Balsamic Maple Grilled Chicken and Summer Veggies

All the flavors of summer, grilled and glazed with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Easy and completely delicious.

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon of your favorite spice blend.  I’m a Savory Spice Shop junkie, so I used three different spice combos to see how they would taste:   Georgia Boys Barbecue rub on skewer 1, Catanzaro Herbs on skewer 2, and California Citrus rub on 3 — they were all so yummy that I couldn’t pick a standout.  So just sprinkle your chicken with your favorite spice combo ( but I wish you’d try some Savory spices — you’ll love them!).
¼ teaspoon sea salt
fresh cracked pepper

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
2 red and/or orange bell peppers, deseeded and chopped into bite-size chunks1 small red onion, chopped into bite-size chunks
1 zucchini, chopped into bite-size chunks
1 summer squash, chopped into bite-size chunks
10 slices bacon

If you plan to grill with wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in warm water for at least 30 minutes before grilling
Mix the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, your spice blend and sea salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes, until slightly thickened. Toss the chicken pieces with the balsamic glaze. If you have time, marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. I didn’t have the time, so I tossed the chicken into the cooled syrup and started stacking the skewers — and it was delicious even with just 10 minutes of marinating.

Weave the bacon, chicken, and vegetables onto 12-inch skewers. You will probably need two pieces of bacon for each skewer though I stretched with just one. Start by piercing a piece of bacon near its end, and then add a piece of chicken. Weave the bacon around one side of the chicken and add a piece of zucchini or onion, repeating until your skewer is filled. Add bacon as needed.
Preheat your grill to medium high, or preheat the broiler.

Grill the skewers for about five minutes per side or broil for about 8 minutes per side, brushing on remaining balsamic/maple glaze once more on each side, until the bacon and chicken are cooked through. Let the skewers rest for five minutes and serve hot, preferably accompanied by a cold glass of white wine or icy beer. DUH-LICIOUS and EASY!!!

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