Is it barbecue season yet? Please, be with me on this one and say yes! I am ready to shut down that oven and break out the barbecue in full force. Jump on the summertime bandwagon in April and say yes to sunshine and outdoor eating. I can be hopeful. And what better way to start than with these super easy and tasty Ginger & Lime Chicken Kebabs.
Right so if you know me, you know I'll have something to chat about before I get to the food. If you are new around here and just came for the chicken, keep on scrolling until you get to the recipe at the bottom. By the way, it's a great recipe.
Okay, so the topic of today is Instagram. The world of perfect food & perfect lives, fake smiles & virtual friends, and so much more.
Despite all the odds, I've decided that I love Instagram. In fact I would go so far to say that's it's my favourite social media platform. For some reason, Instagram is fun even for 40 something year olds. I have a whole lot of fun over there with the daily stories when I show how it really goes down in the kitchen. Far from perfect. If you happen to ever see what goes on over there, you can probably laugh along with me right now.
And never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it was even remotely possible to make friends on Instagram. And I honest to goodness mean friends. People I want to chat with, go to coffee with, have over for dinner and even laugh with. Like minded people. Seems odd right? Well, I thought so to at first, but it turns out, beneath all the perfect lives and fake smiles there are real people just like you and I who are just looking to make connections with real people. Is it real? I don't know yet. It is fake? I really don't think so.
I need more than two hands to count, what I believe to be real, friendships over there. I know, I can't believe I am saying this either. And let's just put this out there, I do have real friends in my life that I can see and touch. I promise they are real. If they are reading this, they know it as well. Let's all laugh at that one.
So, it might be strange to some. It was completely strange and foreign to me at first as well. But over time, I have learned that we are all pretty much in the same boat so to speak.
I want to discard the myth that Instagram is just for millennials. That is is all about the perfect lives and pretty food. If you manage to break through the surface you will find so much more and you might even surprise yourself.
And it just plain ol' fun! Who can't do with a good daily does of that.
This is such as easy recipe, and you know me and easy food. My favourite, hands down. Just a few simple ingredients and you've got a pretty tasty dish.
So, you will see I recommend you marinade the chicken for about an hour. I honestly wouldn't go much longer than this as it's a completely citrus based marinade. Acid breaks down the meat and over marinating will result in the chicken basically losing it's texture. As much as we don't love dry chicken, we don't want it falling apart either. I find an hour pretty good, or even 1/2 hour if that's all the time you got. As well, and I know I talk about this all the time, don't barbecue it from stone cold. Meats are always best cooked from room temperature. It gives the best result, always. So, maybe bring it to room temperature for about 1/2 hour before putting it on the barbecue.
Top tip if using wooden skewers for the barbecue. Soak them in water before using and it will help them from catching fire when you cook on the barbecue. It's not 100% fool proof, but it's much better than dry sticks. Here you will see the metal skewers, which I use when there are just a few of us. For crowds, I always use the wooden ones.
I served this chicken with Cucumber Raita and Nann bread. Great combination.
So what are you all waiting for, break out the barbecue and make the chicken! Happy cooking.
Ginger and Lime Chicken Kebabs
Makes 6 skewers / Prep time: 15 minutes / Marinade time: 1 hour / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 lb/500 grams chicken breast, cut into cubes
Juice of 2 limes
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Teaspoon coriander
Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
1 inch piece fresh ginger root, finely grated
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Dried chilli, finely chopped.
In a medium bowl combine the lime juice, olive oil, honey, dried coriander, fresh coriander, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt and pepper. Stir well.
Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to completely coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before cooking. Place the chicken pieces on skewer sticks. As many as you like per skewer.
Preheat your barbecue to a medium heat. Cook each side for about 5-7 minutes or until completely cooked. Baste with extra marinade while cooking. Can be served straight away or even at room temperature.
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