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A Little Summer Luau

Grass skirt optional
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Put together chicken skewers, Orange Citrus Rice and a little salad and you've got yourself a luau

Not all of us can jet off to a vacation on the Big Island (or even a little island), but this meal captures a little of the tropical taste of a luau. Throw in some plastic leis and a grass skirt, and you can almost feel those tropical breezes blowing.

Ingredients

Chicken Skewers

  • 4–6 chicken breast tenderloins (more or less depending on the size of your family, plan on 1–2 tenderloins per person)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 16-oz. package fresh, whole Portabello mushrooms
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 fresh, cored pineapple
  • 1 12-16 oz. bottle of your favorite marinade
  • 1 package wooden skewers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Orange Citrus Rice

  • Uncooked rice
  • 1 orange citrus teabag

How To

Skewers

  1. Cut peppers, onion and pineapple into 1” pieces and place into large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into 1” chunks (each tenderloin makes about 4 pieces) and set aside in separate bowl.
  3. Add enough marinade to cover the chicken and let marinate at least 30 minutes.
  4. Wash mushrooms.
  5. While chicken is marinating, cook rice using the recipe and instructions for Orange Citrus Rice.
  6. Thread pieces of chicken, peppers, onions, mush-rooms and pineapple on the skewers.
  7. Cook on heated grill until chicken is done.

Rice

  1. Prepare to cook rice, according to directions for needed servings.
  2. Before adding rice to water, bring water to boil and add tea bag.
  3. Let brew for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bag and add rice.
  5. Cook rice according to directions on package.

Hints

  • Involve your kids by letting them thread their own skewers using their favorite items or making patterns.
  • Cut the chicken, veggies and pineapple as close to the same size as possible to allow for even cooking times.
  • Marinate chicken overnight in the refrigerator for maximum flavor.
  • Teriyaki marinade pairs well with the chicken and pineapple; Italian dressing is also a good marinade for this recipe.
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Grill Your Pineapple

For something different, try grilling the pineapple separately. Cutting it lengthwise makes it easier to grill. Serve grilled pineapple on a bed of spinach with a mix of diced tri-color bell peppers and drizzled with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

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