Recipe Redo: Ivanka Trump’s Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

10/18/2013 at 11:24 AM ET

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Is it just us or does it seem like the web is flooded with pumpkin foods right now? Don’t get us wrong: We love a good pumpkin recipe, but sometimes October can go into gourd-overload! It’s nice to take a step back and eat something that is wonderful year round.

That’s why we love these Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce from Ivanka Trump. This recipe makes a great party appetizer any time of year—or you can make a nice salad, top it with a couple of these skewers, and you have a terrific dinner!

We switched a couple things around from Ivanka’s original recipe: To save a little time, we swapped chicken breasts for chicken tenders so we don’t have to do any cutting. (Phew!) We also used almond butter instead of peanut butter. It’s just as creamy and delicious, but is better for you. To the marinade, we added fresh lime juice for a touch of acid and cilantro for a zesty pop of flavor.

We love quick and easy recipes like this one—and love how versatile it can be! If you’re not in the mood for chicken, switch it out for thinly-sliced flank steak, lamb or shrimp. Either way, your guests will never know that this dish took no time at all to put together.

Spoon Fork Bacon Ivanka Trump Chicken Skewers
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Spoon Fork Bacon Ivanka Trump Chicken Skewers
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Spoon Fork Bacon Ivanka Trump Chicken Skewers
Courtesy Spoon Fork Bacon

Chicken Skewers with Almond Butter and Lime
Makes 10

1¼ cups coconut milk, divided
¾ cup almond butter
3½ tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. light brown sugar
2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp. chile sauce
¼ bunch cilantro, minced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lime, juiced
10 chicken tenders
10 bamboo skewers
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup coconut milk and the next 9 ingredients to make a marinade. Whisk together until fully combined and no lumps remain.

2. In a second bowl, place tenders and top with marinade, reserving ⅔ cup. Fold mixture until chicken is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. While chicken marinates, soak bamboo skewers in water.

3. Remove chicken from refrigerator and thread a tender onto each skewer. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Preheat grill, or burner if you are using a grill pan on the stove, to medium-high heat.

5. Brush grill or grill plan with oil and grill chicken until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

6. Stir together reserved marinade and remaining coconut milk to make a dipping sauce. Serve alongside chicken skewers in a small bowl.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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