Grilled cinnamon chicken skewers

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Cinnamon stick skewers not only make a great presentation for this chicken but also infuse the meat with a wonderful flavor.

By using cinnamon sticks for skewers these Grilled Cinnamon Chicken Skewers become infused with a wonderful flavor.  Associated Press
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By using cinnamon sticks for skewers these Grilled Cinnamon Chicken Skewers become infused with a wonderful flavor.

GRILLED CINNAMON CHICKEN SKEWERS

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Makes 36 pieces

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)

18 cinnamon sticks, split in half lengthwise

1/4 cup prepared plum sauce

1/4 cup dry sherry

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Preheat the grill to medium-high.

Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch cubes. Make a hole in the center of each cube (use a metal skewer or paring knife) and thread it onto a cinnamon stick (one cube per stick).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the plum sauce, sherry, hoisin sauce and soy sauce.

Add the chicken skewers and gently toss to coat.

Grill the chicken 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.

Recipe from Hors d'Oeuvre at Home, by The Culinary Institute of America, Wiley, 2007, $29.95

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