Frugal Foodie Mama: Beer & Ranch Chicken & Potato Kabobs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beer & Ranch Chicken & Potato Kabobs

Juicy chunks of chicken and hearty potatoes are marinated in a simple 4 ingredient marinade, skewered, and then grilled to perfection in these Beer & Ranch Chicken & Potato Kabobs...
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Is the 4th of July really just 3 days away??
I don't know about you all, but the Fourth always calls for a barbecue filled with good food and good times with friends & family.
And this year, that barbecue will be followed by sparklers, a fire pit with s'mores, and fireworks from the front yard... 
Yes, folks... from our front yard.

We discovered that little gem last summer after having already crowded into our little town the night before and waiting for well over an hour with a restful toddler to watch the big fireworks display.
The next night we heard some booming coming from outside our house & were greeted with a very lovely fireworks display from the lake community adjacent to us.
From the comfort of our own front yard.
Needless to say, we will not be making the trek into the city this week to sit in a crowded parking lot on the bumper of our car to see a fireworks show.

This awesome discovery from our first summer in this home also means that we will be hosting family & friends this coming Friday for Independence Day. ;)
And on the menu? These easy & flavorful Beer & Ranch Chicken & Potato Kabobs.
The marinade for these kabobs comes together in minutes and after a couple of hours of marinating, you are ready to skewer the chicken and potatoes. 
You can get the kabobs assembled & chilled in your fridge up 1-2 hours before your get-together. Then just simply throw them on the grill & enjoy your company. 
No fuss, no muss. 

Beer and Ranch Chicken and Potato Kabobs via #grilling
Beer & Ranch Chicken & Potato Kabobs

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50-60 minutes- total
Ingredients (Approx 10 kabobs- 5 servings)
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp of Ranch salad dressing & dip mix
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of light colored or amber ale ( I used UFO Hefeweizen Wheat Beer.)
  • 1 lb golden potatoes, scrubbed & cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • skewers
Whisk together the beer, Ranch dressing mix, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl.

Place the chicken chunks in a medium bowl. Pour about 2/3 of the marinade over the chicken. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/3 of the marinade for later.

Cover the bowl with the chicken with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours, stirring once about halfway through.

About 30 minutes before you are ready to grill, parboil the potatoes. Be sure to not overcook the potatoes or cook the potatoes all the way! If they are too soft, they will just split in two when you try to skewer them. You want the outsides to be slightly soft, but the inside of the potatoes to still be a little hard.

Drain the potatoes and immediately run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, transfer to a medium bowl and pour the reserved marinade over them. Toss to coat well.
Now prepare your skewers for the grill.
**Please note- if you are using bamboo skewers, you will need to soak them in water for at least 20-30 minutes before using them!
Alternating chicken and potato chunks, make your skewers. I put about 3 chicken chunks and 4 potato chunks to each skewer.

Once the skewers are ready and your grill has heated, grill your skewers turning about 4 times. They should take about 20-25 minutes depending on how hot your grill is. You want the chicken cooked through & golden brown and the potato skins crispy.

Serve warm alongside your favorite barbecue sides.
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The flavor in these kabobs is unreal! Even my super picky teenage son raved over these, and went back for seconds! But seriously? How could you really go wrong with a marinade that has beer, ranch dressing mix, and garlic in it? ;)

You will end up having some ranch dressing mix leftover. Keep it sealed in a ziploc baggie and save it for your next cookout with these kabobs, or use it to make these Homemade Buffalo Chicken Calzones from Will Cook For Smiles- there is ranch mix in the calzone dough! 

What are your plans for the Fourth? Are you going to attend a barbecue or host one? Do you have any fun traditions you do each year to celebrate? 

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