Chicken Pesto Kabobs

Need some new grilling inspiration? Try these simple and flavorful Chicken Pesto Kabobs!

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Fire up the grill! Any grill will do, but there are advantages and disadvantages of using both charcoal or gas grills.

Charcoal vs. Gas Grills – What’s the difference?

Charcoal Grills:

Charcoal grills provide a more distinct smoky flavor along with that amazing backyard aroma. It’s such a tease when I’m running through the neighborhood and all I smell are my neighbors grilling. Scented wood chips or charcoal will add additional flavor. However, charcoal can be a little messy and sometimes tricky to regulate the temperature.

Gas Grills:

Just turn on a switch and your gas grill is fired up and ready to go. You are able to easily regulate the temperature and often gas grills have different settings that you can easily regulate areas of the grill at different temperatures. You won’t really get that smoky flavor, but you are able to cook various items on the grill at the same time.

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I like to create little ribbons for the zucchini to thread on the skewers. Chopped (quartered or in half moons) zucchini works just as fine! I just enjoy the crispy edges of the zucchini ribbons that crisp up from the grilling process.

If you are making zucchini ribbons, just be careful using the mandolin. They can be a tad dangerous. I got into a fight with mine once.

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Grilling is a healthy cooking method

Grilling is a healthy cooking method to prepare your food. It requires minimal added fats and imparts a smoky flavor while keeping meats and veggies juicy and tender.

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There is nothing wrong with cooking with convenience. If using prepared pesto this recipe only has 4 ingredients and can be whipped up for a delicious dinner in no time!

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Chicken Pesto Kabobs

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 12 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup pre-made pesto, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large resealable bag, combine chicken and ¾ cup pesto; marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Using a mandolin (or carefully cut with a knife), slice zucchini lengthwise.
  3. Remove chicken from the marinade. Thread the cherry tomatoes, zucchini in a ribbon-like pattern, then chicken. Repeat until skewer is filled.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Add kebobs to grill, cook gently turning halfway through for about 10-12 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Brust on additional pesto, if desired. Serve immediately.

Keywords: grilling, grill, kabob, chicken, pesto, simple

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This recipe was originally posted in July 2016. Content and recipe have been updated.

Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

Make dinner time less stressful with easy prep and easy clean-up. This Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken with Roasted Asparagus is quick, nourishing, and delicious!
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Sheet pan dinners have been lifesavers during busy weeks. Throw ingredients together on a sheet pan and roast for a simple sheet pan dinner. They make busy weeknights a bit more manageable. With just only one pan to clean up, count me in.
It’s exciting that sheet pan dinners are this month’s Recipe ReDux theme. I can’t wait to see what other members came up with. We will all have so many new ideas to try now!
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Hate scrubbing pans? Me too! I highly suggest investing in parchment baking sheets. It makes clean up even easier! No food gets stuck to the pan, so no scrubbing required!


In my house, we have a pretty solid system in place. I cook, and my boyfriend does the dishes. He loves sheet pan dinner nights because he barely has to clean a thing.
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Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner

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Make dinner time less stressful with easy prep and easy clean-up. This Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken with Roasted Asparagus is quick, nourishing, and delicious!


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Ingredients

  • 4 pieces chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • For the bruschetta:
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a line on one end of the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place asparagus on the opposite side of the baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper over asparagus. Toss to combine to evenly coat.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and top chicken with mozzarella cheese. Toss the asparagus. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and asparagus is tender.
  6. Top chicken with bruschetta and serve immediately.

Notes

If chicken breasts are thick, cook chicken for 10 minutes alone first before adding asparagus to the pan.

Keywords: dinner, chicken, sheet pan

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Sheet Pan Cajun Chicken With Vegetables

Make dinner even easier with sheet pan dinners and I’ve got the perfect one for you to try first! This Sheet Pan Cajun Chicken with Vegetables can easily be customized with flavors you love, using the same cooking process.

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September is National Family Meals Month, a nationwide event designed to underscore the benefits of family meals and to challenge us all to share one more meal at home per week with our families.
The busy demands of modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home.  Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents.  They have also been shown to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger—creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole.
According to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night.
(source)
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Family meals were a big part of my life growing up. Even with my sisters and I involved in different activities, my family made it a point to get together around the table for family meals.

Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weights, and less risky behavior. (source)

When I go home to have family dinner, I soak that feeling in. Since I’ve moved out, I still try and get home for family dinner at least once a week. It’s a time where we all catch up on each other lives over a delicious home cooked meal. There are always lots of laughs. Charlie (our dog) knows exactly when our dad gets up from the table he can slide in for a few bites from my plate.
I’m excited to share family meals with my own family one day.
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Sheet pan dinners are easily customizable. Choose a protein and some veggies, plus a seasoning blend you like. For this sheet pan dinner, I tried a Cajun spice blend. I liked the extra little kick it gave the dish and it was delicious on the cauliflower.

The best part about sheet pan dinners – only one pan to clean up! Can’t beat that! Plus, if you have leftovers, pack it for lunch. Looking to mix it up? Try serving over a bed of greens or quinoa.

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Sheet Pan Cajun Chicken With Vegetables

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun spice blend
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (4 pieces)
  • 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) green beans, trimmed
  • 3 cups cauliflower (1 large head), cut into florets
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Cajun spice blend, and garlic. Set aside.
  3. Evenly spread the green beans, cauliflower, and roasted red peppers on the baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of marinade over the vegetables and toss until combined. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Add chicken to the marinade and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove vegetables from the oven and nestle the pieces of chicken between the vegetables onto the pan. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F and vegetables are tender.

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Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower “Fried” Rice

Skip take-out and make your own delicious fried rice, with this healthy twist. Try swapping out rice for cauliflower rice and creating this flavor packed Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower “Fried” Rice.
Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower "Fried" Rice via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchenI received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Have you jumped on board the cauliflower rice trend? This is one trend that I love because it adds more veggies to your meal! Many also opt into this ingredient swap idea because it is a lower carb option.

Your typical fried rice take-out may be packed with excess sodium, but by adding Kikkoman’s Traditionally Brewed Less Sodium Soy Sauce in this recipe can actually help reduce the amount of sodium in this dish.
Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower "Fried" Rice via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchenSoy sauce is often associated with being high in sodium, but culinary research indicates it’s an ingredient that can actually help reduce sodium in recipes. How? Soy sauce is rich in umami, a savory taste that helps round out the overall flavor of a dish and enhances the palatability of a wide variety of foods. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Food Science revealed that swapping soy sauce for salt reduces the sodium by up to 50% without decreasing consumer acceptance.

As you’ll see there is no additional source of sodium from any other ingredients in this recipe. By using 1/2 tsp. Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of 1/2 tsp. table salt, the sodium content of the recipe is cut by 1000 mg.
Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower "Fried" Rice via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchenThis isn’t just any cauliflower rice. I added a little tropical twist. As I am typing this recipe, I am dreaming of being on a tropical island away from the NJ snow. The addition of pineapple, not only adds that tropical flavor, but also the enzyme found in pineapple, bromelain, digests protein, softening the tissues in meat before cooking it, creating tender pieces of chicken.
Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower "Fried" Rice via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchenLooking to add more umami flavor to your recipes? Kikkoman offers a variety of less sodium products: Less Sodium Soy Sauce, 50% Less Sodium Gluten-Free Tamari Soy Sauce, Less Sodium Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, and 50% Less Sodium Gluten-Free Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce.

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Hawaiian Chicken Cauliflower “Fried” Rice

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 6 1x

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Ingredients

  • 4 skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 (8 oz.) can pineapple chunks, juice reserved
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Less Sodium Soy Sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag riced cauliflower (or 1 medium-sized head of cauliflower riced)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup frozen and shelled edamame, thawed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons, cashews, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine 3 garlic cloves (minced), 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup soy sauce, and honey. Add the cubed chicken; stir to combine. Let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine remaining pineapple juice, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon sesame oil; set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots. Saute for about 2 minutes; then add garlic; saute for another minute. Add the cauliflower and edamame. Saute until cauliflower is soft (but not mushy).
  5. Turn pan down to low-medium heat. Make a well in the center of the pan and add the eggs. Stir gently in the center until starting to cook, then incorporate into the rest of the veggies. Stir in soy sauce mixture, scallions, pineapple chunks and chicken.
  6. Top with cashews and sesame seeds before serving.

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Don’t forget to check out all the other recipes that are slashing sodium with soy sauce!

Balsamic Plum Stuffed Chicken

Liven up your weeknight chicken dinner with dried plums to add a boost of flavor along with a boost of nutritional benefits.

Balsamic Plum Stuffed Chicken - recipe by Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen #reciperedux

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Did you know May is National Osteoporosis Month? While you may automatically think of calcium, vitamin D, mainly found in dairy products for bone health, dried plums also have an array of health benefits.

Let’s be honest, dried plums, aka “prunes” get a bad reputation, but they are so versatile and great to add into your diet for it’s health benefits.

Emerging research suggests that dried plums support healthy bones, and may support heart health, digestive health, immunity and healthy aging. One serving (4-5 dried plums) is less than 100 calories. Plus, each serving provides 3 grams of fiber, 293 mg of potassium, 16 mg of magnesium, and more vitamin K than any other fresh or dried fruit.

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I like dried plums as a snack, just as is, but they also can really up your game in the kitchen. Dried plums can serve as a substitute for fats or sugars to reduce calories in a baked good recipe. You can toss them on a salad or mix in to your yogurt for an extra nutritional boost.

The way I am using them today, is to add moisture to this chicken dish, while mixing it’s naturally sweet flavor with other savory ingredients.

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Balsamic Plum Stuffed Chicken

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Liven up your weeknight chicken dinner with dried plums to add a boost of flavor with a boost of nutritional benefits.


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Ingredients

  • 4 (4 ounce) pieces skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup California Dried Plums
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl add the California Dried Plums and balsamic vinegar and set aside to soak for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten out, using a meat mallet, or rolling pin. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  4. In a blender or food processor, blend the dried plums and balsamic vinegar, until it turns into a paste like consistency. (Add a few drops of water, if needed)
  5. Evenly spread the plum mixture over one side of each chicken breasts. Sprinkle walnuts and feta cheese on top.
  6. Roll chicken (in a jelly roll fashion) gently without letting the filling spill out. Secure chicken with wooden toothpicks.
  7. Brush each chicken roll up with dijon mustard and and coat with panko breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and remove wooden toothpicks. Slice chicken breasts crosswise and serve.

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"BLT" Stuffed Chicken

This recipe is for all the bacon lovers out there. I personally do not like bacon. (I know.. the honorrrr!!) One of my clients I cook for is a big bacon lover, so I decided to incorporate into a dinner instead of just adding it to the side to a morning breakfast platter. Everything in moderation right?

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Tired of plain baked chicken? Spruce it up BLT style.

 
 

“BLT” Stuffed Chicken

Makes 4 servings

 

Ingredients:
2 large (8 oz) chicken breasts

4 pieces bacon
3 cups spinach
1 cup tomato, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
pepper
Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice both chicken breast in the middle, not all the way through, to make a pocket for the filling. Sprinkle the inside with pepper.

3. Dice 2 pieces of the bacon. Over medium heat cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and set aside on a piece of paper towel to soak some of the fat.

4. In the same pan, add the onion, and cook until translucent. Then add the tomatoes and spinach until spinach has wilted. Add the bacon back in and toss together to incorporate.

5. Take the bacon, spinach mixture and stuff it into the chicken. With the remaining bacon, wrap wrap it around the stuffed bacon to hold it together. Sprinkle with pepper.

6. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crisp.


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(nutrition facts based on calorie count – 1/2 stuffed chicken breast)

 

Enjoy!

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