Calico Jack’s Anti-Scurvy Kit: Coconut Citrus Chicken

**UPDATE: We have just been informed that the Sexcamaids won the Judges’ Choice award at the 2010 Coney Island Mermaid Parade. And this here little bribe got a special shout-out on the boards! Go team!**

Before we progress any further, it has come to my attention that I should probably explain a little more about our judges’ bribe. On the surface, it sounds pretty simple–we basically packed them the most righteous picnic a sun-soaked judge could ever hope to receive. But were we content to merely shower them with delicious foodstuffs? No. Heavens, no. You’re talking to a graphic designer; it’s not a project until I’ve wrapped it up in customized, hand designed packaging and involved at least three artists.

Plus, I am tremendously spoilt in having some wonderful talents in my network, so when I got this ridiculous bee in my bonnet, I was able to put out the feelers and make this crazy thing match the picture in my head. Which is how we ended up with the pirate feast, a picnic presented in a treasure chest (courtesy of Bench), with the foodstuffs packaged in bespoke, branded tins, all named after famous pirates. The effect we were going for was “hey, I went shopping at the pirate supermarket!” We had branded hard tack! Swill! Ship’s biscuits! And my personal favorite, Calico Jack’s Anti-Scurvy Kit.

The anti-scurvy kit was my favorite for two reasons, the first being the absolutely boss design work that Lady G did for it. Check it:

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The second reason is that it was the biggest challenge for me–you would not believe what I went through trying to figure out what would actually go IN the anti-scurvy kit. It had to be a savory, it had to be able to stand up to an undisclosed number of hours in a cooler (on an extremely hot day), and it had to have some sort of citrus element. It was a more difficult decision than I’d anticipated, but one that I’m extremely happy with–the coconut milk imbued the chicken with a creamy tenderness, while the mixed citrus zest kept things interesting; the lime-basil dipping glaze woke up all the flavors and really brought everything together. It kept beautifully in the cooler.

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But best of all? It was super easy, incredibly delicious, and tasted AMAZING when grilled over open coals. Highly recommended for a picnic in a park or on the high seas.

Calico Jack’s Anti-Scurvy Coconut Citrus Chicken
(Say THAT five times fast)

1 lb chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 oz coconut milk
Zest of 2 oranges, 5 limes, and 2 lemons
2 tsp brown sugar
salt

For the lime-basil glaze:
Juice of 5 limes and 2 oranges
1/4c brown sugar
1/2 c water
2 tbsp freshly chopped basil

  1. In a large ziptop bag, combine everything from list 1. Whack it in the refrigerator at least two hours, ideally overnight.
  2. Grill it till it’s done, which will depend a lot on the heat of your coals. I think that in the above picture, we had them on a medium-low burn for about 6 minutes a side. NOTE: If you’re using wooden skewers over an open grill, please remember to soak them thoroughly before using–you don’t want citrus chicken flambe, I promise you.
  3. To make the glaze: in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients except the basil. Bring to a boil and then lower heat–simmer until it has reduced by between a third and a half, depending on how thick and glaze-y you actually want it. Adjust the amount of sugar to taste.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the basil, and let cool.
  5. Say MMMM loudly, frequently, and with gusto.
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