Chicken Skewers over Citrus Mashed Potatoes

I love planning parties. My perfectionist and organizational sides enjoy thinking about all the details and watching everything come together. We may not have kids yet, but I already know I’ll be one of those moms attempting to throw picture perfect birthday parties for them! I’m also intrigued by the white parties that seem to be popular with celebrities – you know, the ones everyone is required to white from head to toe (not that I recently saw one of these on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or anything…). I have no idea what I’d wear if I was invited to one, but after making this meal, I certainly know what I’d serve if I was hosting – there’s barely any color at all in this dish (thank goodness for the oregano!). Yeah, so it may not be the most attractive chicken dish I’ve ever seen, but don’t let that stop you from making it because it’s pretty tasty. Plus, I bet you could get more color on the chicken if you used a grill pan!

These chicken skewers have a Latin twist. I marinated the chicken in Greek yogurt with garlic, oregano, lime juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper, and broiled them to perfection. They turned out really juicy! Then I served them over citrus mashed potatoes. I used lime and clementine zest, which we really enjoyed, but I think a variety of zests would be tasty.

Chicken Skewers over Citrus Mashed Potatoes
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Chicken Skewers:
6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks that fit the skewers

Citrus Mashed Potatoes:
2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and cut into chunks
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon of your favorite citrus zest (I used half clementine and half lime)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Mix yogurt, garlic, oregano, lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in chicken and marinate 1 hour in the refrigerator. Soak skewers in water.

Meanwhile, make the mashed potatoes by placing potato chunks in a large pot of boiling water. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain well and return to pot. Mash potatoes and mix in butter, milk, citrus zest, and salt until smooth.

Heat oven broiler. Thread marinated chicken pieces onto skewers. Hang skewers across the top of a 13×9-inch pan and broil for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Serve skewers over mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 566 calories, 15.6g fat, 3.8g fiber, 64.1g protein per serving
Cost: $2.49 per serving

32 Responses to Chicken Skewers over Citrus Mashed Potatoes

  1. I am the same way about parties–I like to get down to every last detail. In a way it’s a good thing, but in other ways it can cause alot of stress sometimes..oh well, it’s still fun! I love the idea of using zests in mashed potatoes. I’ll have to remember to try that next time I make some!

  2. Fellow Real Housewives of bev hills watchers unite! I actually haven’t seen that episode yet. I’m behind. Or I just keep going to the gym at the wrong time to watch it. Sigh.

    I love the citrus flavors in this dish! What a great way to brighten up a winter day.

  3. You always make the most interesting sounding dishes. I would never think to put citrus zest in mashed potatoes, but I’m sure they were fabulous. Maybe one of us needs to throw one of these white parties!

  4. haha- I totally watch Real Housewives too. I don’t know why, but that show is totally addicting. This dinner looks yummy. Especially those potatoes. I hope to be one of those Mom’s who throws the perfect parties 😉

  5. citrus zest in mashed potatoes is something i’ve never, ever seen done, and i consider myself a potato connoisseur! very interesting, refreshing, and delightful. :)

  6. I’ve never even thought to make citrus mashed potatoes, but that sounds out of this world! And the chicken looks fabulous, too :) Healthy and delicious :)

  7. I totally saw that episode of the Real Housewives and loved the idea of a white party. Even though it’s definitely not the most flattering color on me. Maybe I’ll just stick to white food.

    This chicken may be monochromatic but what it lacks in color it makes up for in flavor! Delicious.

  8. It’s funny, before I had a blog I feel like I never spent so much time thinking about what food would LOOK like, taste was always key, but now it’s a combo of both. Citrus in the potatoes is definitely a twist, I never would have thought of that.

  9. You know what’s really weird? On Google Reader, your pic shows up as udon noodles! But on the actual blog, it’s the correct pic…

    But anyway, I think you got the most tasty white dish there. Probably increases the impress-rate with taste! :-)

  10. These flavors sound amazing! I love chicken skewers – so much more fun when chicken is on a stick! I watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills too. I would love to throw fun parties for my kids, but can you believe how much Taylor spent on that bday party for her daughter?!? >50,000k ridiculous! (I am catching up on commenting tonight by the way!)

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