Orange Herb Chicken Kabobs with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Grilled Chicken Kabobs paired with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce. Easy gluten free chicken perfect for summer barbecues.

Within this post you’ll learn how to make an easy marinade for chicken kabobs, and an accompanying blueberry balsamic sauce, to pair with one of my favorite margaritas: Cayman Jack. Plus you’ll learn the main ingredients that make up margarita.

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With the heat of summer in full effect, I can’t think of a better pairing than a cold drink and grilled food with friends. I’ve created this Orange Herb Chicken Kabobs with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce recipe to pair with the cool, refreshing taste of Cayman Jack Margarita. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Orange Herb Chicken Kabobs with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce - www.platingpixels.comThese chicken kabobs are easy to prep ahead of time, and can be grilled in minutes once you reach the party. This was inspired by the ease of Cayman Jack Margarita. It’s pre-made and can be enjoyed straight out of the bottle. That’s less time prepping and more time on important things, like socializing with friends or family. The chicken kabobs are marinated in fresh herbs and orange, giving it subtle, but rich flavor undertones. Fresh basil, cilantro, garlic, orange juice, and zest create a crisp and refreshing flavor. The kabobs are wonderful as is, but even better with the Blueberry Balsamic Sauce.

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This isn’t your everyday sauce. You may have heard of mixing fresh blueberries and balsamic vinegar; but lets take it further and add in agave syrup, minced green onions and pickled jalapeños. This is what sets it over the edge. Sweet and tangy with just a bit of spice; similar to the blue agave, cane sugar and lime crispness of the margarita.

I encourage you to marinate the chicken and make the sauce ahead of time. Then bring your chicken, sauce and margarita. You’ll be the star of the party. Have a safe and refreshing summer!

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Cooking Tips: What ingredients are in margarita?

Cayman Jack is crafted with a precise blend of premium natural ingredients:

  • 100 Percent Blue Agave Nectar. It takes great patience and the right conditions to grow this succulent plant.
  • Organic Key Limes. Only organic limes are used; the flavor at the heart of any great margarita. Lime flavorings or chemicals are less than ideal.
  • Pure Cane Sugar from some of the world’s best growing regions create a natural sweetness; without the use fructose corn syrup.

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Orange Herb Chicken Kabobs with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce


Products used in this recipe:

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Hamilton Beach Food Processor
Char-Broil 3-Burner Gas Grill


Recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Medium
Flavor profiles: Bold and meaty, paired with slightly sweet and tangy.
Texture: Moist, tender chicken, with thick blueberry balsamic glaze.
Dietary Options/Substitutions: These are gluten-free. Could substitute fish or shrimp.
Note: Prep time does not include marinating.

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Orange Herb Chicken Kabobs with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Easy gluten free chicken kabobs in fresh herb marinade. Top with rich blueberry balsamic sauce.
Course Grilled Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 –12 kabobs
Author Plating Pixels

Ingredients

Orange Herb Chicken Marinade

  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 medium orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 –3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into ½-inch strips
  • Metal or wooden soaked in water skewers

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled jalapeños
  • 1 green onion stalk sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • ½ teaspoon corn starch mixed with 1–2 teaspoons water

Instructions

Orange Herb Chicken

  1. Add all marinade ingredients (except chicken) into a food processor. Pulse until minced and well combined, stirring and scraping sides as needed.
  2. Place chicken strips and marinade in a large ziplock bag or bowl. Mix to evenly coat. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to four. You can move onto the sauce while marinading.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high. Tightly thread chicken accordion style onto skewers (leave marinade coating on chicken). Lightly coat grill with oil to prevent sticking. Grill 12–15 minutes until cooked through and grill marks appear; rotating midway.

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

  1. Place ½-cup blueberries, jalapeños and green onion into clean food processor. Pulse for roughly 30 seconds to blend into small chunks. Set aside.
  2. In a small pan, heat reaming ½-cup blueberries, balsamic vinegar and agave syrup over medium heat until just boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Smash blueberries in pan with a masher or flat spoon. Stir in cornstarch mix. Increase heat to medium, then boil 2–3 minutes to thicken up, stirring often. Combine with minced blueberry mixture. Allow to cool.
  3. Spoon chilled sauce over grilled chicken kabobs and serve with Cayman Jack Margarita.

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