Pesto Chicken & Tomato Kebabs
This is a great recipe to combine with a healthy side dish (quinoa dish or grilled veggies) for a complete meal, but this also works great for when entertaining guests, or if you need to bring a dish to a party and want to make sure there’s something healthy to pick from. The goal is to make eating healthy manageable and fun – no boring flavorless food for us! This dish came out delicious, flavorful and was really satisfying. With 18g of protein per kebab you are really getting the benefits of a high protein meal to keep you full. I love the versatility of this recipe (you can change the veggies, or even the protein if you wanted. Most importantly, it was pretty quick and easy to make. Enjoy and eat healthy!
- 1-1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1-1/4 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 24 cherry tomatoes (I used red and yellow to make it pretty)
- 16 wooden or stainless steel skewers (if you use wood you’ll want to soak them in water first)
In a food processor (I used my smoothie blender on a Sauce setting) pulse basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil. You can play with the ratios here by adding more basil as needed.
Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes (or as best you can). Combine the raw chicken with pesto you just made and coat all the chicken in a bowl. Beginning and ending with chicken, thread chicken and tomatoes onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total. Using two skewers helps keep things in place.
Original recipe calls for using an outdoor or indoor grill which might be easiest in warmer weather. I put these on a foil covered roasting pan and baked at 400 until chicken was cooked through. Only took about 5 minutes – just keep an eye on it. Turn once half way through cooking to keep it even.
Recipe tested and adapted from SkinnyTaste.com
Nutritional Information: Serving Size: 1 kebab Calories: 147, Fat: 7.5 g, Carb: 3 g, Protein: 18 g • Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 104 mg (without salt)