Look – I'm not always a Pinterest mom. But the fall holidays just get me every time.
They are so my favorite. I love everything from Halloween to Christmas – it's just a chance to have the best time making memories when you have kids! There are so many possibilities for fun things to do – everything from little treats to themed dinners.
But, I will also admit that it's a busy time. I already know that we're not going to have a ton of time for a full-on creative, themed dinner tonight. My kids wouldn't want a full dinner anyway – I think they're going to be way too concerned about candy around dinner time. So I'd like to give them something that's easy, creative, and nutritious – not too tall of an order, right? 😉
My best answer to this issue is to prep a make-ahead dinner that can be eaten as a come-and-go finger food kind of meal. These Spooky Chicken Spider Kabobs are perfect for that. They are easy to make the night before they're needed and can be eaten cold or warm. Kids think they're super fun and they'll actually give them a well-rounded meal on a crazy night!
Here's how I made them.
1 20oz bag Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs, Classic Style
1 10oz bag matchstick carrots
1 mozzarella cheese stick
4 oz cream cheese
1 4oz can sliced black olives
First, I took Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs (lightly thawed) and cut them into bite-sized pieces. I got around 4-5 “spider bodies” out of each chicken thigh. Place them on a lightly-greased, foil-lined cookie sheet (to make for really easy clean-up) and bake for 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
These chicken thighs are already fully cooked…you're really just developing their already deep flavor and texture with this step. Let cool in the fridge. (I had mine on kabobs to cook, but it isn't really necessary at this point…I ended up taking them off to decorate.)
There's absolutely no need to season Cooked Perfect Fire Grilled Chicken before cooking…they're already perfectly seasoned with a savory blend of spices and grilled over an open fire to lock in its natural juices. This makes the chicken super flavorful and juicy. It's absolutely delicious as the star of the meal!
Once chicken pieces are cooled, take a toothpick (or your kabob) and poke 4 small holes in each side of the chicken piece. Put bagged matchstick carrots in each hole to make the legs of your spiders. For the eyes of the spider, slice a mozzarella cheese stick into thin (around 1/8″) slices. Use a tiny dollop of cream cheese to “glue” the eye onto the spider. Take another small dollop of cream cheese and “glue” the olive to the top of the cheese stick for the eyeball. If you haven't done so already, put 3-4 spiders on each kabob for a spooky and adorable Halloween treat! I was able to make these in advance and they were just as delicious the next day. This is a great meal to have Halloween night that can be eaten with no prep time beforehand. Let Cooked Perfect Premium Fire Grilled Chicken be the highlight of your Halloween meal too! Cooked Perfect® Fire Grilled Chicken is available in several varieties (including Wildflower Honey BBQ Drumsticks and Bourbon BBQ Bone-In Thighs) in the freezer aisle at stores nationwide. Click this link if you'd like to Find Fire Grilled Chicken in your area. You can also Browse recipes and save $1.50!
Happy Halloween, everyone!