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balsamic chicken and apple skewers

Kids will eat pretty much anything served on a stick, and these tasty skewers are no exception. Juicy chicken, marinated in a sweet and tangy balsamic sauce, is partnered with apples and red onions to make a flavor combination that's pleasing to the whole family. Served atop a bed of rice, it's a fast, healthy and delicious meal.

Ingredients

2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
cup balsamic vinegar
cup brown sugar
cup freshly squeezed orange juice , (about 1 medium orange)
3 garlic cloves,, smashed
2 tablespoons olive oil, (extra virgin)
1 green apple, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
bamboo or metal skewers
1 pinch salt and pepper

Directions

Measure vinegar, brown sugar, orange juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper into a large zip-top bag. Seal and shake to combine. Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2 inch cubes and add to the bag, seal and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to one day. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from the marinade, and place the marinade, minus the garlic, in a small saucepan. Heat the marinade to boiling and boil until slightly thickened and reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes. Reserve. Skewer the chicken, along with the apples and onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan (or your broiler) to medium high. Drizzle pan with a little oil to keep the skewers from sticking. Place the skewers on the pan and grill for 4 minutes. Turn them a quarter of the way around and grill another 4 minutes. Finish grilling the remaining two sides for 4 minutes each, grilling the skewers for a total of 16 minutes. If using your broiler, broil for about 10 minutes total, flipping once. Serve over rice and drizzle with reduced marinade.

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