Chicken Skewers ~ grilled chicken thighs with apricot ~ ginger marinade

We were in the mood for an Asian inspired dish this week and decided to try a chicken skewer with a ginger marinade.  It’s always fun to pick new flavors; this week apricot preserves were our inspiration.  I’ve always thought it was fun to see what we can create with a seemingly odd mix of ingredients.  I can say if someone had told me a few years ago to combine apricot preserves, garlic and soy sauce I’d have thought they were nuts but add in the right mix of ingredients and a delicious marinade is created!

Apricot ~ Ginger Marinade

  • 1 tsp zested ginger
  • 2 tsp zested garlic
  • 1 Tbs zested jalapeno
  • 3 Tbs apricot preserves
  • 1 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs rice wine vinegar

Combine above ingredients and add meat to marinade; I used boneless skinless chicken thighs.  Refrigerate overnight.  Grill or cook chicken as desired.

We enjoyed ours with rice and glazed while grilling with a mix of equal parts brown sugar and apricot preserves and a dash of orange juice.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Chipotle Marinated Grilled Shrimp

We’d opened some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and I needed yet another recipe to try them in.  We loved the way these tasted.  I was a bit rushed to cook them so next time I will allow more time for the marinade to set in.  It was a perfect balance of sweet and spice.; I will definitely be making these again!

Chipotle Shrimp Marinade

  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pepper from the chipotle in adobo sauce ~ diced
  • 1/8 cup of the adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic ~ minced
  • juice from one lime
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Combine ingredients in small sauce pan.  Bring to simmer allowing sugar to dissolve and flavors to combine.  Allow to cool and toss with 1 pound raw shrimp; refrigerate for at least an hour.  Skewer shrimp if grilling; pour off excess marinade and reheat for basting if desired.

Grill shrimp or sauté over medium high heat.

Enjoy ~ Kimberely