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Chicken Skewers with Peanut-ginger Marinade
Brush chicken skewers with marinade before tossing them on the grill. You'll get a succulent, savory final product.
Brush chicken skewers with marinade before tossing them on the grill. You'll get a succulent, savory final product.
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This marinade delights the taste buds with its sweet, tangy and salty accents. Its forward flavor comes from a mix of fresh ingredients, such as orange zest, pure orange juice and grated ginger root. But if you're short on time or fresh ingredients, this recipe can easily be adapted. Modify by using store-bought orange juice instead of juicing your oranges. Also, if you don't have a zester, use a cheese grater with fine teeth to yield the orange zest you need. There's no match for fresh ginger, but powdered ginger can fill this need. These modifications can also make this marinade less expensive to prepare.

The Food Network's Aida Mollenkamp recommends pairing chicken skewers with her recipe for peanut-ginger marinade.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

Combine the orange juice, orange zest, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes until the mixture is smooth. Marinate your chicken by placing it in a sealed plastic bag with the mixture. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but no longer than eight hours.


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