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Adobo-Honey Chicken Kebabs
with cucumber salad and quinoa

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
These chicken kebabs are topped with an adobo-honey sauce that's sweet, tangy, and ends with a light kick. Enjoy with a cool salad and some quinoa for a simple, complete meal.
Smarts: Adobo sauce is a smoky sauce common in Latin cooking. Chipotle peppers are typically sold in adobo sauce. Divide and freeze in small portions so you don't waste it.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Quinoa:
  • Quinoa - 2/3 cup, uncooked
Adobo-Honey Sauce:
  • Green onions, white parts - 2 stalks
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
  • Red wine vinegar - 3 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Adobo sauce (usually found with canned chipotle peppers) - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Plain Greek yogurt - 1/2 cup
Cucumber Salad:
  • Cucumbers - 1/2 lb, chopped
  • Iceberg lettuce - 1/3 head, sliced
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
Adobo-Honey Chicken Kebabs:
  • Chicken thighs - 1 lb, boneless
  • Adobo-honey sauce - 3 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp ((Ingredients listed separately))
  • Skewers - 8 to 16 ((If using flat skewers, you'll just need 1 / kebab))

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Prep

  1. Make adobo-honey sauce - This makes enough for tomorrow night. In a blender, combine white parts of green onions, garlic clove, red wine vinegar, honey, adobo sauce, salt, and Greek yogurt. Puree until well-blended. Season to taste with any of the ingredients. Reserve half for tomorrow night. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Prepare kebabs - Slice chicken up into strips, long ways. You'll want them to be 3/4" (2 cm) wide. Marinate and tenderize with first part of adobo-honey sauce and thread skewers through chicken strips. You should make 2 kebabs / person. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  3. Quinoa - Double if making Wednesday’s dinner. Combine quinoa with 2x the amount of water (or stock if you prefer) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. If you doubled, reserve half for tomorrow night. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cucumbers / Iceberg lettuce - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Whisk together maple syrup, Dijon, apple cider vinegar and oil (double if making tomorrow night's dinner). Set aside.
  2. If using an outdoor grill: Heat your outdoor grill up to 500F(or 260C) degrees. Brush grill grates with cooking oil and then lay kebabs over direct heat. Sear on opposite sides for 3 minutes each with cover closed. Then move to indirect heat, close cover, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until chicken is cooked to 165F (74C) degrees.
  3. If using a grill pan: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pan with cooking oil and then lay skewers down on the pan. Sear on opposite sides for 3 minutes each. Then lower heat and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until chicken is cooked to 165F (74C) degrees.
  4. Take kebabs off pan or grill and brush immediately with some more adobo-honey sauce, and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss vinaigrette with cucumbers and lettuce. Enjoy kebabs with salad and quinoa. Feel free to use remainder of the adobo-honey sauce with the kebabs.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (370)
Gluten-free (28)
Paleo (42)
Vegetarian (41)

155 reviews

I completely changed this entire recipe bc I was tired and didn't have all the ingredients. Still turned out great! (To my future self-I wrote down the changes on a recipe card in the recipe book)

By: Julia
Posted: Sep 18, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The quinoa and the zucchini and mushroom sauteed with sauce was delish but the salad was a big miss on every one side

By: Genepher
Posted: Apr 20, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Well this is 3 stars because of the side dish..it was a total miss. I mixed the quinoa with mushroom and zucchini...the sauce was good.

By: Genepher
Posted: Apr 19, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Husband made this (not on the kebab); the sauce was yummy.

By: Karin
Posted: Dec 12, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

They gobbled it up

By: Kara
Posted: Apr 14, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

The chicken was delicious. We made it like a stirfry rather than on skewers, though. I made the quinoa in broth instead of water and used butter lettuce instead of iceberg.

By: Lucie
Posted: Mar 30, 2016
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful