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20Jun 12

Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Chicken and Pineapple SkewersNow that the summer is coming, I’m starting to think more about eating outside. Chicken and pineapple skewers can be cooked on a barbeque or in the kitchen under the grill as in this recipe. Juicy pineapple goes really well with the subtlety of chicken, and peppers are always mouth-watering when grilled or flame roasted. This side dish is great accompanied by a rice dish. Why not try this Indian-style brown rice?

I use tins of pineapple chunks for my chicken and pineapple skewers so that I can add the juice to the marinade, and save on preparation time. For a nice variation to the peppers, and as a further time saver when you need it, thread whole cherry tomatoes onto the skewers instead.

 

Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken fillets, skinless, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 2 x 227g pineapple chunks in their juice
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, deseeded and cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into bite size chunks
  • 3 small pots of natural sweetened yoghurt
  • ⅓ cucumber, chopped into very small cubes
  • Handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Make the marinade for the chicken by mixing the lime, soy sauce, honey and oil together in a shallow bowl.
  2. Add 4 tbsp of the pineapple juice from the can into the mixture and stir well.
  3. Coat the chicken pieces in the marinade in the bowl, cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge for a minimum of half an hour to absorb the flavours. You can even do this the night before to save preparation time on the day.
  4. When you are ready to assemble and cook the skewers, turn the grill onto a medium heat.
  5. Thread the skewers with the chicken, pepper, onion and pineapple chunks. Coat the ingredients with some more marinade and place them under the grill for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Turn the skewers occasionally as they grill.
  6. Whilst the kebabs are grilling, make the minty yoghurt dip.
  7. Mix the yoghurt, little cucumber cubes and the mint together in a serving bowl.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Requires marinading for a minimum of 30 minutes

 

 

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26May 12

Brandied Chicken Liver Paté

Brandied Chicken Liver PatéAh, good old chicken liver paté, a taste from childhood that I’ve only recently rediscovered.  It was only yesterday, in fact, when my daughter and I went over to a friend’s house to play after school.  She and her buddy drank juice, drew great big pictures on a large sheet of paper in green and yellow, and then watched a movie.  And us two mums spread brandied chicken liver paté onto warm slices of wholemeal pitta bread and sipped on a small glass of good red wine in the kitchen, all the while chatting over life, the universe and everything.  An evening very well spent in good company.

You can do a lot with paté. Try this recipe for a multicultural sarnie called a banh mi, using paté as its main ingredient.

There are plenty of great shop-bought patés, but it’s very rewarding making it at home too, so here’s the recipe of the one my friend and I enjoyed yesterday, for you to try.

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 250g butter + 60g melted
  • 500g chicken livers
  • 4 slices of bacon, rind removed and chopped
  • A couple of pinches of dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 30ml brandy
  • 60ml cream
  • Fresh ground black pepper to season

For the topping:

  • 120g melted butter
  • A handful of scissor-cut chives

Steps:

  1. Using a large heavy-based saucepan, first melt the butter.  Then add the onion, bacon and garlic; coating everything in the butter and sautéing until the bacon is golden and the onion is softened.
  2. Toss in the chicken livers and fry them, moving them about occasionally, for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the herbs, grind over with plenty of pepper, then stir in the brandy, cream and melted butter.
  4. Put the mixture into a blender or food processor and whizz until you obtain a smooth consistency.
  5. Turn the mixture out into a serving dish, or dishes.
  6. To create the topping, simply pour the melted butter over the surface of the paté and then sprinkle over with the snipped chives.
  7. Put the paté in the fridge to cool overnight, removing it from the fridge about half an hour before you are ready to serve it, so that it comes up to room temperature.
  8. Wonderful served with hot, toasted and sliced wholemeal pitta bread.

Duration: 30 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook

Recipe for: 8 servings

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