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New Nigerian Christmas Chicken #2: Suya-Herb-Honey Chicken Skewers

by on December 21, 2016
 

Chicken skewers are quick, easy and you can prep all the elements a few hours before.

Make ahead tips

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water at least an hour before you skewer the ingredients – just so the skewers don’t burn.

Prep your ingredients – note that food shrinks to varying degrees, your chicken will be about 2/3rds of its normal size, your vegetables too so try and guage what you’d like the final outcome to be once cooked and adjust the prep sizes accordingly.

I like to skewer my ingredients on in a pattern, starting and ending with vegetables even down to the colour of – just a personal preference.

I like to use dry rubs, a drizzle of oil and a splash of acidity – citrus juice, vinegar. I generally use a 2:1 oil to acid ratio.

Lay out your finished skewers on a baking tray and refrigerate in the coldest part of the fridge (or the top part of the freezer if you don’t have constant power) up to 12 hours ahead.

Option 2 – Chicken & Vegetable Skewers

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2cm/1in pieces
Mixed Bell Peppers for colour, cut into 1 inch pieces
Onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
Seasoning – suya spice, sharwma spice, any other spice blends

Method

Gather and prep your ingredients.

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Prepare your chicken cubes. I cut up the breasts – 

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Slicing each in half across.

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Then into cubes which then get seasoned.

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And then you thread – I like to make patterns, starting with a particular vegetable/ colour and ending with the same.

Advice – don’t press the meat down – so it bunches up. This will cause uneven cooking. 

I have 5-6 pieces of chicken on each skewer.

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Once I’m done, I drizzle whatever is left of the marinade and put the chicken on a foil lined, greased tray, covered in clingfilm or aluminum foil. It goes in the fridge or the freezer from where I cook directly. 

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To cook:
• Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius (370 F)
• Place the prepared in the centre of the oven for 20 mins, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through.

Let the chicken cool on the tray – this will give it time to ‘rest’ but also help it release gently from the foil/ pan.

I make this often – as you can see…and it’s a winner every single time. No one waiting for a roast to be carved – everyone picks up a stick or three 🙂 and food is underway. 

What vegetables would you use?