Want an easy Barefoot Contessa appetizer that people will love? Look no further than Ina Garten’s Chicken Kabobs. The celebrity chef has been serving them in cocktails for years. They even became famous at their Barefoot Contessa store. Garten swears by them and every time they’re on the menu they’re a hit.
Ina Garten’s Chicken Kabobs can be served as an appetizer, lunch or dinner.
One thing is for sure about Garten’s Chicken Skewers, they are versatile. As the Food Network star put it in her first cookbook, 1999’s The Barefoot Countess CookbookShe usually makes them as an appetizer, but they also serve as a full meal.
“This is a famous Barefoot Contessa recipe,” Garten began. “I’d hate to have to add up how many million pounds of roasted lemon chicken we’ve made over the years.”
He went on to explain that at Barefoot Contessa, his store in East Hampton, New York, which he sold in 1996, they often used it as an appetizer. But that is not all.
“We also mix it with vegetables and a fresh lemon vinaigrette for lunch or serve whole grilled chicken breasts for a delicious and healthy dinner,” he said.
How to Make Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers with Ina Garten Satay Sauce
Now, how to prepare the Garten Chicken Kabobs. According to your step-by-step instructions courtesy of the Food Network, there’s not much to the famous Barefoot Contessa appetizer.
Only six ingredients are needed to prepare the chicken. All but one are used to make a marinade. Garten mixes fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a bit of his beloved “good” olive oil from Olio Santo with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.
Then pour the mixture over the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator, covered, for six hours to overnight.
When it’s time to cook the chicken, Garten heats up a charcoal grill. Grill the chicken for 10 minutes on each side. Once cooled, he slices it diagonally before putting it on the skewers.
Lastly, the satay sauce. Garten cooks olive oil and sesame oil in a pan with spices for about 15 minutes. At this point, add a vinegar mixture to the pan and let it cook for another minute before removing it from the heat and letting it cool.
Barefoot Contessa’s Tips for Making Chicken Skewers
Garten loves to serve chicken skewers, or any kind of skewers, at a cocktail party. “Skewers are really great for cocktails. Drink in one hand, skewers in the other, done,” he once said on his Food Network show.
But Garten’s chicken skewers? “People go crazy for them,” he told viewers. “It’s just grilled chicken on skewers and a delicious peanut satay sauce.”
Best of all, kabobs are among one of Barefoot Contessa’s many make-ahead dishes. “The sauce and chicken can be made ahead of time so there is no stress at the party,” he said. Also, the chicken gets more and more flavorful over time. “The longer you marinate the chicken, the better,” Garten said in her cookbook.
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