickly so you don’t burn the glaze). Remove the kebabs from the grill, allow to rest briefly, and serve.
* Technically I think it came in May last year, but I rediscovered it buried in a pile of clipped recipes a few months ago.
** If you’re halving the recipe, you’ll have a leftover 1/2 pineapple. Here is what you do: cut the pineapple into rings and sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Place the pineapple slices onto the grill once the kebabs are done and let them cook in the residual heat as you eat dinner. Then serve with vanilla ice cream. If you have leftover grilled pineapple slices, serve them over yogurt in the morning.
Today I looked around at our rate of evolution as humans. Technology surrounds us! Advanced health saves lives! Could there be any downsides! OF F***ING COURSE! Depression in my opinion seems to be everywhere. Almost every child of parents now a days seem to be getting bigger and bigger and social intolerance seems to be growing so much! Just two years ago my friend was beaten at my middle school simply because the kids thought he was gay. What I don’t understand is why? All of a sudden the world seems to be slipping away into the YOLO age. People doing stupid things just for the right to brag about it. Twitter posts are getting stupider and stupider and I would think as we evolved as humans we would get smarter? But lets see our progress. From what I can see we were healthier back then, as far as being overweight goes, not that much drug involvement, almost no bullying, social depression and outcastment was at an all time low. But lets see what we have improved on. Black are no longer being segregated, almost everyone is a little more open minded now. it seems that for a small glimmer of hope we can all fit together. But surrounding that small glimmer of hope is a large inescapable black hole of despair that for some people consumes them to the point of madness, insanity, and even suicide. From elementary I’ve noticed significant changes in my so called friends. This one kid I knew in 5th grade, so shy and barely talks, 6th grade comes along already in alternative, doing drugs and fighting. Why such a horrible turn? What could have driven him to that point?Its things like this that worry me. Why do some people at this point just completely take a turn for the worst? Then again we have no idea what kind of s*** they might be dealing with at home. Or if they even have a home. We just don’t know and now it seems these problems are popping up more and more in middle school and high school. Such as depression, anger and stupidity. About 70% of the girls I’ve met have some sort of depression. Some worse than others. I know a girl of tried to kill her self more than once in one week. But she’s still here fighting it thanks to medication and other health services. But lets look at her life shall we? Her mom is a single parent (dad is part of gang) she has moved schools constantly due to fights, severe depression by age 13, lost virginity at age 14, smokes weed and other drugs, constantly moving from home to home to apartment to home again. And there might even be more. Why now are things like this in social society?