The only BBQ Chicken Kebabs recipe you need!
BBQ Chicken screams summer fun. Who doesn’t like BBQ chicken? I love the kebab concept! Bite sized pieces of chicken that are easy to add to salads, pitas, or any dinner make these BBQ Chicken Kebabs perfect. Portion control is easy with kebabs because one kebab can equal one portion. Cut your chicken into small, bite-sized pieces and weigh it giving each skewer 4 oz. of chicken – the perfect portion size! Want a different spin on BBQ Chicken? Try serving a skewer of BBQ Chicken over some brown rice or over a spinach salad.
This isn’t your ordinary barbecue chicken. In fact, these BBQ Chicken Kebabs are the best barbecue chicken I’ve tasted. There are a few easy extra steps that really add a depth of flavor that you can’t get from just BBQ sauce.
One of those extras is the addition of processed raw bacon; a bacon paste, if you will (stay with me here… I promise you’ll thank me for it). Just cut up a few slices of raw bacon, then put the pieces in a food processor and process until you have bacon paste or puree (see my notes about a multi purpose tool that works great for doing this and save on the food processor!). The bacon doesn’t actually add much of an overly bacon flavor, but more of a smoky flavor that enhances the rub and the sauce. Sounds weird, but it’s the secret ingredient that makes these amazing!
Food processors can be expensive. I wanted to tell you what I love to use instead… it’s a multi-purpose tool! There are some models of immersion blenders that come with a food processor attachment! Now an immersion blender (aka smart stick) is just a great tool to have. I use it to make my bacon paste. It is quick and easy to use. I love my smart stick! There are so many great uses for it like; making protein shakes, whipping eggs, whipping cream, emulsifying salad dressing, pureeing sauces, making salsa and even guacamole. Anyway, let me know if you get one and if you love it as much as we do!
Another flavorful addition that really adds flavor is a rub made of paprika, smoked paprika, and sugar. Yes, that’s right… smoked paprika. There IS such a thing!
Before threading the chicken onto stainless steel skewers, coat the chicken with the bacon paste and the paprika spice mixture. I used my hands to mix it all together and you should’ve seen my hands… they looked bright red and clumpy, about like the coated chicken does in the picture. But don’t worry, it rinsed right off.
Source: Fabulously Frugal