Love making a batch of these skewers! They never last long!

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers

Once upon a time, the notion of chicken on skewers might have seemed as far-fetched as a horseless carriage rattling down the country lane. But over the years, I’ve come to cherish the simple joys of food we can share straight from the flame to the table. And so, I present to you our family favorite: Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers. Originating from a blend of traditional Midwestern fare and Italian-American influence, these skewers offer a delightful twist on classic flavors. Easier to manage than a Sunday roast and heartier than your typical hors d’oeuvre, these savory morsels will bring the folks together just as the evening stars begin to twinkle. Whether it’s a backyard gathering or a cozy supper with the grandkids, this recipe’s sure to kindle memories old and new.
An old friend like Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Skewers calls for the kindest of neighbors on the plate. I often nestle these skewers beside a heap of buttery mashed potatoes, the kind that the young ones can’t resist making a well in for gravy. Or, perhaps, a side of roasted vegetables from the garden, their edges caramelized to a golden hue just like the crust on that chicken. And, for a crisp contrast, a simple tossed salad with greens as fresh as the morning dew works wonders.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • – 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • – 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • – 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • – 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • – 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • – 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • – Wooden or metal skewers (if using wooden, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to baking)

Directions

  • 1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C), letting it come up to a friendly warmth while you prepare the chicken.
  • 2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes, thinking of each one like a little parcel of comfort.
  • 3. In a mixing bowl, combine the grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix them together like a patchwork quilt of flavors.
  • 4. Toss the chicken cubes in this herb and cheese mixture until every piece is coated as tenderly as if it were wrapped in a hug.
  • 5. Thread the seasoned chicken pieces onto the skewers, leaving a bit of space between each piece so they cook evenly, much like leaving room for the biscuit dough to rise.
  • 6. Arrange the skewers on a baking sheet, as if setting them out for an audience at a county fair.
  • 7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is golden and whispers of succulence when pierced with a fork.
  • 8. Once finished, let them rest a spell while you summon the hungry folks, then sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving, as bright as a springtime meadow.

Variations & Tips

  • – For a heartier, earthier flavor, add a crown of sautéed mushrooms atop the skewers just before they’re done baking.
  • – If you’re feeling the call of summer, take these skewers out to the grill for an honest smoky char.
  • – Should chicken be scarce, don’t hesitate to substitute with pork or even plump shrimp, though adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • – And don’t tuck away the idea of a dipping sauce – a cool buttermilk ranch or zesty marinara could just be the cherry on top.