Ginger Chicken kabobs are a great summer meal! Chicken soaked in a naturally sweet and sassy marinade with just the slightest hint of heat. Beautifully skewered with fresh vegetables and pineapple, then caramelized on the grill.
Summer entertaining is all about sharing fresh, delicious food with friends and family. I’m a More the Merrier kind of gal, so I love having a crowd of over to break bread, share a few laughs, and maybe play a few games.
I can appreciate a really great party with everything perfectly themed and in order. In fact, I co-hosted a fairly elaborate event last week that I’ll tell you about really soon! In my own home, I take a pretty casual route to entertaining. Food is my theme. My guests are the entertainment. You can bet that I’ll have enough food to feed an army, so if you go home hungry, then it’s your own fault because it won’t be from a lack of food.
I feed people. It’s what I do.
As much as I love to cook, I don’t like to spend a load of time in the kitchen cooking when I could be out on the deck socializing and kicking some serious butt playing euchre or tether ball. Since I’d rather be spending time with with my guests, My Number 1 Rule of Entertaining is to set a simple menu and do as much of the prep work ahead of time as possible. I make a list of everything I want to serve so that I’m not scrambling at the last minute searching for forgotten items.
Soy Ginger Chicken Kabobs are so deliciously simple to put together.
The chicken is briefly marinaded in a simple blend of soy sauce, citrus, and spices–flavors which are so wonderful after caramelizing on the grill. The vegetables and pineapple are grilled unadorned, on their own skewers. Doing so ensures that they retain their own unique flavors and don’t burn to a shriveled mess while waiting for the chicken to cook through. The entire process is complete in under an hour, so even the most impromptu of parties are a realistic possibility. Serve them with a simple salad or hot, cooked rice and you’ve got an easy, satisfying meal in a jiffy.
Heck, I’ve been known to have last minute guests assemble the ginger chicken kabobs after they arrive!
Which brings me to Rule Number 2 of Easy Entertaining: get the guests involved. If I have anything left to do when my guests arrive, I’m liable to put them to work when they offer to help. I think involving guests in even in a small way sets the “all are welcome” vibe that makes people feel at home. Everyone wants to feel useful and valued, and involving guests in the preparations lets them know that you’re comfortable enough with them to include them in the process.
Rule Number 3 is perhaps the most simple rule of all, and that is to RELAX! If you’re a giant stress-ball of frenzied activity when your guests arrive, they’ll soon be wound as tightly as you are because your mood sets the stage for the entire event. Put a little fun music on in the background, keep the volume high enough to catch the vibe of the music, but low enough to easily be able to carry on a conversation.
I find nothing more awkward than to be the first guest to arrive, walking into an eerily silent house, and waiting for everyone else to get there. Unless of course it’s walking into an eerily silent house, waiting for the other guests to arrive, and having nothing to do! (See: Rule Number 2.)
If you’ve legitimately finished all of the prep work before anyone arrives, throw a deck of cards or a simple game on the table. At the very least, you’ve got a conversation starter. You might hear, “Oh my goodness! I haven’t played Checkers in ages!” Or “Wow! I used to love playing Uno!” Hey, if it can work for Cracker Barrel, it can work for you too.
Once the food is served though, you won’t hear much other than Mmmmph! or Oooohh!
This is because Soy Ginger Chicken Kabobs are entertainment enough.