A marinade can make or break a meal, adding fantastic flavor or overpowering the meal. However, marinades are an important tool in any cooks arsenal, and they’re not difficult to master. These Marinated Chicken Kabobs are a prime example of how a simple marinade can add a burst of unexpected flavor, and we’ve rounded up some tips to get you going on your next marinade.
1. Set the timer
Grab the meat, throw it in the bag, and leave it alone–it seems easy enough, but you have to remember that different meats and veggies are texturally different. What will make red meat sing will quickly overpower fish or even poultry.
Here’s a handy reference:
- Fish and Seafood : 15 min to 1 hour
- Poultry: ½ hour to 3 hours
- Vegetables: ½ hour
- Red meat: Overnight
2. Be safe
That’s raw meat you’re sloshing around in there. That means, never, ever reuse a marinade for separate dishes, and marinate in the fridge, not the counter. You can brush on leftover marinade while cooking for an extra burst of flavor, but stop well before pull-out time so anything harmful you’re brushing on has time to cook off. Really, really want to use it as a sauce or an extra boost? Boil the leftover marinade for a good three to five minutes to kill off any bad bugs.
3. Stay away from metal
Your big stainless steel bowl may seem perfect for marinating tomorrow’s steaks, but steer clear: marinades are all about chemical reactions. Most marinades include some acidic ingredient, and when left alone, it can react with the metal. Not only does this make your meat taste funky, but can be bad for you. Stick with the handy gallon Zip-Loc bag, or a ceramic or glass container covered in plastic wrap.
- Cooking Time: 5
- Servings: 2
- Preparation Time: 5
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
- (about 1 inch in size)
- 2 tablespoons Sabra® Roasted Garlic or Onion Greek Style Veggie Dip, divided
- 1/8th teaspoon turmeric
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped into chunks (about 1 inch in size)
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped into chunks (about 1 inch in size)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- STIR chicken, ½ container Sabra® Roasted Garlic or Onion Greek Style Veggie Dip and turmeric together in a small mixing bowl. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour allowing the veggie dip to tenderize and flavor the chicken.
- PREHEAT broiler or grill.
- ASSEMBLE kebabs, alternating pepper, onion and chicken on the skewers.
- GRILL on charcoal grill outside or under the broiler indoors. Cook 10-15 minutes or until juice runs clear from the chicken.
- BRUSH remaining yogurt dip over hot kebabs.
- SERVE warm with a salad (try our cucumber avocado salad recipe), rice and warm pita bread for a Mediterranean style dinner.