We love to grill in our home. Every now and then we get crazy and switch it up and make grilled chicken skewers. I mean, you can never go wrong with meat on a stick! I always love to experiment and come up with new flavor creations to keep my family's palate energized. Fresh figs are a fruit that I do not normally cook with, but when I was challenged to come up with a grilled chicken recipe using Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing. I was excited to see what I could create. That’s when I brainstormed these Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers.
Making chicken skewers is extremely simple to make. Here are a few of the kitchen tools you will find you need to make skewers.
- Wood or metal skewers. If you opt for the bamboo wooden skewers that you can find at your local grocery store or online, you will need to soak them in water to prevent your protein and vegetables from sticking and burning to the skewer. Wood burns! But when it’s wet it will burn much less, which helps prevent the food from sticking to the skewer.
- Cooking spray! This is key when grilling any type of food. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized how essential cooking spray is when grilling. You can find cooking spray made for the grill at any local grocery store now.
- Tongs! You’ll want a set of tongs when handling skewers on the grill. This is especially true if you're handling the metal skewers.
- Spatula. I found that using a spatula plus one pair of tongs to remove the skewers off the grill will keep the cooked meat and vegetables intact.
- Baking sheet. Whenever I’m grilling, I love to transport my food from the grill onto a baking sheet to transport the food inside. It’s the largest platter I have on hand, which means I only have one dish to dirty instead of multiple small plates.
For those who have never consumed grilled figs, you might be wondering what they taste like. When cooked, figs have a similar texture to grilled squash. They have a thin layer of skin and a soft fleshy body just like squash have. Depending on the variety will depend how sweet your fig is.
If you want to try something new or maybe you're a connoisseur of fresh figs, I hope you’ll give my recipe for Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers a try.