Hoisin Marmalade Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass Rice

I’ve been hard at work experimenting with rice based recipes for Jaime Oliver’s Search for a FoodTube Star with Uncle Ben’s Competition. I can’t remember the last time I ate rice this often. By happy accident, I had actually already been working on this particular recipe before I learned of the competition, about a month ago.

I don’t make enough money off my blog to keep myself in the manner to which I’ve become accustomed, so I continue to work in a completely unrelated field during the day. And because of issues at work, I’ve been working some very long hours. On those days, I need a quick dinner to come home to.

This dinner is insanely easy to prepare. I simply whisk up a thick glaze of sweet hoisin sauce and orange marmalade, throw in a little fish sauce for some dark saltiness, and a pinch of red chili-pepper flakes to offset the sweetness with a little kick. I pour the glaze over some chicken breast and let it sit while I start the rice, which is really no more than rice cooked with a stalk of lemongrass for some extra flavor.

 

Hoisin Marmalade Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass Rice

 

I like to alternate the chicken pieces on the skewers with orange slices. It makes for a pretty presentation and a wonderful aroma when grilling.

 

Hoisin Marmalade Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass Rice

 

While the rice is steaming, I cook the chicken on my propane grill. Chicken breast cooks up quickly, taking only about 2 minutes on each side.

 

Hoisin Marmalade Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass Rice

 

The entire dish takes about 20 minutes to prepare and serve, perfect for those busy days. I’ve added this to my repertoire of go-to weeknight meals.

 

 

Hoisin Marmalade Chicken Skewers with Lemongrass Rice
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1 skewer + ½ cup cooked rice
  • Calories: 277.9
  • Fat: 5.9
  • Saturated fat: 1.8
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9
  • Carbohydrates: 29.4
  • Sugar: 13.1
  • Sodium: 549.7
  • Fiber: 1.1
  • Protein: 26.7
  • Cholesterol: 65.5
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Poultry
In my first entry for Jaime Oliver's Search for a FoodTube Star with Uncle Ben's competition, I'm giving you my original recipe for an easy and delicious 20 minute meal of sweetly spiced chicken skewers served with fragrant lemongrass-infused rice.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 orange, halved and sliced (optional)
  • 8 bamboo skewers
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and halved lengthwise
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, marmalade, fish sauce, and red chili pepper flakes.
  2. Mix the chicken pieces with the glaze and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil. Let toast for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Add the water and lemongrass to the rice. Bring to a boil then reduce to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.
  5. While the rice is cooking, arrange the chicken on the skewers. Use 2 bamboo skewers for each to keep the chicken steady on the grill. Alternate the chicken with orange pieces (optional).
  6. Cook the chicken on a grill on low for about 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve immediately.

 

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Colleen Fields is a food enthusiast and healthy lifestyle convert who has married these two interests to create delicious dishes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a single, working mom, Colleen struggled with her weight for years and tried every diet out there without success. When she began her weight loss journey, she realized that her cooking style needed to change. However, Colleen recognized that the only “healthy” cookbooks and television shows available focused on deprivational diets rather than behavioral changes that lead to long term weight loss success. As a result, she began experimenting and creating her own dishes. By eating smarter and moving more, Colleen took back her life and has lost over 100 pounds, going from a size 26W to a size 12, and maintains her weight today. Through her food blog, www.colleens-kitchen.com, and cookbooks Colleen hopes to share her success with others struggling with obesity and demonstrate that a healthy lifestyle is not only obtainable, but it is also sustainable. Follow Colleen on Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.