Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lemon Cumin Chicken

For this week's recipe I was excited to use lamb since I rarely cook with it since my husband is not a big fan. My parents were coming for dinner, so I figured it would be a perfect time to do a couple of different kinds of kebabs and let people eat what they wanted. Unfortunately, the grocery store did not have any lamb that could be used for kebabs...bummer.

Oh well, I made do. Instead I picked up some chicken tenders (which are my favorites for kebabs--super easy!) and some steak tips (to make the picky husband happy). I got up early on Wednesday morning and mixed up the marinade and put the chicken in. I marinated the steak is some spicy BBQ type sauce.

The marinade was easy to make...especially with this handy tool:

For those of you who do not have a microplane, it is one of my favorite gadgets! It is great for grating hard cheeses, nutmeg, and in this case, ginger and garlic!

The chicken sat in the marinade all day and then I skewered everything up. I kept the veggies separate (picky husband strikes again) and did two skewers of chicken and two of steak.

And while I may complain a bit about the fact that my husband is picky, he did do all the actual cooking while I visited with my parents, so I have to give him some credit!
We served everything with a simple salad with balsamic and olive oil and some grilled corn on the cob. The chicken was full of flavor and very tender. The lemon and the cumin really stood out. I LOVE cumin, so I thought it was great. My parents aren't huge cumin fans, but they thought it was pretty good--and even my dear husband had a second helping of the chicken! I think I would definitely use the marinade again--this time with lamb or maybe even the pork tenderloin I have in the fridge right now!

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