Tassel Ridge® Marinated Chicken Skewers with Harissa Sauce

 Chicken Ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
1 Tbsp rosemary leaves
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 tsp chopped oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
10 oz of your favorite hummus
Harissa Sauce (recipe follows—can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 5 days)

Combine olive oil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and cumin in large bowl. Cut chicken into 1½-inch cubes. Add to olive oil mixture. Toss well. Cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Thread chicken onto 8 metal skewers. Season with salt. Grill over medium-high heat, turning until nicely charred and cooked through, about 14 minutes (chicken should reach 165°F.) Serve with hummus and Harissa Sauce. Serves 4.

Harissa Sauce 

1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds
2 roasted red peppers, from jar, coarsely chopped
1 red Thai chile, with seeds, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Toast cumin, coriander, and caraway seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat, shaking skillet 2 to 3 times, until spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder. Cool completely. Grind to a powder. Puree red peppers, chile, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and ground spices in blender. Season with salt. Refrigerate up to 5 days.

Wine RecommendationTassel Ridge Iowa Marquette Rosé or Steuben 

Harissa is a flavorful but strong seasoning, so it needs a fruity wine with some body. Tassel Ridge Iowa Marquette Rosé is my choice. Iowa Marquette Rosé is a dry, full-bodied rosé with bright cherry, strawberry, citrus, and peach on the nose and strawberry, raspberry, and cherry on the palate. It is made from Marquette grapes grown in our Mahaska County, Iowa vineyards. Serve chilled. If you prefer a sweeter wine, I suggest Tassel Ridge Steuben.—Bob Wersen, Owner, Tassel Ridge Winery.

Category : KIOA Recipe of the Week Posted on March 5, 2018

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