Remember a few years ago when people started marinating chicken for the grill in Italian dressing? Good stuff! We still love that! buuuut, being me, the same thing over and over gets boring, so I've been thinking and looking around, keeping my eyes open for fresh inspiration. Recently at the grocery store I spied some Kraft Mango Chipotle Vinaigrette, and the 'lights' danced a funny jig when I saw this I knew I had to give this a shot. The Chipotle gives it just a little kick but not too much.
. So for round one I marinated some chicken tenders and veggies in this stuff, threaded everything onto skewers with bacon and fresh pineapple chunks and tossed it onto the grill. Voilà!! Delicious!!
Then for round 2 (because we had this two nights in a row ☺) because of the unpronounceable ingredients in the bought stuff I decided it wouldn't be real hard to make my own marinade out of fresh, real food. That turned out equally delicious but I forgot the fresh pineapple :( but I did have red peppers by this time. I had wished for them the night before. ☺ Mushrooms would be another great addition.
1 large mango
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
3 Tablespoons sugar or honey
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Garlic Clove
2 teaspoons Dried Onion Flakes
1-1½ teaspoons Chipotle Chile Powder
Water, optional, for a smoother consistency
Place all ingredients except water into a blender and blend until smooth. It will be kind of thick. You can use it like this or thin it with a bit of water if you wish to.
3½ lbs. Chicken Tenders, trimmed
cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb. Applewood Smoked Bacon
cut each piece into thirds
Chunky Veggies of your choice
-Fresh Pineapple Chunks
Set chicken pieces and veggies/pineapple into separate bowls to marinate. Pour marinade over each and toss to coat. Refrigerate. Leave in marinade for several hours. I did mine in the forenoon for supper that evening. Wrap chicken pieces in bacon pieces and place on a skewer along with the marinated veggies and pineapple. Leave a bit of space between to ensure the bacon cooking properly. Grill to your satisfaction and enjoy! Make extra, this makes an awesome quesadilla the next day!!☺
joining these parties:
creative bloggers party, on the menu, see ya in the gumbo, sunday showcase, creative mondays, makin you crave,