Lemongrass Chicken Skewers

Instead of being basted with a glaze, ground chicken is mixed with ginger, garlic and clean, citrusy lemongrass to give it a spring-fresh taste. A punch of pimento keeps the sweetness in check. Grill these on wispy lemongrass stalks to make a pretty plate for a luncheon or brunch.
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 jar (2-ounce) diced pimento, drained, Dromedary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass blend, Gourmet Garden
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger, Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, McCormick
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden
  • 8 lemongrass stalks, rinsed
For Lemongrass Curry Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, Knudsen
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass blend, Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, McCormick
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger, Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, ReaLime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, drained pimento, cilantro, 1 tablespoon lemongrass blend, the 2 teaspoons ginger, the 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon curry powder, and the crushed garlic. Mix thoroughly. Divide the chicken mixture into 8 equal portions; tightly form each portion into an egg shape over the bulb end of a lemongrass stalk. Set aside.
  2. For Lemongrass Curry Dipping Sauce, in a small bowl, combine sour cream, 1 tablespoon lemongrass blend, 1 teaspoon curry powder, the 1 teaspoon ginger, the lime juice, and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Place skewers on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 16 minutes or until cooked through, turning frequently. Serve with Lemongrass Curry Dipping Sauce.
Indoor Method: Prepare skewers and Lemongrass Curry Dipping Sauce as directed. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through. Serve as directed.
  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Grilling Time: 12 minutes
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