Yucatan Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Red Chile BBQ Sauce and Red Cabbage Slaw

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
6 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut in 1/2 lengthwise
Red Cabbage Slaw:
Mesa BBQ Sauce:
Peanut-Red Chile BBQ Sauce:
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
24 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups Mesa BBQ Sauce, recipe follows, or store-bought BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup freshly squeeze orange juice
3 cups canned plum tomatoes and juices, pureed
2 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium canned chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo puree
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Butter lettuce leaves, to serve
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Peanut-Red Chile BBQ Sauce, recipe follows
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Red Cabbage Slaw, recipe follows
2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup molasses
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
Chopped roasted peanuts, for garnish
3 tablespoons pasilla chili powder
2 to 4 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, pureed (depending on how spicy you like it)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Skewer each half chicken thigh with 2 skewers so that they lay flat. Place the chicken in a large shallow baking dish.

Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, honey, oil, chili powder, and garlic. Pour over thighs and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours.

Preheat grill to high or grill pan over high heat.

Remove thighs from the marinade and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until just cooked through.

Remove chicken from skewer, place in a butter lettuce leaf, drizzle with some of the peanut-red chili sauce, and top with slaw, mint, and chopped peanuts.
Heat the oil in medium saucepan over medium heat; add the ginger and cook until soft. Increase heat to high, add the BBQ sauce and chicken stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Whisk in the soy sauce, peanut butter, chipotle puree, and honey and cook until thickened, 20 to 30 minutes.
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 30 to 40 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature. Sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container.

Yield: 4 cups
Place cabbage and onion in a large bowl. Whisk together the vinegar, orange juice, oil and honey and pour over the cabbage. Add the cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

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