Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers Recipe

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.

Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers prep work

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.

Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers on plate ready to serve

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.

Spiced Fig Grilled Chicken Skewers Recipe

Serves 10 | Finish in 27 minutes
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Grilled Spiced Fig Chicken Skewers make for the perfect addition to any barbecue dinner. Chicken breast marinated in sweet tangy Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing, skewered with fresh figs and red onions. Grilled to perfection then finished off by using a basting brush to add additional Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing to the skewers.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenders, cut 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing, divided
  • 4 figs, cut in halves or quarters depending on the size
  • 1/2 red onion, quartered
  • 10 6-inch bamboo skewers
  • Grill Cooking Spray

Directions

  1. Cut the boneless skinless chicken tenders into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a zip-top bag or container. Pour 1/4 cup of the Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing into the bag. Seal and mix well making sure all the dressing is evenly distributed between the chicken. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour no longer then 24 hours.
  2. Soak the wood skewers in water until you're ready to grill.
  3. Once you're ready to cook the skewers, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and the wood skewers from the water. Cut the fresh figs in half and quarter the onion. Create an assembly line, so it's easy to skewer. Skewer in the following order: one piece of chicken, red onion, chicken, fresh fig, chicken, and fresh fig. Repeat until all the chicken skewers are assembled.
  4. Heat the grill on high. Once the internal temperature reaches 500 reduce to low. Clean the grill and coat with grill cooking spray.
  5. Place the chicken skewers on the grill. Grill for 5-6 minutes, then turn and grill for an additional 5-6 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Lastly, using a silicone basting brush, brush on the additional Litehouse® Spiced Fig Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing on to the kabobs. Serve immediately.

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