Grilled Chicken Skewers With Sriracha-Lime Marinade

Grilled chicken skewers flavored with a zesty Sriracha-lime marinade.

LYNDA BALSLEV/TasteFood.

It’s grilling season, and everyone should have a no-fail marinade to rely on to carry them through the summer. It should be something simple and versatile, easy to whip up within minutes with just a handful of ingredients, and flexible enough that you can use it on all your favorite grillables, including meat, fish and vegetables.

The key ingredient in this essential marinade is Sriracha sauce, a Thai chili sauce with a touch of garlic and sugar that balances its fiery heat. I made this marinade recently when I grilled up a mess o’ shrimp, and they disappeared before you could say, “Pass the Sriracha.”

All that I could think about was how good this marinade tasted — spicy, sweet and sharp without being overpowering. So, the next day I made another batch and used it to flavor these chicken skewers for a simple grilled dinner. It did not disappoint.

It’s clear that this marinade is now a keeper, guaranteed to enhance whatever it coats, adding flavor while letting the protein or vegetable shine through. Go ahead and give it a try on your favorite meats, like chicken, steak or pork, or firm-fleshed fish, like swordfish, halibut and salmon. It’s also a great basting sauce for grill-friendly veggies, like Portobello mushrooms, zucchini and asparagus.

Just like a good friend, this marinade won’t let you down.

Lynda Balslev is the co-author of “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (Gibbs Smith, 2014).

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