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
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
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