Yunnie Kim's Chicken Skewers
Yunnie Kim
AuthorYunnie Kim

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Deceivingly simple and remarkably delicious chicken skewers from Yunnie Kim, partner in L.A.’s Est. 1977 restaurant group and the woman behind the food blog Kim Chi Avocado, can be the foundation of a family-pleasing weeknight dinner when served with steamed rice and a simple salad. The traditional addition of grated asian pear is entirely optional, just use slightly more brown sugar to keep the salty-sweet balance just right. If you’re not up for grilling (or don’t have a grill) you could just as easily cook the chicken, unskewered, in a work or large skillet.

How to Make It

1

Purée pear and onion (If not using Asian pear, puree the onion only)

2

Mix all of the remaining ingredients with pear and onion purée.

3

Pour mixture over cubed chicken and marinate overnight.

4

Skewer marinated meat on metal skewers or bamboo skewers the have been soaked in water and make sure the meat is skewered close together to stay juicy while cooking.

5

Cook meat on a pre-heated bbq or grill for 15-20 minutes.

6

Serve and enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 lbs chicken cubed for skewers (I like to use dark meat on grill)
 1 small Asian pear
 ½ small sweet or yellow onion
  cup gluten-free tamari
 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar (2 tbsp if not using Asian pear)
 2 scallions, chopped
 1 tbsp sesame oil
 1 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tbsp sake
  tsp pepper

Directions

1

Purée pear and onion (If not using Asian pear, puree the onion only)

2

Mix all of the remaining ingredients with pear and onion purée.

3

Pour mixture over cubed chicken and marinate overnight.

4

Skewer marinated meat on metal skewers or bamboo skewers the have been soaked in water and make sure the meat is skewered close together to stay juicy while cooking.

5

Cook meat on a pre-heated bbq or grill for 15-20 minutes.

6

Serve and enjoy!

Yunnie Kim’s BBQ Chicken Skewers