Peanutty Chicken Kebabs



  1. Prepare 4 long or 8 short skewers.
  2. Soak in warm water while preparing the chicken.
  3. Cut the meat into 1 1/2-inch chunks.
  4. For the marinade, put the onion in a food processor or blender along with the garlic, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the lime zest and juice, oil, soy sauce, cayenne, peanut butter, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Puree the mixture until relatively smooth, adding a few drops of water if necessary to keep the machine moving.
  6. Put the chicken in a bowl, pour the marinade over it, and cover it with plastic wrap.
  7. Let it sit for at least a few minutes or up to an hour at room temperature or refrigerate it for up to 12 hours.
  8. When ready to cook, prepare a grill or turn on the broiler; medium-high and the rack 4 inches from the heat source.
  9. Grease a large baking sheet with some oil.
  10. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, leaving space between pieces.
  11. To grill, put the kebabs on the grates directly over the fire.
  12. To broil, put them on the prepared pan under the heat.
  13. Cook, turning once or twice with tongs, until the chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes total.
  14. To check for doneness, cut into a piece.
  15. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro and serve with the lime wedges.