Balsamic and Honey Chicken Skewers and Introducing Hatchery

by heidi on May 22, 2014

It’s time. It’s time to put the slow-cooker in the basement and scrub up the grill. It’s time to break out the tongs and sing M-A-R-I-N-A-D-E in falsetto. People, it’s officially summer. People, it’s time to grill.

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I should preface this post with the fact that: The grill is never a one man show.

There’s a lot more than you think that goes into a great grilled meal. There’s the grill > That’s key.

The griller > He’s the secret ingredient. And to any ingredient > there’s always a secret.

And the inspiration for my Balsamic and Honey Chicken Skewers recipe > it was delivered to my door.

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Hatchery on

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Hatchery is  like a personal shopper for your taste buds.

They’re purveyors of goodness. They seek out farmers and local artisans. They share ingredients and products each and every month, with a tasting box sent to your doorstep each and every month.

Each box of goodies comes in a sturdy, recyclable box with the products inside carefully wrapped in recyclable paper for shipping. I love the attention to detail in their branding, down to even the newsprint washi style tape with their name imprinted upon it.

I was contacted by Hatchery to ask if I’d share the deets on their monthly flavor boxes with you. I wasn’t familiar with them before they contacted me, but once I  got a look at their bright red boxed packaging with stellar typography and design (my type geek innards of longing strikes again) plus the list of carefully curated artisanal products they represent from across the U.S., I knew this was a company I wanted to tell others about.

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So, what it boils down to is samples of tastes, from savory to sweet, delivered to your door when you subscribe. Then, when you discover the products you love from your smartly designed Hatchery box, you can buy the full size versions directly from their website. Again, delivered straight to your door.

This month’s tasting box included seasoning salts, Arrabbitata gravy, a super tangy mustard, organic blueberry fruit spread and maple flakes. Maple flakes? Can’t wait to try that one.

One of the smart ways they pimp their samples is to include a Tasting Guide, where they deliver intel about the boxed samples, the artisans who created them plus unique recipe ideas using the products included. Yep, all in a really great designed package. I’m such a sucker for packaging.

This month’s Hatchery box included one of my favorite specialty brands, O Olive Oil. This sample was for their Fig Balsamic Vinegar. It’s balsamic with a big dose of figs, my favorite Meyer lemons, blood orange and Tahitian lime. Yep, it’s goooood.

And that’s when my mind started spinning.

With chicken ideas. With balsamic. With the grill. Done and done.

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Welcome summer. Nice to see you again.

Balsamic and Honey Chicken Skewers

Yield: serves 3

Balsamic and Honey Chicken Skewers


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 2 breasts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons honey, divided
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced, plus more for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Gather 3-5 wooden skewers and place in a shallow plate with water for 30 minutes.
  2. Trim the chicken breasts of any extra fat. Cut into 1 inch chunks and set aside.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon rosemary plus a generous pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the chunks of chicken breast and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat the grill to high. Thread the chunks of chicken onto the wooden skewers.
  5. Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook the chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side, basting the chicken with the remaining honey. Continue turning until chicken is cooked though, about 10 minutes or until chicken is opaque.
  6. Let sit for 2-3 minutes and serve. Drizzle with more honey and fresh rosemary if you'd like.

This post is sponsored Hatchery. As always, thank you for reading and supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. This post contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.  

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Kathryn May 22, 2014 at 4:27 am

I love this idea! I tend to buy all sorts of random ingredients but then not really know how to use them or bring them together into a dish so including a tasting guide sounds brilliant.


Erin | The Law Student's Wife May 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

Can you say BEST MAIL DAY EVER? I love this ideas a way to be exposed to new products, and these would make fabulous gifts too!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

I’ll take 3 skewers please.


Amanda May 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

Love love love honey chicken!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

Your balsamic honey marinade sounds killer, these are perfect for the long weekend!


Emily @ Life on Food May 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

These look amazing. I love rosemary and your photos are gorgeous!


Sharon May 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Looks delicious
Love rosemary, and honey with chicken


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking May 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I’m so pumped to bust out the grill this weekend with this great recipe!


Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron May 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to grill these up now that it is finally warm where I live. Love all the flavors you have in this recipe. Pinned!


Karen @ The Food Charlatan May 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I’m in love with that tray Heidi! And I’m also in love anything balsamic, so this looks perfect.


Robin May 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I’m actually eating and typing at the same time because I had to tell you how delicious they are! I had all of the ingredients on hand and we will definitely be making these again. Thank you for sharing!


Pineapple June 12, 2014 at 6:50 am

The pictures and ingredients look and sound great, but the instructions are very confusing. #1, preheat the grill to high, then marinade the chicken for 1-2 hours? And then (#4), preheat the grill to med-high, followed by #5 to reduce the heat to med-high. I think there are some major typos here…


heidi June 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for alerting me! I’ve made some adjustments and fixed her up. I hope it’s more clear now.


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Ann @ Dinner Is Served August 7, 2014 at 6:21 am

Made these last night and loved LOVED♥ them! Such a quick and easy marinade with ingredients I always have around my kitchen. The honey lets the chicken caramelize a bit on the grill which deepens the flavor. Definitely make some extra so you have leftovers to put in your salad the next day!


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