Tequila-Mustard-Glazed Chicken Skewers

Tequila-Mustard-Glazed Chicken Skewers Recipe
Photo: Jody Horton
James Holmes, a Farmhouse Delivery CSA customer, developed the glaze for this recipe while experimenting with homemade mustards.


Makes 24 skewers
Total time: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

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Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Active: 35 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes


1/2 cup tequila
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup malt vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup tequila
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest


In a large bowl, combine the tequila, brown sugar, olive oil, garlic, oregano and salt. Add the chicken, toss to coat, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, water, malt vinegar, honey, tequila, lime juice, dry mustard, coriander, cumin and chile powder. Cook over low heat, whisking, until thickened, 5 minutes; do not boil. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Stir in the lime zest and season with salt. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.

Soak 24 bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Light a grill. Transfer 1/2 cup of the mustard to a small bowl. Thread the chicken onto the top third of the skewers; grill over moderate heat, turning, until browned and almost cooked, 8 minutes. Brush the chicken with the reserved 1/2 cup of mustard and grill until glazed and cooked through. Serve the skewers with the remaining mustard.

James Holmes,

Food & Wine

June 2011
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