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Honey Chicken Kabobs

Kabobs are so much fun to make. They remind me of Girl Scout camp and foil dinners, only better. Which is why they make a great family fun dinner?

Create kabobs from meats such as beef tenderloin cubes, boneless chicken breast or turkey, pork, ham, lamb, small meatballs, bacon slices, sausage, shrimp, scallops and other seafood. Add vegetables and fruits such as onions, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pineapple, apple wedges, peaches, mango and apricots.

Choose a marinade that goes well with the combination of ingredients you are using. Try bottled sauces, marinades and salad dressings or come up with your own. Honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper and season salts are simple bases to start with.

Discard any left over marinade that raw meat has been soaking in. If you like to baste, use a fresh batch. If you use wooden skewers, they must be soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Don’t have a grill? Bake them in the oven at 350.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic
5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces

12 slices bacon, partially cooked, optional

Pineapple chunks, optional

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while cooking. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours. Yields 12 servings

Preheat the grill for high heat.

Drain marinade from the chicken and vegetables; discard marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.