Spicy Chicken on a Stick

Spicy Chicken on a Stick

Today is bittersweet for me.  We were off work all last week, and this is our last staycation day.  Mostly, we did a lot of work around the house.  But we did venture out to Pittsburgh’s Strip District for some shopping one morning!  I love going down to the Strip.  I never know what goodies I am going to find!

Farmer @ the Firehouse

This is a seasonal farmer’s market, called Farmers @ the Firehouse (that building on the left is an old firehouse).  We were there pretty early in the morning, so there weren’t a lot of people there yet, and some of the vendors hadn’t set up.  Lot of fresh produce though, and local meats, bread, and cheese!

Steelers!

Here in Pittsburgh, we’re all black and gold!

Stamoolis Brothers

Stamoolis Brothers is a little Greek shop and deli.  Go there.  Really.  Here is the inside:

Stamoolis Inside

In the back of the shop you can buy spices in bulk.  And they’re priced well!  I bought a pound of granulated garlic for under $6!  In the deli part, they were selling olives in large buckets.  I love olives!  And I was tempted.  I might have to go back for them!

Wholey's

What trip to the Strip would be complete without a stop in Wholey’s?!

Catfish

There’s a catfish under that ice!

Heads and Bones

Anyone up for making homemade fish stock?  Hmmm, maybe that will make an appearance at All Spice and Yum one day!

Fresh Fish

Look at all the fresh fish Wholey’s has!

Live Fish

It’s so fresh, they’ll even let you pick it out of a tank and fillet it right there for you!  It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Public Market

And this is the reason I go to the Strip.  Pittsburgh Public Market!  It’s a farmer’s market, sure, but also a market of all things Pittsburgh.  Local vendors selling everything from produce, olive oils, vinegars, pastries, homemade marshmallows, soaps, wine, beer, meats, and ready to eat food.  You get to meet all kinds of people, and many are giving samples of their products!  The market is currently in the process of moving to a new location in the Strip, so there were fewer vendors than usual, but still worth the trip.

Pgh Public Market Inside

Love this place!

Strip Dist Haul

Here’s my haul!  For less than $60 I got all this stuff; 1 lb granulated garlic, 1/4 lb turmeric, Magnolia scented bar of soap, 3 liters of olive oil (for only $20!!!), Coconut Mango Balsamic Vinegar, and a loaf of fresh baked Ciabatta bread!

If you’re ever in Pittsburgh for a weekend, don’t leave without experiencing the Strip District!  There are a ton of vendors selling amazing looking food on the sidewalks, and awesome little shops specializing in things like kitchen items, chocolate, jewelry, coffee, and food.  So.  Much.  Food.  Seafood, Asian food, Polish food, Italian food, Greek food, Mexican food.  FOOD!

With that, I will leave you with this recipe.  Because what’s not better on a stick?  This recipe is a little higher in sodium than what I typically like to make, but it’s delicious!  And, hey, it’s ok to go a little overboard sometimes.  This chicken is marinated in a spicy soy-ginger sauce before being threaded onto the skewers and grilled to juicy perfection.  Since the marinade is a little higher in sodium, it helps protect the juices in the chicken, so it’s a little more forgiving when you grill it.  Mine turned out moist and delicious.  The spice level was just enough for us without being overpowering, and the ginger was the perfect compliment.  I served mine with roasted blue potatoes, because that’s what I had that needed used up, but brown rice would probably be the most authentic choice.  Whatever you pair with it will be great!

If you are sensitive to sodium, look for the lowest sodium soy sauce you can find, and try decreasing the amount you use in the recipe by 1/3 or so.  It should still turn out amazing!  Also be careful with what chicken you get – frozen chicken is usually injected with a sodium broth, meaning the chicken may have 200 mg or more sodium per serving.  Look at those labels!  And, if you’re sensitive to gluten, make sure to look for gluten-free soy sauce.

Also by special request: nutrition information!  I’ll be working to get the information up on past recipes also, so stay tuned!

SPICY CHICKEN-ON-A-STICK

Spicy Chicken on a Stick

Serves 4 (2 sticks per person)

Ingredients

16 oz Chicken Breast, cut into thin strips

½ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

½ cup Water

2 Tbsp fresh, grated Ginger

1 tsp crushed Red Pepper (or more if you want it spicier)

8 wooden skewers, soaked for 1 hr in water to avoid burning

Directions

1.  To make marinade, combine soy sauce, water, ginger, and red pepper, and whisk well.  Pour into large zipper seal bag, and add chicken.

2.  Marinate for at least 1 hour.

3.  Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade.

4.  Grill on preheated grill, on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes per side, until completed cooked through.

Nutrition Information (per serving – 2 skewers)

Calories:  238

Fat:  9 grams

Saturated Fat:  2.5 grams

Trans Fat:  0 grams

MUFA:  3.5 grams

PUFA:  1.9 grams

Cholesterol:  95 mg

Sodium:  1512 mg

Carbohydrate:  4 grams

Dietary Fiber:  0 grams

Sugar:  0 grams

Protein:  35 grams

Vitamin A:  4%

Vitamin C:  0%

Calcium:  2%

Iron:  10%

Happy, healthy eating!

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2 responses to “Spicy Chicken on a Stick

  1. Kris

    Your recipes and information are so great that I added a friend of mine to your blog emails. She is enthusiastic on healthy eating and wants to read your blog!

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