Healthy and Sane

CEiMB: marinated chicken and grape skewers

March 25th, 2010 · 19 Comments · chicken, Ellie Krieger

Hi guys, it’s Thursday, which means another CEiMB recipe is featured on Healthy and Sane. This week is a little special, though. I am the host, which means I got to pick the recipe hopefully a bunch of people enjoyed this week. It wasn’t a hard decision. I watch Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger every week, with my laptop by my side, adding the “must make” recipes to the list. Of course I also have both of her cookbooks but the recipe I chose for this week, the marinated chicken and grape skewers, may have escaped me if it wasn’t for the show, since there wasn’t a pretty picture to accompany it.

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This recipe was part of the “Expect the Unexpected” episode on Healthy Appetite, which featured classic recipes with a twist. The grapes were the unexpected ingredient, which to me sounded like the perfect sweet balance to the savory grilled chicken. If you’ve never had grilled/roasted grapes with meat, you must try this combo! They are especially nice with pork and as I found out this week, also go amazingly well with chicken. The grapes caramelize and pop in your mouth. Delicious!

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Since we already have dinner plans this Thursday (restaurant week continues), I planned on making these skewers this Tuesday. To be honest I didn’t really read the recipe before hand, but I knew chicken and grapes were involved so I made sure to buy those after work. Then I got to my kitchen and realized that the chicken needed to be marinaded. Duh, Elina, that’s in the recipe name! I was afraid just 20 minutes would not be enough to impart the lemony/garlicky flavor of the marinade but I had no choice. I was hungry and 20 minutes was the most I could wait. I crossed my fingers.

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The second problem was the side. I was just going to wing it with some steamed veggie. And then I realized – I am hosting the recipe this week. Common, Elina, you can do a little better than that! :)

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So I did do a little better than that. No, A LOT better than that. I rolled and grilled a little piece of pizza dough that’s been sitting in the fridge begging to be made into something (the flatbreads were sprinkled with zaatar), made a lovely veggie salad (mixed greens, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, a drizzle of lemon juice) that was bursting with freshness, and served it with a side of smarter tartar that also just happened to be leftover from my last Ellie meal and complimented this Mediterranean feast perfectly! Man, this was goooood!

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Adam proclaimed that this was the best thing I’ve ever made!! I think he says that a lot but he couldn’t remember something he enjoyed quite this much in a while. Honestly, I think the flatbread stole his heart but the chicken was also super juicy and flavorful (20 minutes of marinading was plenty. phew!) and the fresh veggies and sweet grapes just all went so well together. I was proud, very proud, since I pulled this out of nowhere. :mrgreen:

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What unexpected pairing did you enjoy recently?

PS- the leftovers were awesome stuffed in a ww pita :)

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Husband Adam

    The bread did steal the show, but I could eat that meal every day :)

  • #2 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I love sweet and savory together, and that looks delicious!! Did you actually cook them on a grill, or in a grill pan? I wish I had a grill :)

  • #3 - Joanne

    We weren’t big fans of this recipe but then again, I used shrimp and I left out the grapes because they always go to waste.
    I think this dish might make a great party food in which case I could use up the grapes. :)

  • #4 - Elina

    Sophie – I used a grill pan :)

    Joanne – sorry you didn’t enjoy it. I definitely recommend it as is.

  • #5 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    Love the husband’s comment above, it must have been good!

  • #6 - MelissaNibbles

    I would NEVER think to put those ingredients together. I’m going to try this. Thanks!

  • #7 - bhealtheir

    hey there! Great blog! I love the photos of those skewers yummm and what a great combo!

  • #8 - Liz

    Great choice! I wasn’t crazy about the grapes, but the marinade was quite tasty. I only let mine marinate for for about 20 minutes, plus I forgot to “toss” so it ended up only being well-covered on one side lol – but there was still plenty of flavor.

  • #9 - Cara

    Everytime I see a recipe involving cooked grapes, I think, “that’s something I haven’t tried – I need to do it!” And I keep forgetting! but this time, I really really promise to make this because I am dang curious :) The za’atar spiced flatbread sounds like the perfect compliment too!

  • #10 - Amanda

    That looks super good! I will definetly be trying this soon. Especially in the pita. Yummm…can’t wait!

  • #11 - One Healthy Apple

    This looks great- I don’t attempt anything nearly this complicated on a weeknight and applaud you!

  • #12 - Kerstin

    Now that’s one gorgeous, fresh, and healthy meal! That’s great the marinade only took 20 min too. Such a unique flavor combination I’d love to try.

  • #13 - Emily

    Grapes and grilled chicken! So simple, yet I never would have thought! I bet it’s delishh!

  • #14 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Wow, if Adam said it’s the best thing you’ve ever made, that is really saying something! This is definitely getting bookmarked, then!

  • #15 - Diana @ forntyardfoodie

    Oh yummy! That looks great! I generally don’t like to go the route of savory mixed with fruit but in this case that actually sounds really good. Maybe it’s because grapes are also kind of tart.

    Way to go on the dinner!

  • #16 - kitchenbelle

    Wow, this sounds delicious! What an interesting combination–I would never think to grill grapes!

  • #17 - Gabriela (froyolover)

    Holy YUM – amazing recipe, Elina!
    Have a great weekend 😉
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  • #18 - Margaret

    Sorry, I didn’t cook with you this week. FAmily is NOT big on grilled fruit. But think I will go back and do just the chicken in the marinade for some pitas.

    YOurs looks delicious.

  • #19 - Shannon

    ooh, i could totally see how this would work, and i’m going to need to make it! great job with the bread, too :)