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Pirate Party Food: Chicken Daggers

Ahoy, me hearties. Today be buccaneer tide at me office. Me work shipmates an’ I dressed up like sea dogs. Thar be sea dog foods, games an’ treasure. It be a great, grand day.

I’m a big, huge, gigantic pirate fan. After hearing legends as a child of Captain Kidd allegedly burying treasure off the New England coast, I just fell in love with the lore and romantic pirate histories. Of course, the reality was far less romantic. My interest is more Captain Jack Sparrow than real-life pirates. (And for the record, I know that real-life pirates are nasty … nothing like Jack.)

When my editor suggested we have a pirate party to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day this week, I was all for it. I might have yelped in glee, but who’s counting? Today was our party (though the actual day was Sept. 19).

This was our treasure chest — filled with a few fun prizes for the pirate trivia game (I won!) and the hook game (we had to use a homemade hook hand to pick up five pretzels. That takes skills. Did I mention that my coworkers are awesome?

Oh, and of course we dressed up. Why would anyone skip the opportunity to dress like a pirate? Arggggg!

For my contribution to lunch, I brought a plate of Chicken Daggers, a fun take on skewers that are fashioned after daggers (as in the knife). My coworkers brought fun pirate foods like anti-scurvy fruit salad and walk the plank cookies.

Making them is simple – you marinate strips of chicken (I cut mine from chicken breasts) until they are filled with flavor. Then you thread the chicken onto skewers with a thick slice of pepper and a pineapple chunk (the dagger handle). Once that’s all done, all you need to do is cook them.

Fun, right?

And hey, these aren’t just for Talk Like a Pirate Day. They’re perfect food for a Halloween party. Think how awesome the daggers would look on a spooky buffet.

Chicken Daggers

Chicken Daggers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, , cut into strips
  • jerk or teriyaki marinade
  • thick-sliced peppers
  • pineapple chunks


  • wooden skewers, , soaked for 30 minutes right before using


  1. Place the chicken into a resealable bag and add marinade to coat. Seal the bag and chill for 2 hours.
  2. Prepare the daggers: Thread one strip of chicken onto each skewer, followed by a pepper slice and a pineapple chunk. Repeat until all the chicken as been used.
  3. Heat your grill to its medium setting. Once it's hot (about 5 minutes), cook the skewers for 3-5 minutes/side until cooked through. Remove from the grill.
  4. Serve hot or cold.
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Friday 23rd of September 2011

I love talk like a pirate day. We can never celebrate it in places I work!