In The Kitchen: Fire up the grill for chicken

Two delicious chicken dishes are summer favorites for the grill: Peach Grilled Chicken and Skewered Chicken With Peanut Sauce.

Two delicious chicken dishes are summer favorites for the grill: Peach Grilled Chicken and Skewered Chicken With Peanut Sauce.

Chicken is a great meat to grill in the summertime. The key to good chicken, especially when cooking on the grill, is to keep it moist and not let it dry out. It’s easy to over-cook chicken on a grill, and I have found that a simple marinade not only enhances the flavor, but helps me keep grilled chicken moist and delicious.

These two recipes are simple and delicious. Even the skewered chicken was moist and tender after grilling. The first recipe can be made with a peach flavor, or, if you prefer, apricot.

Peach Grilled Chicken

2 to 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 Tablespoon honey

1/ 2 cup peach or apricot jam

To make marinade, combine all ingredients except chicken in small bowl. Mix well. Place chicken in a baking dish or larger bowl, and pour 3/4 of the marinade over chicken. Cover with plastic and let marinade for a least 1 hour. Cook chicken on a hot grill until done and juices run clear.

Near end of grilling, brush or spoon the rest of the glaze or marinade over the chicken and continue to cook at least 1 more minute so the marinade/glaze will be warm.

Chicken with Peanut Sauce

1 package unbreaded chicken tenders

1/2 cup cream of coconut

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. Combine all the ingredients except chicken in a bowl. Blend with a whisk.

Thread chicken tenders onto wooden skewers. Pour marinade over the chicken tenders. Marinate for about 30 minutes. Grill these for about 5 minutes on each side or until done and lightly browned. You can also use metal skewers.

Serve with Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tablespoon lime juice

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup cream of coconut

1/3 cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Chill. This sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. Just keep covered and chilled. Serve with the chicken skewers.

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