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