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I'm three pounds away from having lost 100 pounds! Crazy, right?! How did I get here? Learning about what is good for you is crucial for a healthier heart, mind, and body. I recently just learned that a clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com. My family history includes high cholesterol, which is scary, but knowing I can make a few simple swaps is reassuring! Today's recipe is going to be a grilled pineapple cilantro lime chicken shish kabob... I know, I know, everyone is already getting into the fall spirit with school approaching, but this recipe is a must make before summer ends!
Grilled shish kabobs are a favorite around here in the summer months. Sometimes, we like it with unique flavors like guava or we go with the classic BBQ sauce. But today, I want to take it up a notch to make it even lighter, so here are three lighter swaps that can be made:
- Pink Salt over Iodized Table Salt- Pink salt contains less iodine than iodized salt. Too much iodine can raise your blood pressure, so this is an easy swap!
- Maple Syrup over Brown Sugar- Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index of only 65, which means that it is slowly absorbed into your system, which does not make your blood sugar levels spike, like brown sugar does.
- Mazola Oil over Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Mazola Oil has 4x more cholesterol-clocking plant sterols than extra virgin olive oil. Sign me up!
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How To Make Grilled Pineapple Cilantro Lime Chicken Shish Kabobs
First, you're going to take your boneless chicken, cut it into 1 inch chunks and place it in a large bowl. You want to have dry chicken, paper towels are a great way to dry the chicken before cutting it. Having dry chicken allows for the marinade to stick to the chicken better.
The base of this marinade is going to be the Mazola Corn Oil. Mazola Corn Oil has a neutral taste, which is an awesome base that won't overpower the chicken, pineapple, cilantro, or lime! This is when you also add your pink salt and ground black pepper.
Now we add our remaining ingredients. We have a family member who is obsessed with pineapples. This recipe uses one cup of crushed pineapples. You can use the remaining pineapple to bake a mini pineapple upside down cake or a pineapple dump cake. Remember Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose, cholesterol free cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy* choice for your family. *See Mazola.com for more information on the relationship between corn oil and heart health. It has a variety of uses include baking, grilling, sautéing, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing. Crushed pineapples are key here. Do not use chunked pineapple. The crushed pineapple will adhere to some of the chicken, which is what you want, so when it is grilling, the fire hits it and it melts right into your chicken! For a lighter version, be sure to use crushed pineapple that uses 100% pineapple juice, and not syrup.
Mix your chicken well with the ingredients to create an amazing marinade. I also like to add the squeezed lime right into the bowl as well.
Tips For Success when making grilled shish kabobs:
- Cover your bowl and allow your chicken to marinade a minimum of one hour in the fridge before threading.
- If you're using wooden kabob sticks, be sure to soak them for at least two hours in shallow water so they'll be less likely to burn.
- Don't squish your chicken when threading it into the sticks. They want to be touching, but for a thorough cook through, make sure the chicken is relaxed and not extremely compacted.
- Oil your grill grates with Mazola Corn Oil. Oiling your grill grates helps keep your chicken kabobs for sticking to your grill grates. The beauty of Mazola Corn Oil is that it has a very high smoke point of 450°F, which is higher than some other cooking oils. Since grilling chicken is usually around the 400-450°F, if the smoke point is passed for the oil, it affects not only the food's flavor. It also affects the nutritional value!
- Have a meat thermometer nearby! Cooking chicken shish kabobs can take anywhere between 9-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Once your chicken reaches 165°F, it's cooked through and ready to be removed. Don't have a meat thermometer? You can also look for clear juices that flow out of the chicken. That's another sign it has cooked through. (Flip your chicken every few minutes!)
Grilled Pineapple Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs
- 3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks
- ¼ cup of Mazola Corn Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup
- 2 teaspoons of Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- ¼ cup of cilantro chopped
- 1 cup of crushed pineapples drained
- 1 small lime squeezed
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Cover bowl and refrigerate for one hour.
- Once chicken has marinated, thread 5-7 chunks of chicken onto kabob skewers.
- Oil grill grates and preheat grill over medium high heat for 5-8 minutes.
- Add your chicken to the grill, spaced apart and cook 4-5 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked through.