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Chicken + Pineapple Skewers

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This hot little number is something that happened after deciding one day at work, I needed pineapple.

I mean, come on…. who doesn’t like pineapple???

Lord knows when ever I encounter it, its as if the angels above sing an all holy song (and maybe do a little dance to accompany it) and I just cant get enough of its amazing-ness!

Its easy enough and is very versatile… after all, you know what they say about pineapple… they are the freaking essence of summer!

With that said, get your minds out of the gutter and cook up some summer!

 

Preheat oven to 400F

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Ingredients 

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs; cut into 1″ pieces

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Chunks

2 Garlic Cloves; minced

Cooked Jasmine Rice

Salt + Pepper to taste

Green Onions; thinly sliced

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Measure our your ingredients and have a large bowl on stand by…. this pineapple concoction needs plenty of room to make its magic happen…

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Next you want to rinse and pat your chicken dry…

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Cut into 1″ pieces ad set aside.

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In the large bowl we have on stand by… add your pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, and salt + pepper to taste…

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Whisk well and watch it get all happy and stuff!!!!

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Weeeee! (forgive me, I’ve had a bit of wine this evening)

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Toss your chicken into the happy mixture and again, toss to coat.

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Would you look at that! As this happens, all I can hear are the angels singing and urging us on along this great adventure…

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But really… look at that chicken though… Nothing but good things can come of this…

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Soak your skewers in water for at least a half hour so they dont burn to a crisp…

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Then set up an assembly line of sorts… repeat after me… chicken, pineapple, wine… chicken, pineapple, wine…

JUST KIDDING!

Its really chicken, pineapple, chicken pineapple, etc…

Although, if you want to add wine into the mix, go ahead and blame me… I’ll take the wrap!

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After you have exhausted all of your chicken, skewer any remaining pineapple…. waste not, want not and all….

Then pour the remaining marinade over the skewers.

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Now we have two options here… we can either grill these, or bake them…

If you decide to bake them like I did, bake at 400F for about 10 minutes then flip….

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Bake an additional 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

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Would you look at that…

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Pure pineapple magic… Somewhere out there the island gods are rejoicing….

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What I did was serve them over steaming Jasmine Rice…. once I bedded the skewers over the rice, I topped it with orange zest and sliced green onions.

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Mind you the rice is bland unless you dress it up a bit.. feel free to add a dash of soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, etc. Whatever you are feeling at the time!

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Enjoy!

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Oh, I almost forgot!!!!

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No big deal, but its also an obligation the eat this dish with chop sticks….

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Dont argue…. just do….

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I promise, it just adds to the pineapple experience!

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CIAO!

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Orange Chicken over Jasmine Rice

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Orange chicken over Jasmine Rice…. Need I say anything more?

I made Cozze di Puglia for Mikey this evening and being the fact that I don’t eat seafood, I needed to throw something together for myself! I decided on Orange Chicken because A) I was in the mood for Mandarin cuisine and B) I had chicken that I needed to use before it went bad! Those reasons are enough right?

I got this recipe from http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/tangy-orange-chicken-over-jasmine-rice/ and although it calls for 1/2 cup orange marmalade and 1/2 cup orange juice, I did not have any orange juice so I just doubled the amount of marmalade and it was perfectly fine.

I was extremely shocked with how good this came out and honestly, it is better than what I have had at some restaurants before in the past! I hope you all give this a try at least once if you love Mandarin food like myself, I promise you wont regret it.

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Ingredients

1 Pkg Chicken Tenders

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Orange Marmalade

1/2 Cup Canola Oil

2 Tbsp Honey

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

1 Tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 1/2 Cups Lightly Salted Water

3/4 Cups Jasmine Rice

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Cube your chicken….

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Add salt and pepper to the flour…

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And combine well with a metal whisk.

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Put your cubed chicken into a large Tupperware and add the seasoned flour. Snap the lid in place and give it a few good shakes so ensure that each piece is coated well.

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Perfection!

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Discard excess flour and set the chicken aside.

 

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Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat       IMG_3738

Once oil is hot, add your chicken.

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Cook until golden on all sides and thoroughly cooked.

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Once done, remove chicken from oil and set aside.

 

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In a medium pot, add salted water and bring to a boil.

 

 

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Add jasmine rice and cook until tender.

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Meanwhile in the same saute pan you used for the chicken, add your orange marmalade…

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Soy sauce and honey…

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And finally ground ginger.

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Stir well.  

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Simmer over medium low heat until thickened.

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Once the sauce has thickened, add the chicken back to the pan.

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Toss well to evenly coat and turn the burner off.

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Allow to rest for a few minutes to thicken up some more then serve over jasmine rice!

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Top with green onions (scallions) to jazz things up a bit.

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I imagine that if you made this with steamed broccoli and tossed that in with the chicken and glaze it would be even better, I am going to have to try that the next time I make this!

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Ciao!

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