Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Island Meze Skewers

These little skewers are not only lowfat, they are bursting with flavor!! There is just something extra ordinary about orange and mint, they just go so well together... it brings me back to my Greek roots.
You start off with ground chicken, then add the luscious pureed fruit, devine fresh mint, then grill them.  Top with the basting sauce, and you have a melody in your mouth. 

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:

1lb ground chicken
1 large can (15 oz) mandarin oranges drained - reserve 1/2 cup juice
1-1/2 cups unseasoned breadcrumbs
1-1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp lemon juice
small bunch of parsley (about 1/3 cup)
5-6 mint leaves
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp grain mustard
pinch red pepper flakes
salt & pepper

In a medium bowl add your ground chicken, spices and bread crumbs, set aside.  In your food processor add your drained  oranges, lemon juice, parsley and mint leaves.  Pulse till pureed fine.
Add the pureed fruit mixture to the ground chicken.  Mix well and make into small balls.  I use a small cookie scoop which I dip into cold water every 2-3 scoops.  Makes for much easier, non stick processing.

Pierce 3-4 balls onto each pre-soaked skewers.  Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Let's make our sauce.
Using a small saucepan add your reserved juice, brown sugar, mustard and pinch of red pepper flakes.  Simmer over medium low heat for 6-8 minutes, and sauce has reduced slightly.  Turn off heat and let cool.

Heat your grill to medium heat, place skewers on the grill.  When you get a grill mark on one side, turn over.  Repeat till all sides have a nice grill mark.  Now take that tasty sauce and baste the skewers.  Continue basting and turning till chicken has cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165F.  Remove from grill and enjoy!!

These will be wonderfull served over salad, or two skewers crisscrossing over rice, how about as an appetizer...
No matter how you serve these little beauties, you will just be happy you made them.
Their easy, low fat, bursting with flavor and just delicious!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. you have done it again Didi! I have finished dinner, and all of a sudden, I am feeling the need to make some cool meatballs! cannot wait to try these. I love the idea of serving them with a salad for a lower carb meal :)

    1. Hi Olga!!
      That's usually how I serve them as well!!
      Let me know!!