Recipe of the Month

Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs

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  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, grated
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3 pounds skinned and boned chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 10 (6-inch) wooden or metal skewers
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Grilled lemon halves
  • Toasted Pecan Pesto (See Preparation Below)

Preparation

  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in buttermilk, next 3 ingredients, and 2 tsp. salt until blended.
  2. Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and chill 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.)
  4. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers, leaving a 1/8-inch space between pieces; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.
  5. Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done.
  6. Serve with lemon halves and Toasted Pecan Pesto.

Toasted Pecan Pesto

  • 2 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Preparation

  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Cover and chill 1 to 8 hours before serving.

 

Southern Living Magazine-June 2013

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