Today, we’re embarking on a culinary journey that will transport your taste buds straight to flavor paradise. We’re talking about Juicy Chicken Skewers, a recipe that’s not only easy to make but also delivers on taste in a big way. Whether you’re planning a family dinner or a backyard barbecue, these skewers are sure to impress. So, grab your apron, and let’s dive into this delicious adventure together.
The Key to Juiciness: Ingredients
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the recipe, let’s take a moment to appreciate the star players in this dish. Here’s what you’ll need to create these succulent Juicy Chicken Skewers:
For the Chicken:
– 2 lbs boneless chicken breast or thighs
– 1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
– 1 packet or 1 tsp Goya Sazon (for that extra flavor kick)
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp smoked paprika (for that smoky depth)
– 2 tsp poultry seasoning
– 1 TBSP chopped parsley (freshness alert!)
– 1/2 tsp lemon juice (for that zesty zing)
– 2 tsp olive oil (for a touch of Mediterranean goodness)
– Coarse salt to taste (because seasoning is everything)
Now that we’ve got our ingredients lined up, let’s dive into the culinary journey of crafting these Juicy Chicken Skewers.
Slice and Dice – Preparing the Chicken
Begin by taking those boneless chicken breasts or thighs and slicing them into 2-3 inch pieces. These bite-sized beauties are the canvas for our flavor masterpiece, so take your time to get them just right.
The Flavor Fusion – Marinating the Chicken
In a mixing bowl, it’s time to bring all those incredible flavors together. Combine the full-fat Greek yogurt, Goya Sazon, garlic powder, smoked paprika, poultry seasoning, chopped parsley, lemon juice, and that wonderful olive oil. Give it a good stir until everything harmonizes beautifully.
Now, here’s the fun part: Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Feel free to add a pinch more salt or a dash of any of the spices if you desire. This is your opportunity to tailor the flavor profile to your taste buds’ preferences.
Add those beautifully sliced chicken pieces into the mixing bowl filled with this flavor-packed yogurt mixture. Toss them gently to ensure each piece gets an even coating of this culinary delight. It’s like giving your chicken a spa treatment, but for flavor.
Patience is a Flavor Virtue – Refrigerate Overnight
Now, here’s where patience pays off big time. Cover that bowl of marinated chicken with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge overnight. This time allows the chicken to soak in all those incredible flavors, ensuring each bite is a burst of juiciness and seasoning.
The Sizzle Begins – Cooking the Skewers
Preheat your oven to a toasty 400°F. While it’s heating up, let’s get those skewers ready. If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes before using. This prevents them from catching fire while cooking.
Now, thread 4-5 pieces of your marinated chicken onto each skewer. You’ll notice that the yogurt marinade has worked its magic, coating the chicken pieces with a creamy layer of flavor.
Bake to Perfection – Oven Time
Place your skewers on a baking sheet equipped with a wire rack. This setup ensures that the heat circulates evenly around the skewers, ensuring that every piece cooks to perfection.
Pop them into the preheated oven, uncovered, and let them bake for 10 minutes. After that, give each skewer a gentle flip and continue baking for another 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. That’s the magic number for perfectly cooked poultry.
Serving and Savoring
The moment has arrived! Take those sizzling skewers out of the oven and let them cool for just a minute or two. Then, it’s time to serve them up with your choice of sides. Whether you prefer our refreshing tzatziki sauce, fluffy rice, or warm pita bread, these Juicy Chicken Skewers are the perfect companion.
And there you have it, folks! A culinary adventure that results in Juicy Chicken Skewers that are tender, flavorful, and downright irresistible. The combination of yogurt, spices, and a touch of lemon juice creates a harmonious symphony of taste that you won’t be able to get enough of.
So, the next time you’re looking to impress your guests or simply satisfy your own craving for something extraordinary, remember this recipe. It’s a flavor explosion that will elevate your chicken game to new heights. Enjoy every succulent bite, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself making these Juicy Chicken Skewers again and again.
Happy cooking, and may your taste buds forever dance with delight!
Juicy Chicken Skewers
- 2 lbs boneless chicken breast or thighs
- 1 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 packet or 1 tsp Goya Sazon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 TBSP chopped parsley
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Coarse salt to taste
Slice the chicken into 2-3 inch pieces; set aside
In a mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients, stir well.
Taste the mixture and adjust seasoning as desired.
Add in the chicken pieces and toss well to coat evenly.
Cover with play wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Add 4-5 pieces of chicken to each skewer*
Place the skewers on a baking sheet with a wired rack.
Bake, uncovered, for 10 mins.
Flip each skewer over and continue baking for another 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature the chicken reaches 165°F
Serve with your choice of sides.
*if using wooden/bamboo skewers, soak them in warm water 30 minutes prior to baking to prevent burning.