Welcome to week two in Gather Round the Grill here on Neighborfood! This week is all about main dishes. All week we’ll be talking easy, flavorful, and unique meals you can throw on the grill. Feel free to share your favorite grilled main dishes along the way and come back Friday to link them up! Thanks for joining in the fun!
If you’re looking for something really different to wow your guests at your next cookout, look no further than these Chinese Five Spice Chicken and Veggie Skewers.
There’s something wonderfully festive and fun about kebabs. The bright colors, the portability, the smoky flavor. They just scream “summer!” They require little work, but carry lots of WOW. That’s my kind of dish.
I was only recently introduced to Chinese five spice and I have to tell you, I’m already hooked. In case you’re wondering, “five spice” isn’t a type of spice but rather a blend of five spices traditionally used in Chinese cooking. It usually contains anise, cloves, and cinnamon, but the other two spices can vary from blend to blend.
The result is a spice that is warm, spicy, peppery, and just a tad sweet.
This recipe starts by marinating the chicken pieces in a mixture of five spice powder, ginger, and sesame oil. Then all you have to do is thread them onto skewers with the vegetables of your choice and grill them up. Really, the hardest part of this recipe is not stabbing yourself with the skewers (been there, done that).
The finished grilled chicken pieces have a sweet, warm heat, and pair beautifully with the caramely grilled peppers and onions. If you don’t like spicy food, dial back the red pepper flakes or cut them out completely.
This meal is great served with rice, but my favorite part of it was actually the leftovers. The next day, I heated up the extra chicken and veggies and stuffed them into a grilled pita with roasted red pepper hummus. I’m definitely sold on pita as the ultimate delivery system for spicy chicken. So pop a couple pita breads on the grill with your skewers and you’re well on your way to a light and satisfying weeknight meal.
- 1 Tablespoon Chinese five spice powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- Oil, to coat the grill grates
- Salt and pepper to taste
Recipe adapted from On a Stick!: 80 Party-Perfect Recipes