If you love spicy, these cowboy candy chicken skewers will light you up this summer with sweet and spicy jalapenos, cilantro and lime!
Dish Count – 1 Medium Mixing Bowl, 10 Bamboo Skewers
I love surprise mail days from old friends. A few weeks ago a surprise jar of Cowboy Candy arrived at my door from one of my old friends and logging sports buddies from college. Louie has always been a constant source of laughter for those of us who know him, and one who will show up to be apart of every life event. He’s there when it counts and we love him for that.
Oh, are you doing a double take at the logging sports? Yeah, I used to do that axe swinging, saw pulling thing. Proof? Sure!
Can you find me? Middle row on the right!
Well, besides eating the cowboy candy with a spoon, I had to think of something to do with it! I left the jar on the counter, able to see it every day, waiting for inspiration to strike and it hit me – chicken skewers. Every sweet and spicy dream was answered!
Ben is really lucky I’m a giving wife, because I did manage to save half of these for him to eat for leftovers the next day. But barely. I would have been perfectly content to devour them all entirely myself. Whoops.
Luckily there is still more Cowboy Candy left, so I can assure you that these cowboy candy chicken skewers will be made again very soon. Verryyyy soon.
Cowboy Candy Chicken Skewers
1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1 cup Cowboy Candy (candied jalapenos) + more for dipping and basting
2 large Limes, juiced and zested. Approximately 1/4 cup Juice needed
1/4 cup minced Cilantro
Salt and Pepper
10 Bamboo skewers, soaked in water
Lightly pound the chicken skewers so they are even thickness. Cut each chicken thigh, lengthwise, in half.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Cowboy Candy, lime juice, lime zest, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.
Add chicken to the mixture and toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least two hours to marinate. When ready to cool, skewer the chicken using bamboo skewers that have soaked throughly in water.
Preheat the grill on high heat and lower to low heat immediately prior to adding chicken to the grill.
Grill the chicken for approximately 10-12 minutes or until it reaches 160 degrees. Remove from the grill. Baste with additional cowboy candy. Serve immediately.