The other day I decided (in a rare, nesting-moment of pure adrenaline) to clean out my freezer. While deep in the bowels of that frozen tundra I found a few wayward popsicles, a corkcicle I keep forgetting to use and small bag of frozen mango leftover from the last time I made carnitas. I didn’t want to throw the mango away, but since the carnitas were the only recipe I knew to use it in I decided to dream up something else. I went with mango jerk chicken skewers, and I was BLOWN away by how good they turned out. This recipe is definitely one to add to your grill sometime this summer!
Here’s What You’ll Need
1 – 2 Pounds of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – cut into large cubes
1 Whole Ripe Mango – you can also use the canned variety, in which case you’ll want 1 Cup of Mango
1 Tsp of ground nutmeg
1 Tsp of ground cinnamon
1 Tbls of Dried Onion Flakes
1/8 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Tsp of dried Thyme
1 lime, juiced
1 Garlic Clove – Roughly Chopped
1 Tsp of Ginger Powder
In a food processor combine everything but your chicken and your salt and pepper.
Combine ingredients to create a thick marinade… this incidentally smells amazing and you may be tempted to eat it as-is.
Set marinade to the side and cut chicken into large cubes… this is decidedly easier if your chicken is just a little bit frozen. Be sure to remove any excess skin from the pieces before you add them to the marinade.
Pour marinade into a large ziploc bag or a tupperware container and add chicken to soak up the flavor. I made my marinade in the morning and cooked the chicken for dinner so I’d recommend at least 4-5 hours in the marinade before cooking it.
After marinating you’re ready to skewer the chicken. Slide 4-5 chicken pieces on a skewer allowing them to touch each other. Quick Tip: if you’re using wooden skewers you have to soak them in water for AT LEAST an hour before grilling, otherwise they’ll burn to a crisp the second you put them on the grill!
Heat grill to medium heat. Next sprinkle skewers generously with salt and pepper and use a grill spray to grease your grates. Please chicken on grates and cook with the lid closed for about 45 minutes or until cooked through. Be sure to turn the skewers throughout the cooking process to allow them to cook evenly.
Once cooked completely, remove from heat and serve immediately.
These skewers make a great main course or, for a party you could do 1-2 pieces per skewer along with a fab dip and have a fun appetizer. The sweetness of the mango combined with the surprising kick of the spices make this a dish you wont soon forget!