Spiced Chicken Skewers With Lemon Pepper Sauce
Skewers of tender, lightly spiced chicken, combined with a Limoneira® lemon- butter sauce that has its own spice mix – together they create a delicious blend of flavors and aromas. This is a dish you can serve several ways: as part of a buffet or BBQ; as a dinner entree with rice or a salad; in a wrap with veggies (leftovers work well that way too).
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Main Course, Main Dish
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- Salt to taste
Basting & Dipping Sauce
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 large Limoneira® lemon zest & juice
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
If you are using wooden skewers, about 20 minutes before you are ready to grill, be sure to soak them in water. Take them out of the water about 5 minutes before you are ready to add the chicken.
In a bowl, combine the paprika, salt and cumin.
Cut the chicken breasts into cubes about 1-2 inches in size. Add the chicken to the bowl, and turn over to dust lightly on all sides with the spices
Thread the chicken cubes to the skewers, leaving a good margin on each side.
Heat the grill to a medium high heat.
Place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for 2 minutes per side while you mix the sauce.
To make the sauce, melt the butter in a large skillet, and add the garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant.
Add the lemon juice and zest, red pepper flakes and mustard. Stir to blend over a low heat.
Transfer the sauce to a small bowl for basting.
After the first 2 minutes on each side, cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes per side (depending on the size of your cubes), brushing often with the basting sauce – but be sure to save some for dipping.
When the chicken is browned and thoroughly cooked, remove from the heat.
Reheat the leftover sauce and serve on the side.
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