Rum Glazed Chicken Skewers with Piña Colada Dipping Sauce

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The more and more I read about our food and diet, the more difficultly I have navigating through the grocery store and reading food labels to the point of coming out of the store empty handed at times. I mentioned my dilemma to our Virginia Secretary of Agriculture, Todd Haymore, to which he laughed, “My wife calls me at the office all the time asking which is good, safe, and healthy, so you are not alone.” As consumers we are hit with all kinds of terms such as GMO- genetically modified, natural, free-range, cage-free, organic, gluten-free, etc, and it takes time to find which products work for our families.

What is important to me is that the feed given to the chickens we eat are free of: animal by-products (take a look at rendering plants and you will be sure all your meat is free of animal by-products too), the animal is free of steroids, hormones and antibiotics, and that the chickens live in a healthy and safe environment.

Here are a few things I have discovered about NatureRaised Farms brand:
1. They are committed to animal welfare. The chickens are raised in modern, open barns and provided barn enrichments such as elements to perch and climb on and other natural elements to ensure a comfortable and interactive environment, and bread through natural selection, not genetic modification.
2. They are authentic and honest about their ingredients. Their chickens are 100% all natural* ingredients and they use no antibiotics, EVER.  They’re fed a 100% vegetarian diet – so that means no animal protein or bakery by-products (which could contain egg) and no added hormones or steroids.**  (And it’s certified by third-party animal welfare agencies.)
* Minimally Processed. No Artificial Ingredients.
** Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in chicken 

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Summertime means grill time. A few weeks ago, Himself and I ate out at this little restaurant who served   grilled chicken with a piña colada dipping sauce.   I practically drank the sauce, it was that good. Then of course I had to have the recipe and begged the waiter to find it out for me so that I could make it at home.  He ran away. I guess their secret would stay that way. Then another waiter came by and I got it out of him and was thrilled that it was so simple- one part mayonnaise, one part Piña Colada mix. Ha! I can do that. That was until I saw the ingredients in the Piña Colada mix. So I made my own mix with all natural ingredients that made great Mason Jar Frozen Drink Mixes, and this delicious grilled chicken summer dish.  You can use a mix, but why use unnatural ingredients on your natural chicken? It takes time to health up your diet. Start reading food labels and little by little go with all natural, whole foods.

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Rum Glazed Chicken Skewers with Piña Colada Dipping Sauce
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Recipe type: Grilling
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Serves: 4-6
 
The Sauce, The Sauce, The Sauce. Did I mention THE Sauce. Love these grilled Chicken Skewers!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and black pepper for sprinkling
  • For the Rum Glaze:
  • 2 tbsp. dark rum
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. minced pickled ginger
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • For the Piña Colada Dipping Sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup your favorite frozen Piña Colada drink mix
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients for the Rum glaze and set aside.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the Dipping Sauce and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Slice chicken breasts into ½ inch thick slices and thread on to eight 10-inch wooden skewers that have been soaked in water. I placed about two slices of chicken per skewer.
  4. Heat your grill and once it is ready sprinkle each side of the chicken skewers with salt and pepper. Place on grill and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Before flipping brush with one half of the rum glaze. Flip, and brush the second side with the glaze.
  6. Continue turning the chicken skewers until the chicken is cooked through- times vary depending on thickness of chicken and heat of grill. Watch closely as chicken loves to grill quickly.
  7. Serve immediately with the Piña Colada Dipping Sauce. Garnish with finely diced red pepper if desired.

If you are interested in using an all natural frozen drink mix, then check out my Piña Colada Frozen Drink Mix.

Thank you NatureRaised Foods and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.

6 Comments

  1. Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    I love it just from reading the title

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Larry!

  2. Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM | Permalink

    I was reading your newsletter and saw Pina Colada Dipping Sauce…had to click on over here to read more. I would be drinking the sauce too since Pina Colada’s are my favorite drink. I will be fixing these Rum Glazed Chicken Skewers and Pina Colada Dipping Sauce. May need a Pina Colada drink too…I want these now!

  3. Posted July 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    Yep! Totally going on my menu next week – delish! (I may cheat and use the mix though!)

    Happy Hump Day!

  4. Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    LOVE that dipping sauce!

  5. Posted July 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM | Permalink

    This really does sound delicious… Bookmarked!

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