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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/

May Eat Seasonal Recipes

May Eat Seasonal Recipes

Roasted Rhubarb Crazy Berry Meringues by Letty’s Kitchen

Polenta with Asparagus, Pancetta and a Poached Egg by Vintage Mixer

Baked Cauliflower Casserole with Goat Cheese by Cookin’ Canuck

Date-Sweetened Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie by JoyFoodSunshine

Sea Salt Focaccia with Radish Ramp Butter by Simple Bites

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Tempeh Power Salad {vegan} by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Halloumi Salad with Beets and Blackberries by Kitchen Confidante

Spring Farro Salad with Feta, Lemon, and Mint by Flavor the Moments

Spiralized Zucchini, Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers by Foodie Crush

Chocolate Rhubarb Pavlova by Suitcase Foodist

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Arugula and Chickpeas by Aggie’s Kitchen

Radish and Asparagus Breakfast Bowls by Food for My Family

Hummus and Salad Flatbread Pizza by Completely Delicious

  • Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats

Posted on April 3, 2017

As promised (or threatened?), I’m back today with another recipe using kumquats.

I’ve been working diligently on that case that my Mom gave me a couple of weeks ago. But progress seems slow. I even tried to give some away. But people stare at you funny when you try to force a zip-closure bag full of miniature looking oranges onto them.

Oh well. I can’t really complain. Kumquats are only available around here for a short period of time, so I’m happy to indulge in them while they’re in season.

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats | www.floatingkitchen.net

The other seasonal item that I’m binging on right now is asparagus. And it seems that you guys are doing the same. Because when I asked you to tell me what Spring vegetable was your favorite, the results came back loud and clear. Asparagus takes the cake.

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats | www.floatingkitchen.net

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats | www.floatingkitchen.net

So armed with the knowledge that you all love asparagus, and my bottomless case of kumquats, I created this easy recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats. You only need seven ingredients for this dish. And about 15 minutes of time. Easy peasy. It’s vegan and gluten free, too. Try it out as a side dish for Easter or Mother’s Day brunch. Or use it to top grain bowls, savory waffles, etc. It’s completely addicting. I ate the entire pan by myself in just two sittings!

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats | www.floatingkitchen.net

I’m sharing this delicious recipe as part of our monthly seasonal produce round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Check out Becky’s April Produce Guide to learn about which fruits and vegetables are best to be enjoyed this month. You’ll also find plenty of recipe ideas, too. And for additional April inspiration (say that five times fast!), click on the links below to see what new creations some of my blogging friends whipped up this month.

Cheers,

Liz

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats

Serves about 6

Roasted Asparagus with Sautéed Shallots and Kumquats

Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus, bottom 1-inch trimmed and discarded
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup sliced shallots (from about 2 medium shallots)
  • 1 cup sliced kumquats
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spread the asparagus out onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. Transfer to your oven and roast for 10-12 minutes. Remove and cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced kumquats and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  3. To serve, place the asparagus on a serving plate. Top the asparagus with the shallot-kumquat mixture. Then sprinkle with the fresh dill. Enjoy immediately.
http://www.floatingkitchen.net/roasted-asparagus-with-sauteed-shallots-and-kumquats/

April Eat Seasonal Recipes

April Eat Seasonal Recipes | www.floatingkitchen.net

Sugar Snap Pea and Bacon Salad by Completely Delicious

BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Veggie Burgers by She Likes Food

Asparagus Grilled Cheese by Vintage Mixer

Frittata with Ham and Asparagus by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Easy Homemade Guacamole by Joy Food Sunshine

Sorghum Vegetable Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette by Cafe Johnsonia

Mushroom Rosemary Olive Oil Bread by Cookin’ Canuck

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic, Gorgonzola and Walnuts by Aggie’s Kitchen

Polenta Cauliflower Torta with Roasted Asparagus by Letty’s Kitchen

Herbed Potato Rösti with Peas, Shallots, and Bacon by Food for My Family

Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Walnut-Bacon Crumble by Simple Bites

Creamy Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus by Foodie Crush

Ultimate Veggie Sandwich with Lemon Herb Cream Cheese by Flavor the Moments

Spring Mint & Papaya Batido by Suitcase Foodist

Skillet Shrimp with Lime and Green Curry Compound Butter by Kitchen Confidante

Loaded Guacamole Tacos by Mountain Mama Cooks

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