Sometimes it’s all about the spice. Chicken is boring by itself. However, if perspective is everything, then let’s focus on how we can take advantage of that sad reality. First off, ix-nay the white meat. I’ve come to prefer the juicy dark meat of the thighs and legs. In fact, if I’m not roasting a whole bird or planning to shred it, we rarely eat chicken breasts anymore. This was a big step for me, especially as I transitioned away from the fat-phobia I had been inundated with from every diet on the planet.
Another benefit to eating thigh meat, especially the skin-on, bone-in cuts (you know, the pieces that no one want), is that it’s far more cost-effective! Next time you’re at the store, compare the price of non-organic, not free-range skinless, boneless chicken breasts to skin-on, bone-in thighs. Big savings, right? Also, you might want to compare the cost of the skinless, boneless breast to a free-range whole chicken. I can find one of those (butchered) at Trader Joe’s for $13.
When comparing an entire bird to one package of skinless, boneless breasts, which can run an upwards of $9, I’m reminded again of the misconception that “going Paleo” is synonymous with “going broke”. Of course, you gotta choose your battles… But in terms of chicken and making a meal for a family of four, I’m comfortable with the shift we’ve made here.
Now… How about some very not-boring Masala Spiced Chicken Kabobs?
4 chicken thighs, skinless, boneless (for skewering)
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest (one small lemon)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
pinch of red chili flakes
Place the chicken in a mixing bowl and top with remaining ingredients (the spices). Toss together until evenly distributed. Skewer the thighs. Note: stainless steel skewers are excellent, just remember to turn them with a pair of tongs! If you plan to use bamboo skewers, remember to soak them in water for 10 minutes prior to skewering or else you’ll have a small bonfire party happen on your grill!
Grill over direct heat for a couple minutes on each side (or until done).