Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce #JungleFresh

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Cabin fever got you down? Yeah, you are NOT alone. This past week, my kids were practically tearing down the walls. But then a magical feat of perfect timing happened: a Disney new release! The Jungle Book, specifically, which is on my family’s short list of favorites. We knew it was being released on Feb. 11th, and that a special Diamond Edition DVD Combo Pack would be available at Walmart, so we busted out of this joint and went shopping.

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I didn’t mention it to my son just in case there weren’t any copies left, but luckily there were plenty.

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The exclusive Walmart gift packs (including a free lunchbox!) were going fast, though, so we grabbed one of the very last ones. There was even an activity booklet included. Activities = good for the “cabin fever-afflicted”!

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Since life has been so full of sledding and snowballs lately, I decided to a run with a much-needed jungle theme for movie night. We made forts in the living room and got out every jungle friend we could find. (Apparently, our jungle has lobsters.)

#JungleFresh Movie Night #shop

 …and, since #CollectiveBias challenged me to create a #JungleFresh recipe, I put together some bright, sunny eats using tons of fresh fruit I picked up at Walmart.

Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce #JungleFresh #Shop

Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce

For skewers:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Blend (use more or less to taste)
  • wooden skewers

For sauce:

  • 1 ripe mango, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Heat oil in a non-stick skillet. In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with jerk seasoning until well-coated. Add chicken to pan; stir fry about 5 minutes. Flip pieces and cook chicken another 5 minutes or so, until chicken is browned on all sides and cooked through (about 10 minutes total.) Remove pan from heat. Zest orange generously over the chicken in the pan.

To make tropical fruit sauce, peel the orange you used for zest and remove as much of the pith as possible. Put orange, along with mango, banana, pineapple, coconut milk and honey, in food processor or blender. (We used a Nutribullet with great results.) Pulse lightly until blended, but not completely liquified.

To serve, place 4–5 pieces of chicken on each wooden skewer. Serve skewers warm with sauce. (Serves 4, 2 skewers each)

*Note: I kept the seasoning in this recipe mild with the kiddos in mind. For stronger and spicier jerk flavor, marinate chicken ahead of time with more seasoning or the jerk marinade of your choice.

Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce #JungleFresh #Shop

This recipe is easy to make with little ones underfoot, and you can customize the level of jerk seasoning to your family’s liking. (Even easier, you might even be able to save a step with pre-marinated chicken. Check your local store!)  We served our skewers with steamed broccoli and some cut-up fruit we had left over after making our sauce. We followed it up with coconut popsicles from the freezer, and the kids went bananas!

After the movie, my son couldn’t stop talking about Mowgli and the jungle. Since our property has its own “jungle” (woods, really), he got the idea that we could have a jungle treehouse out back! We’re all just so ready to get outside, so we started dreaming about what we’d build back there by our creek if we had the opportunity. When you’re 4, imagination knows no bounds, so I helped my little Mowgli wanna-be create a “Dream Treehouses” Pinterest board to show Daddy exactly how to build them. Check it out below!

(Maybe we can even talk him into putting electricity in so we can have movie night there from now on?)

Follow ABCs and Garden Peas’s board Dream Treehouses on Pinterest.

Thanks for swinging by!

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  1. Those sound delicious and they would be gone in a heartbeat in my house!! Thanks for sharing.
    Robin (Masshole Mommy) recently posted..The Loon Mountain Ice Castle @LoonMtnMy Profile

  2. Great move, my kids love it, your recipe looks so yummy. Sweet and savory!
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  3. Wow! Those look delicious! AND my son’s favorite movie is The Jungle Book!
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  4. Your Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce recipe looks delicious! A lot of people are going stir crazy this winter. Hang in there!

  5. I often wonder how families survive when the kids can’t go out to play for days at a time, and even worse when they have no power. My nice lets the horses out of the barn in a hurricane. I just can’t relate. But I’m glad you were able to get to Walmart and find that movie (I remember it as a kid and it’s an oldie but a goodie) and something else to do on a cold, winter day! Your chicken recipe looks great, too! And fun. I hope you can all get out and enjoy a beautiful spring season soon.

  6. That looks so tasty. Wonderful movie to enjoy also.
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  7. Ohhhh. That looks good. Now to go find skewers. And mangos.
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  8. That recipe looks so light and yummy! Can’t wait to try!!!! Pinning!

  9. I love this recipe! I have to give it a try.
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  10. yum, yum yum. what time should I be there for dinner?

  11. Oooo, these skewers look so delicious. The hint of spicy from the jerk is just perfect!!
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  12. These sound amazing! I love the tropical fruit ingredients in the sauce!
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  13. I love jerk chicken but have never made it into skewers before. I’ve also never had a fruit sauce like this for chicken! Jungle Book is a classic story that every family needs to enjoy.
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  14. Those look really good. I think the combination of chicken with fruit is good anyway, so having a fruit dipping sauce would be a fun addition.

  15. These sound delish! I bet they would be a hit in my household.
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  16. That looks absolutely delicious! I love mango so I can imagine how good that sauce tastes. Great activity for a snow day in. :)
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  17. A recipe with mango, pineapple AND coconut milk?! I NEED to try it! Bookmarked!
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  18. The dip looks beyond refreshing. I am dying to dip some chicken in it and try!
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  19. The Jungle Book is my favorite Disney movie from when I was a kid. This would be a perfect dinner while watching it with my kids.
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  20. My hubby just came home with that movie the other day! And that chicken looks yummy!
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  21. The picture of the food is gorgeous! I am absolutely going to make the sauce!
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  22. I used to love the jungle book! Those jerk chicken skewers look to die for! Thanks for sharing I definitely will have to try them!
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  23. Wow those look tasty! My family loves most things on a skewer. Oddly, my kids haven’t seen that movie yet….
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  24. My Kids Are Going To Love This DVD Recipe Looks Delicious I Must Try!!
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  25. Okay normally I’m not one for mixing fruit and protein, but I’ve kept an open mind lately and this sounds delicious. I think my kiddos would love this. So much healthier than BBQ sauce or ranch.
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  26. We love the Jungle Book but then again who doesn’t? And the Jerk Chicken skewers sound awesome, I plan on making them in the next week or so!
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  27. Yum! These look absolutely delicious! A great #JungleFresh recipe for sure! #client
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  28. This sounds yummy. I’d have to change the mango for peaches in the sauce because I’m allergic to mangos. Your picture looks fantastic too.
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