Orange Glazed Chicken and Fruit Skewers -Barbecue and Bonfire on the Beach

 

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Family outings can be real fun, especially when it is a weekend holiday by the seaside with two dozen excited people of all ages. Building sand castles, playing beach volleyball, bonfire parties, barbecuing, surfing, swimming, star gazing, day dreaming, relaxing… name it we did it ,whilst munching on the endless goodies which kept coming out of the picnic baskets. Six families and six baskets…… yummm….  Wasn’t that awesome ??

For once, nobody was peering over mobile phones or laptops, checking their whatsapp messages or inboxes. We were all really presentand not just ‘virtually present‘. No matter how simple or extravagant the vacation, the act of getting together with relatives and doing things together does strengthen family ties. A wonderful opportunity to strengthen the affection and attachment between the members of the extended family by talking to each other, eating together and enjoying together. A vacation to be cherished.

One way to ‘stay in touch‘ and not just ‘stay connected‘.

bonfire on the beach
bonfire on the beach

One of the most  memorable moments was the bonfire barbecue night on the beach when we played dumb charades between rounds of barbecued prawns, fish and crabs. 

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Even after coming back, I couldn’t get the trip out of my head ( no! no! banging my head wouldn’t have helped). So , the next best thing I could do was to relive those fun moments. I grilled a platter of chicken and fruits. It turned out very delicious. The orange glaze which was mildly spiced brought out a beautiful flair to the chicken as well as the fruits.


 

Orange glaze Barbecue Chicken and Fruit skewers

 


 

What you need for chicken skewers:

  • 4 chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. red chilli paste
  • 2 green chillies chopped ( or less )
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. chilli sauce ( or less )
  • salt to taste
  • oil as required

Marinate the chicken with these ingredients for at least two hours. Thread the pieces on pre-soaked wooden skewers. Grill in oven or shallow fry. Use metal skewers if you are in the mood to use a charcoal grill. When the chicken pieces are almost done, brush with some orange glaze and grill further till done. Save some glaze to brush before serving.

What you need for fruit skewers:

  • your choice of fruits cubed
  • salt
  • crushed black pepper

Season the fruits with salt and pepper.Thread the fruits onto pre-soaked wooden skewers. Either grill in the oven or preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and place a large sheet of foil onto the grate.Place the skewers onto the foil on the preheated grill.Grill until the fruit is  almost softened. Keep flipping. Brush with orange glaze and grill further.

Alternate Method:

If you want the fruits sweeter and with a caramelized look, you can sprinkle them with the following ingredients and grill.

  • Brown Sugar as required
  • Cinnamon powder
  • salt

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Orange Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate made from boiling 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. zest of orange
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed black pepper (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat till the sauce thickens. Brush over chicken and fruit skewers.

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This platter I am taking with me to amazing Angie’s Fiesta Friday. This week’s fiesta is being co-hosted by the Jubilant J’s team, Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Juju @cookingwithauntjuju. Hoping to recreate the beach magic at The Novice Gardener’s. Join me for some fun and excitement…..

 

 

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. Jhuls says:

    Nothing can be compared to a holiday outing on the beach – plus grilling can be so fun. These chicken and fruit skewers look so good and perfect for today’s FF. 😀 See you next week? 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      I agree with you Jhuls . Its lots and lots of fun. You are an awesome host as always 🙂

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  2. Oh, does that vacation sound so lovely… I would love that so much… Especially that night of fun charades! And these skewers are so delicious looking… Perfectly cooked with a delicious glaze…. I just love how you made a memory of a perfect vacation into a delicious meal. Everytime you eat these.. You’ll think of that. Love it ❤️

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Prudy 🙂 You understood my sentiment just so well. You are so right. Every time I make this dish it will remind me of the vacation 🙂

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  3. Loretta says:

    Such a great way of getting together and living and enjoying each other “in the moment”. I understand perfectly what you mean by being virtual, so many folks are constantly peering into their screens at gatherings. Your barbeque looks delish, is that a crab I see there? yummmmm

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    1. skd says:

      Yeah that’s a crab. Fresh from the sea. Yummmmm….haha

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  4. Awesome — Wish I were on a beach with a fire — and with this beautiful food! Hugs.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear 🙂 I am sure you will be planning one soon.
      Hugs and regards
      skd

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  5. Mandi says:

    I absolutely love eating glazed meat, especially chicken which really holds its own with pretty much everything… nice work! Happy FF 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Mandi. Glazed meat has an amazing visual appeal 🙂 Happy FF to you too.

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  6. Quite a post especially starting out with the bonfire picture! It is cold here and would love to be where you were. The beach, anywhere, is my favorite place to vacation. What fun your family had – memories are important as well as good food. Love the chicken as well – great post. Thanks for bringing some memories and good food to Fiesta Friday – see you next week for the start of the big celebration 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Juju 🙂 It was a very memorable trip indeed. In today’s hi tech world we all stay connected but not in touch. So these little get togethers are more than welcome.

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  7. petra08 says:

    Your orange glaze sounds delicious! I love grilled fruit and will remember this when I can get the BBQ out again! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks dear Petra 🙂 Do try it. You will love it.

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  8. Bonfires on the beach were a fun part of my life growing up. Now they are not allowed. Your orange glaze sounds wonderful!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. I am so happy that you were reminded of your childhood fun memories 🙂 ❤

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  9. pinkiebag says:

    The chicken and fruit skewers look lovely. Great idea fir ghe bbq.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear 🙂

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  10. Family fun is always the best. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. skd says:

      I completely agree 🙂 It was a memorable and fun filled trip for every one. A good break from the daily routine .

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  11. Yum! It all looks so fresh and delicious!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂 It really was a nice experience , I still remember the aromas and flavors of the grilling food and the warmth of the bonfire under a gorgeously clear star lit sky 🙂

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  12. Gathering with family around a bonfire and delicious food are always the best. Your recipe looks so tasty (I’m starving) skd 😀

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    1. skd says:

      I agree totally Linda 🙂 Some time away from the hi tech world that was. Pure family time. Oh dear!! Wish i could beam this platter to you right now.

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  13. fazal says:

    Very attractive and tempting snac
    Skd is bringing together people with different cultures and races sharing their recipees.We wish all the participants a healthy and successful long life

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 for the good wishes. I learnt this from my dad 🙂

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  14. muthahar says:

    Wow what a wonderful combination of colour of snacks iam very much afraid of beach but after seeing of your fmly trip iam getting tempted

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂 Why don’t you plan a beach trip soon then??

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  15. Nancy says:

    Your vacation sounds and looks delightful… one where anything would taste great… but then, you show us this delicious chicken! Ahhh…. what I wouldn’t do to be able to join you or perhaps, replicate the entire lovely vision. 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful share and delicious recipe!

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! And what I wouldn’t do to get you to join us dear Nancy 🙂 ❤ ❤
      Thank you for liking it Nancy.

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  16. Ish says:

    Just the very idea sounds wonderful – “Bonfire on the beach”. There is more than a foot of snow in my backyard, it is beautiful though 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      I know the idea of bonfire and beach party must be really appealing to all those experiencing snowfall right now Ish. This season is coming to an end. Time to take out the BBQs soon 🙂

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  17. A bonfire on the beach sounds like so much fun. Getting together and sharing picnics is a great way try different dishes, and I think food always tastes better outside.

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    1. skd says:

      Agree totally with you Julie 🙂 Good food ,wonderful company and an awesome ambience made it quite a memorable experience. ..

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  18. Woah awesome bonfire and food! Fun!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Johanne 🙂 It was a real fun filled weekend

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  19. How beautiful, a bonfire on the beach. Lucky you and a great recipe.

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