Mandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabob’s

Hi Everyone,

Let me tell you I did my first training workout for my virtual 5k on Monday and I swear my legs are going to fall off.  I looked at the workout and thought, no problem, this won’t be hard, I was wrong, it was hard!  But hard work pays off right?  That is what I have to keep telling myself.  At least with the nice weather, I was able to do my workout outside and you know what else I did outside?  I made the most delicious Shish Kabob’s.

Mandarin Orange Chicken  Shish Kabob's

I have an abundance of Mandarin Oranges and I wasn’t sure what else I could do with them, except eat them!   I have been on a major citrus kick and the little cuties are just so sweet and juicy that I can’t resist them.  So what do I do with them?  I did a Google search and I saw that Sunkist has a bunch of recipes to use citrus with.  I saw this recipe on there website and I thought I would give it a try.

Mandarin Orange Chicken  Shish Kabob's

Good choice on my part!  The chicken is super moist and the flavors of the mandarin orange give the chicken a little sweetness, which goes perfect with the onions and peppers.  Kind of a tropical feel to my dish.  To stick with my tropical theme, I served my chicken with brown rice and a few more oranges.  I only have about 20 more to use up.

Mandarin Orange Chicken  Shish Kabob's

I took my basic barbecue sauce ,which was Trader Joe’s and added the juice of two mandarin oranges to it and I also skewed a few of these little guys between my veggies and chicken.  I’m not sure how I feel about barbecue oranges, but they are ok.  But the barbecue sauce was super delish!  A little spicy and a little sweet.  I love that you can take a basic barbecue sauce and kick it up a notch with some orange flavor.  It’s  a great idea and I plan on trying it next time on shrimp!  Yum!

Mandarin Orange Chicken  Shish Kabob's

Mandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabob’s
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 skweres
  • Serving size: 1 skewer
    Prep time: 
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    A sweet and savory chicken, skewered with sweet bell peppers, onions and mandarin orange, topped with a mandarin orange barbecue sauce.
    • ¼ cup BBQ sauce (I used Trader Joe's, but your favorite will work)
    • ¼ cup mandarin orange juice (juice of two oranges)
    • 1 lbs. chicken, skinless, boneless, cut into chunks
    • 1 sweet bell pepper, seeded, cut into chunks
    • 1 onion, peeled, cut into chunks
    • 2 mandarine oranges, peeled, cut into segments
    • 4 metal skewers
    1. In a small bowl, add barbecue sauce and mandarin orange juice, mix together; set a side.
    2. Preheat grill over medium heat.
    3. Skew together chicken, vegetables and mandarin orange, rotating between vegetables, oranges and chicken. Do the same until no more chicken or vegetables remain.
    4. Place skewers on grill, and brush with barbecue sauce. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes and brush with more barbecue sauce, cook until chicken is no longer pink.
    5. Serve with rice or a nice salad.
    Calories per skewer: 185.4, Fat: 2.3, Cholesterol: 65, Sodium: 242, Potassium: 190, Carbs: 15.7, Fiber: 1.8, Sugar: 8.7, Protein: 27

    Mandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabob's

    Well my Friends, I am running late on blog posts and meals, so I need to get my butt in gear and start cooking and writing.  Normally I catch up on the weekend, but not this weekend, I am so behind on everything.  I just hate that!!  But that means I stay busy, and I won’t worry about being board!  🙂

    Have a great day!



    Mandarin Orange Chicken Shish Kabob's


    1. You know what they say – no pain, no gain! So it sounds like you got an awesome workout in, even if it was tough!

    2. Good for you! I just started running in the fall and wimped out as soon as it got cold. I never was able to get past alternating jogging and walking but I’m ready to try again.

      • Hi Jen! I have to say it is hard! I am not a runner at all, even though I have long legs. It’s just not my thing, but it feels good to get it done, and I am hoping I will love it! I just need to jog some where more exciting then the green wall I stare at. 🙂

    3. Holy cow these look so good! Such a simple, feel-good meal and most importantly- delicious!!

    4. These look delicious! My husband would have to do the grilling though. I don’t know why, but using the grill makes me nervous……I ‘ve never cooked on it before! Silly, I know! I need to get one of those grill pans for my stovetop!
      Love that you are training for a 5K! The virtual idea is a cool one! Anytime there are 5k races (I haven’t done one…..yet!) they are always an hour or more out of town! 🙂 Have fun and keep us posted!

      • My Husband used to grill, but he has gotten lazy over the years, so I do all the grilling, except when he wants his hot dogs, then he has to grill them! 🙂 The training for the 5k is hard, but I have been enjoying it. I wonder how long it will take me to do the 5k. I am not a runner, so I’ll do the best I can.

    5. Another amazing recipe this sounds soooo good! Citrus works so well with chicken! Yum! Do you live in a warm area. These look grilled. I miss grilled food!

    6. Isn’t it amazing how citrus and chicken go together so well? I love what you’ve done! Can’t wait to give them a try! (=

    7. Good for you – I’m lousssssy at running 😛 These look AMAZING, I love the mandarin in there, I’m pinning and can’t wait to try these!!

    8. I don’t know why but I’m continually amazed at all the wonderful things you can do with chicken, these sound just delicious!~

    9. Oh, seeing kabobs makes me want summer to be here QUICK! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

      Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

      Party starts tomorrow at 7:05 pm eastern time! Hope to see you there!

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