Since it’s almost Memorial Day, I’ve been in the mood to barbecue. I know I’ll get to have a real BBQ outdoors on Monday, but I thought it would be fun to whip out the grill and make some grilled chicken skewers to start off the weekend.
I made two versions, one for us and one for Minnie, which is a dog friendly version that is safe to share with our fur babies. Our version has a nice tangy/spicy kick to it, using some of my favorite hot sauces, and Minnie’s was grilled simply with chicken broth and is accompanied by a healthy carrot & ginger sauce.
I’m always looking for something to mix in with Minnie’s dry food, since she tends to be picky and won’t eat plain kibble. These skewers are great to chop down into small pieces and stow in the fridge as the perfect topper to your dog’s dry food – and they’re healthy, too!
For the skewers (makes about 7 skewers):
1 package boneless chicken breasts
1 extralarge zucchini or 2 small
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
Cut the chicken breasts into cubes, and chop the zucchini and sweet potatoes down into similar sized pieces.
Slide the ingredients, alternating between meat and vegetables, onto your skewers.
For the Dressing (our version):
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp. Mr Saucy ‘Good Luck Garlic’ hot sauce – get it here or substitute with 1 clove minced garlic.
1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
1 tsp Soy sauce
1/2 tsp Sesame oil
1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke (if cooking on flameless grill)
In a food processor, mix the dressing ingredients together for a few seconds.
Once your skewers are on the grill, start coating them with the dressing with a heat-safe brush. Make sure all sides of your skewers are coated. Cook skewers until your vegetables are tender and your chicken is no longer pink. Depending on the heat of your grill, this time will vary.
Dog friendly version – Directions are posted under the photos:
To make this for pets, simply grill the skewers, coating them with chicken broth using a heat-safe brush.
For the sauce:
1/2 cup water
5-7 baby carrots, chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
1 tsp maple syrup (for some natural sweetness)
Sprig of parsley
Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Make sure your dog likes the taste of ginger before dressing your skewers with the sauce! This is a great dressing for your dog because carrots are filled with vitamins, and ginger is a natural remedy for all types of belly ailments. Also, parsley gives dogs fresh breath.
Enjoy the weekend!