Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs


Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs Recipe


Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs

Basting Sauce:      ½ cup orange marmalade (you could use jam in a pinch, but marmalade has the peel which gives it a more bitter-sweet flavor)

½ cup lower sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp. honey


1 clove garlic, minced (or ¼ tsp. PENZEYS MINCED GARLIC)

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1 lb.), cut into 1 inch pieces

½ lb. bacon strips, cut into thirds

1 lb. medium mushrooms

1 large onion, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 large green or red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces

10-12 wooded 8 inch skewers (soak in water for 30 minutes before grilling)


In a medium saucepan, combine the marmalade, soy sauce, honey, GINGER and garlic.  Heat over medium until boiling.  Boil the sauce, stirring frequently, until it is reduced by half its volume.  Set aside and let cool.

Wrap each piece of chicken with a piece of bacon.  Thread each skewer alternately with chicken, onion, mushroom and pepper.  Grill the kabobs over medium-high heat, turning once, basting every few minutes with sauce, until the chicken is cooked through, about 8-15 minutes, depending on your heat level.  The kabobs can also be broiled on high with the pan set several inches from the heat source.  In that case, turn several times, basting each time, and watch closely.          5-6 servings

** Serve over white or brown rice.


(Recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Kabobs was in Penzeys Spices catalog)


Warm Apricot Chicken Salad


Warm Apricot Chicken Salad

Warm Apricot Chicken Salad

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


This colorful salad is topped with marinated sautéed chicken.  It’s hearty, refreshing our nutritious.  Even our kids like the sweet and tangy flavor.

          Carolyn Popwell                                                                              Lacey, Washington


Warm Apricot Chicken Salad Recipe

Warm Apricot Chicken Salad

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce

6 fresh apricots, sliced

2 tsp. grated orange peel

½ lb. fresh spinach, stems removed

1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned

1 Tbsp. canola oil

¼ cup ranch salad dressings

¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted


In a large bowl, combine the chicken, marmalade and soy sauce.  Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss apricots and orange peel.  Place spinach on a serving platter or four salad plates; top with apricots.  In a skillet, sauté red pepper and chicken mixture in oil until chicken is no longer pink.  Remove from heat; stir in salad dressing.  Spoon over spinach and apricots; sprinkle with almonds.          4 servings


(Recipe for Warm Apricot Chicken Salad was on, 2014)


Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings with Chipotle Sour Cream Recipe

Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings

Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings


Get ready for the Super Bowl – Seahawks vs. Broncos 2014.  Why don’t you make these Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings along with Chipotle Sour Cream.  The recipes came from the January 26th Sunday Newspaper in the USA Weekend section.  It’s something different — that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!!

Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings with

     Chipotle Sour Cream Recipe

Orange-Chipotle Wings

¼ cup hot water

3 chipotle chilies canned in adobo sauce, seeds removed

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

1 garlic clove, minced

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 pinch tsp. ground allspice

1 pinch ground cloves

1 ½ Tbsp. white vinegar

Juice of 1 lime (approximately 3 Tbsp.)

1 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter

3 ½ lbs. chicken wings

1/8 cup olive oil (optional)

Vegetable cooking spray

2 Tbsp. honey

1 scallion, sliced thinly on bias for garnish


Preheat oven to 450 F.  In the bowl of a food processor, combine the hot water, chipotles, cilantro, tomato paste, marmalade, garlic, spices, vinegar, lime juice and peanut butter; pulse to combine the ingredients into a coarse paste.  Divide mixture in half.

Remove the chicken wings from the package and pat dry with paper towels.  Remove the wings tips and discard.  Cut the remaining wings into two pieces, dividing at the joint.

Marinate the wings in half of the chipotle mixture for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.  The olive oil may be added to this mixture to help coat wings.

Spray a heavy-duty baking tray with vegetable cooking spray.  Arrange the chicken wings on the tray in one layer with space between each wing.  Spray the wings with a light layer of vegetable cooking spray.  Place the wings on a tray over a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the wings are golden brown and crisp.  The wings may be crisped for 3 to 4 minutes under the broiler if necessary.

Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the remaining chipotle sauce.  Place 2 tablespoons of sauce in a large mixing bowl.  Add the hot wings and stir gently to coat every wing in sauce.  Add more sauce to taste or serve extra sauce on the side.

Place the seasoned wings on a plate and garnish with sliced scallions.  Accompany with a bowl of Chipotle Sour Cream.


Chipotle Sour Cream


2 chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, seeds removed

1 cup sour cream or fat-free Greek yogurt

Juice from ½ fresh lime (approximately 1 ½ tablespoons)

Salt, as needed

Freshly ground pepper, as needed

Remove the chiles from the sauce.  Reserve the sauce.  Slit open the chilies and scrape to remove  the seeds.  Cut the chilies into a fine dice.

Stir the chilies into the sour cream.  Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of adobo sauce to taste.  Add the lime juice and stir.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


(Recipe for Orange-Chipotle Chicken Wings with Chipotle Sour Cream came from the Sunday Newsday, USA Weekend, January 26, 2014)


Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Guests love these little chicken bites that get some zip from curry.  The savory snacks works well for any occasion, big or small.

          Judy Slotter                                                                        Alpharetta, Georgia


Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer Recipe

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

2 packages (3 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

2 tsp. curry powder

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken

3 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion

3 Tbsp. finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted


In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until well blended.  Stir in the chicken, onion and celery.

Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in almonds.  Cover and chill until firm (can refrigerate up to 2 days).

About 5 dozen appetizers


(Recipe for Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer was on, 2013)


Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce


The combination of peanuts, pork and napa cabbage give this roast an Asian feel.  The technique of butterflying and stuffing a pork tenderloin is surprisingly straightforward, yet it yields an impressive result, worthy of a special dinner.

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce Recipe

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce

3 tsp. canola oil, or extra virgin olive oil, divided

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage (about 8 oz.)

2 Tbsp. water

½ tsp. salt, divided

1/3 cup orange juice

3 Tbsp. orange marmalade

3 Tbsp. chunky peanut butter, preferably natural

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 ¼ Lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 F.   Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not brown, about 30 seconds.  Stir in cabbage, water and ¼ teaspoon salt.  Cook, stirring, until the cabbage is wilted, 3 to 5 minutes.  Drain cabbage and set aside to cool.

**Whisk orange juice, marmalade, peanut butter and mustard in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until smooth and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place tenderloin on a piece of plastic wrap.  To butterfly it, hold your knife parallel to the cutting board and slice through the meat to within a half a half inch of the opposite side.  Open like a book.  Cover with more plastic wrap and gently pound with a mallet or heavy skillet until ½ inch thick.

Squeeze the cabbage to remove excess liquid and place in a medium bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of the orange-peanut sauce and mix until thoroughly coated.  (Reserve remaining sauce.)  Spread the cabbage mixture lengthwise down the center of the pork.  Roll the pork, jelly-roll style, to create a long cylinder; tie kitchen string around it in several spots to keep it rolled.   Season with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, nonstick, overproof skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the pork and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to pan to oven.

Roast the pork until just cooked through and an instant-read thermometer resisters 155 F. when inserted into the center, 15 to 20 minutes.  Let rest 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, reheat the reserved sauce over low heat.  Remove string, slicing pork and serve with a drizzle of sauce.

If preparing ahead of time:  Prepare through Step 3 (**)  Refrigerate overnight in airtight containers.


(Recipe for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Peanut Sauce came from Diabetic Connect, 2013)