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  • Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Posted on May 8, 2017
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It’s been an exceptionally soggy Spring here in New England. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except for the fact that all this rain has seriously cut into my grilling time. And that makes me grumpy.

I had anticipated being fully reacquainted with my grill by this point in the month of May. But instead, it feels like we’re only on our second date. There is still some awkwardness and uncertainty when we interact. All of which can probably be attributed to me. Admittedly, I’m rusty and out of practice after the long Winter.

But I’m slowing working out the kinks (i.e. cleaning off the grates). And I’ve even managed to have a few successful grilling sessions on the days when the weather was tolerable. Out of one of which was born this recipe for Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad.

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad | www.floatingkitchen.net

Drinking beer is something I do often. Cooking with beer, however, is something I only seem to remember to do occasionally (maybe if I drank less beer, my memory would be better!). It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a savory beer-infused recipe here on Floating Kitchen. And for that oversight, I apologize. Craft beer has so many wonderful uses in the kitchen – from tendering meats to giving rise to baked goods to imparting unique and complex flavors to any dish it’s added too – and I want to spend more time exploring all those things.

These Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad would be perfect for a casual weekend dinner. The recipe is super simple to prepare (just be aware there is a 1-2 hour marinating time for the chicken). And you could easily customize the quinoa salad to add in whatever seasonal vegetables you happen to have on hand. I’m taking advantage of all the wonderful radishes and fresh herbs that are so abundant right now. But I also think some shaved asparagus or spicy arugula would be very welcome in this dish.

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad | www.floatingkitchen.net

If you follow my Instagram stories, then you know I can be regularly found hanging with my crew at the Newburyport Brewing Company. So naturally, I used one of their IPA’s in my recipe. But any IPA that you love will work great. I’m all in favor of encouraging everyone to support their local breweries!

I’m sharing this recipe for Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad as part of our monthly seasonal produce round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Check out Becky’s May Produce Guide, as well as the recipe links below from some of my other blogging friends, to find lots of inspiration for Spring cooking and eating. And keep your fingers crossed for better weather!

Cheers,

Liz

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Beer-Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers with Spring Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken
  • 1.5 to 1.75 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 ounces beer (I used an IPA)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Quinoa Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2 cups sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into cubes and place them in a large zip-closure bag. Add the remaining ingredients to the bag. Seal the bag, then shake it around to make sure the marinade is mixed and the chicken is well coated. Place the bag in your refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, transfer it to a large bowl to cool to room temperature. Then add the peas, radishes, mint and dill. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Then pour this dressing over the quinoa salad, tossing gently to mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
  3. If you’re going to be using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading and grilling the chicken.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. Thread the marinated chicken onto skewers (about 5 cubes per skewer) and discard any leftover marinade. Spray your grill grates with non-stick cooking spray. Then place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and no longer pink in the middle, flipping them once during this time. Remove the chicken skewers from the grill and place them on a clean plate. Cover to keep warm.
  5. To serve, divide the quinoa salad between plates. Top with the grilled chicken skewers. Garnish with extra herbs and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/beer-marinated-grilled-chicken-skewers-with-spring-quinoa-salad/

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  • Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole

Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole

Posted on January 25, 2016
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I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating again: food served in bowls > food served on plates.

I have no scientific evidence to support this phenomenon. But it seems undeniably and universally true. So I’m going to motion that we consider this a fact and move on.

Anyone want to second that motion?

Winter is the prime time to enjoy some bowl foods. From savory breakfasts to cozy soups, there is just something totally comforting about being able to wrap your hands around a complete, wholesome and nourishing meal. I made these Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole on a recent snowy day and let me tell you, they absolutely hit the spot (and those beers that I had didn’t hurt either!). It was everything savory, sweet, creamy and refreshing that I was craving at that exact moment.

Pineapple in the snow | www.floatingkitchen.net

Question: how do you feel about these photographs (um…not the silly one of the pineapple in the snow, but the ones of the polenta bowls)? They definitely aren’t my usual style. I’m trying to play around more with darker, moodier shots. But I’m unsure. HALP!

Oh I should mention that I used this homemade barbecue sauce recipe and this guacamole recipe. But feel free to substitute those for your favorites! It’s all good!

Cheers,

Liz

Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole

Serves 4

Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole

Ingredients

  • For the Pork
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce

  • For the Bowls
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • About 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple
  • About 1 cup guacamole
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Make the barbecue pork. Place the pork tenderloin in your slow cooker. Cover with the barbecue sauce. Place the lid on your slow cooker and turn it on. Cook the pork tenderloin until it’s extremely tender and falls apart easily, about 4 hours on the high setting or 8 hours on the low setting. Using two forks, shred the pork into smaller pieces. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Make the polenta. In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta and turn down the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook the polenta for about 15-18 minutes, whisking frequently during this time. As the polenta cooks and thickens, you’ll have to further turn down the heat to prevent it from bubbling and splattering. Once the polenta has thickened and the liquid is mostly absorbed, remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the mascarpone cheese, butter and salt. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Assemble the bowls. Divide the polenta evenly between four bowls. Top with some of the shredded pork, pineapple and guacamole. Top with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, if desired. Serve immediately.
  4. Leftovers cans be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days. The polenta will become firm once it’s cooled. Whisk in some warm water or milk to help loosen it.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/barbecue-pork-polenta-bowls-with-pineapple-and-guacamole/

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