So today we are having a very simple recipe but that is just soooo yummy! Shashlik is the main dish that people have at barbecues in Russia — or at least in my family and in friends’ families. It is skewers of big chunks of marinated meat. There are many different way of marinating the meat — each family have there own — so I’ll present you my moms one that is extremely simple and just awesome — not biased at all!
By the way I don’t have access to a barbecue at the moment so I did it in a pan. It is still yummy but the smokiness of a wooden fire is always better 😉
Ah! And last thing, in my family we generally do it from chicken legs. You separate the drumstick and cut — or actually if I am at my house in Russia I chop it with an ax *evil laugh* — the thigh in two. You marinate and cook it with the bone and the skin. But you can as well do it with chicken breasts — as I did today — or even with other meats like pork for example.
Ingredients for one chicken breast:
- One chicken breast — No way!!!
- One onion
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar (better use apple or cider vinegar, but it works with other vinegar like rice one)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Cut the onion in four and separate the petals.
- Slice the chicken breast in 1.5-2cm chunks.
- Mix everything in a bowl, and leave it to marinate for at least 30 minutes but it is best at 2 hours of marinating
- If you do it on a barbecue: Alternate chicken and onion on the skewer an cook on a high heat
- If you cook it in a pan: Preheat some oil at medium-high to high heat, sear the chicken on at least to side then add the onions and the remaining marinade.
- Cook until the chicken get golden brown or even slightly burned. The onions shall at least be soft. And it ready
Bonus: If you do it in the pan and the chicken is ready before the onion, remove the chicken from the pan and use a little bit of whiskey to deglaze the pan with the onions 😉