SOURCE: Tabasco

April 11, 2014 11:41 ET

Light Up the Grill With Crowd-Pleasing Skewers

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Apr 11, 2014) -  (Family Features) Dust off your grill and light up the coals -- it's time to move the party back to the warm outdoors. Enjoy the company of friends and family this summer with this easy, make-ahead recipe for grilled Chicken Skewers with Avocado Cream Dip. These versatile treats are sure to please any guest.

Grilling Tips
Here are a few tips and tricks to use when grilling:

  • Marinate meats overnight in a cajun-style marinade, made with vegetable oil, vinegar, minced celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic, Cajun Seasoning, and Tabasco Original Red Sauce for grill-ready flavor that will save you time and stress the next day.

  • To please a diverse crowd, prepare an assortment of marinated vegetables and meats for guests to customize their own skewers.

  • Add a few dashes of Tabasco Original Red Sauce to your favorite condiments for a spicy twist on classics like bottled ketchup, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise.

  • Soaking wooden skewers in warm water 30 minutes before grilling will help prevent them from burning.

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Chicken Skewers with Avocado Cream Dip
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 6 appetizer portions

1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons key lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon Achiote paste
1 tablespoon minced white onion
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
4 (5-ounce) chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes, 36 pieces total
1 medium-sized ripe avocado
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon key lime juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 1-inch square pieces white onion (about 1/2 onion)
12 1-inch square pieces green bell pepper (about 1/2 pepper)
12 1-inch square pieces red bell pepper (about 1/2 pepper)

Whisk marinade ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Fold in chicken pieces. Mix well. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes to an hour.

While chicken is marinating, place all dip ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

To assemble skewers: thread one piece of red pepper onto a 3 to 4-inch skewer or toothpick, followed by chicken, onion, another piece of chicken, and green pepper.

Preheat either a grill or a stovetop griddle to medium-high heat. Cook the skewers on the first side, about 2 minutes, then turn, cooking for 2 minutes on all 4 sides.

Serve with Avocado Cream Dip.

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