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Saffron chicken skewers with sweet tomato jam Recipe from by Jennifer Joyce, author of Small Bites (Hardcover, DK Publishing) This marinade is based on the Spanish tapas dish pinchitos murunos, consisting of pork fillet grilled with saffron and spices. Pimenton (sweet, smoked Spanish paprika) may be found in good delicatessens or large supermarkets. 1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Flatten the cubes of chicken slightly, add to the marinade, and turn to coat on all sides. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1–2 hours. 2 Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Thread one piece of chicken onto each skewer and season. Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan, add the skewers, and fry to caramelize each side of the chicken to your likeness. Transfer to a nonstick baking sheet, cover with foil, and place in the oven for 5 minutes. Alternatively, cook the skewers under the broiler or on a barbecue grill. 3 Arrange the chicken skewers on a serving plate, with the sweet tomato jam and the cilantro for garnish. PREPARE AHEAD The skewers may be marinated 1 day ahead and pan-fried up This recipe is very easy to make and perect for entertaining anytime of year! INGREDIENTS 3 chicken breasts or boneless skinless thighs, cut into 25 oneinch cubes 25 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour, to prevent burning Salt and pepper 1–2 tbsp olive oil sweet tomato jam (purchased) to serve A few sprigs cilantro, to garnish MARINADE 1⁄2 tsp each coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds, roughly ground 1 tsp paprika 2 garlic cloves, crushed Pinch saffron, infused in 1 tbsp boiling water 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Makes 25 skewers 34 Taste of Schenectady® and Beyond • www.tasteofschenectady.com • Vol. 4 • No. 1
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