Brushed with a quick and easy glaze, these Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers make for one heck of a tasty dinner on the grill!
Can we talk for a bit about those foods that you develop a taste for over time? I’m talking about those foods that you couldn’t stand when you were younger. You kept trying them, and you kept hating them. But then one day you realized, “Hey, these salt-and-vinegar potato chips kinda taste good.” At first, one chip was enough. And then it was two or three. And then you realize the entire bag is gone. Oops.
So salt-and-vinegar chips are definitely one of those foods for me. I suspect my initial disgust with these was related to the fact that my mom used to use vinegar to clean the hardwood floors in our house when I was a kid. Whenever she cleaned the floors, you could count on not having any sinus problems for the rest of the day. Man, I still remember that smell of vinegar!
My wife loves salt-and-vinegar potato chips, but I always thought they tasted like a cleaning product. Hmmm…I wonder why. But one day I ate a chip, and I thought, “hmmm…these are strange. I don’t dislike them. But they are strange.” Over the course of several months, I would nibble at salt-and-vinegar chips whenever we had a bag around. And then one day it hit me. I actually craved them! It was like I was eating chips right off the freshly cleaned floor…and I liked it. Go figure.
Blue cheese and olives both fall into this same category. My wife loves both of them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to bite into a big hunk of blue cheese. And I felt like I should like olives out of principal. Italian food is by far the pinnacle of deliciousness, and Italians love olives. And dipping bread into olive oil is one of my favorite snacks of all time. So why didn’t I love olives? Little by little, I kept trying olives. I started with the milder ones and slowly progressed up. I haven’t made my way to the strongest olives yet, but I did actually eat a blue cheese-stuffed olive the other day. And I liked it.
Another food that falls in this category? Barbecue sauce. Yup, that’s right. I was that weird guy who didn’t like BBQ sauce. It was something about the sweetness of it. I’ve always had issues with the sweet + savory combination. I love sweets…but they are for dessert. BBQ sauce was just too sweet for me. But then I made pulled pork sandwiches, and I mixed a little BBQ sauce into the pork when I reheated it. I liked it. Then I added a little more. I liked that, too. And now I can pretty much slather the stuff on.
That love for BBQ sauce is what inspired these Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Skewers. Our garden has been in full force for several weeks now, and we’ve been picking zucchini and cucumbers like it’s our job. Those zucchini grow so fast, too! I swear one day I see a little tiny one forming…and then two days later, the thing is bigger than your left arm.
I grabbed a zucchini and threaded it onto skewers along with some yellow summer squash, red bell pepper, onion and chicken. These skewers would have probably been delicious just by themselves, but the real shining star was the Spicy Honey BBQ Glaze. I whisked this glaze together while the grill was preheating and then I brushed it over the entire skewers while they grilled. These bad boys were delicious! But my wife totally called me out during dinner. “Did you realize you are eating something that is both sweet and spicy?” Uhh, yeah, I totally realized that. I mean sure. Add sweet + spicy to the list of flavors above!
Excuse me while I go eat a hunk of blue cheese. Do you have any favorite flavors/foods that you used to hate?