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Glazed Chicken and Fig Skewers

Photo: James Ransom; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 45 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken skewers and 1 fig skewer)

Because they will cook more quickly than the chicken, skewer the figs separately.


  • 3/4 cup port wine
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 24 (3/4-inch) pieces
  • 4 large shallots, quartered
  • 16 sage leaves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 firm fresh Striped Tiger or Black Mission figs, halved vertically
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 477
  • fat 10.6 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 6.2 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 31 g
  • carbohydrate 54 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 78 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 380 mg
  • calcium 105 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Discard thyme sprig.

  2. Preheat grill to high heat.

  3. Thread 3 chicken pieces, 2 shallot quarters, and 2 sage leaves alternately onto each of 8 (8-inch) skewers. Coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 3/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Thread 6 fig halves onto each of 4 (8-inch) skewers, cut sides facing the same direction. Coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  4. Arrange chicken skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 12 minutes, turning to brown all sides. Brush chicken skewers with half of wine mixture during final minute of cooking. Arrange fig skewers, cut side down, on grill rack; grill 3 minutes. Turn fig skewers over; grill 1 minute. Arrange skewers on a serving plate. Drizzle with remaining wine mixture; sprinkle with thyme leaves.

Cook's Notes

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