Light up the Grill with Crowd-Pleasing Skewers



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

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

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.

Source: Family Features