August 23, 2015

GRILLED CHICKEN PESTO POTATO SALAD (KABOBS)

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All the goodness of a chicken and pesto potato salad, grilled on skewers. Baby potatoes, chicken, onion, and tomatoes in a yogurt pesto marinade, grilled to perfection, makes this easy all-in-one meal.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad

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Can you believe that Labor Day is only two weeks away? Already? The summer has flown by! In preparation for the big end of summer weekend, I am sharing a tasty and easy grill recipe that is perfect for any type of gathering.

These kabobs are my twist on potato salad. Never had potato salad on a stick? You should really try it! All the key elements of a chicken and pesto based potato salad are here: potatoes, a creamy base, onion, tomatoes, chicken, and pesto sauce. In keeping with the fuss-free nature of the dish, I opted to use jarred pesto sauce. If you want to take the time to make your own, knock yourself out and whip up a batch!

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad

These kabobs are going to make your holiday weekend an easy peasy, stress-free one. It is ideal for a meal with the family or as part of a backyard shindig. They can be marinated a for couple hours or the night before. After soaking in all the flavor and goodness, the potato salad is ready to go on the skewers and then grilled. Make these kabobs work with your schedule—skewer them and advance or just before you are ready to toss them on the grill.

To make, precook baby potatoes in boiling water. Next, make the marinade by combining plain yogurt, garlic powder, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and pesto in a zip lock bag. Then add potatoes, fresh grape tomatoes, onion, and chicken to the marinade and allow to chill for 2 hours or overnight. Prior to skewering, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes (or use metal skewers and save yourself a step). When ready to eat, place on skewers and grill for 8-10 minutes. That's all it takes for a meal in one on a stick, folks!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. Happy grilling!

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad



GRILLED CHICKEN PESTO POTATO SALAD (KABOBS)


INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. washed baby potatoes (about 24 1.25" diameter potatoes)
1 tsp. salt for boiling potatoes
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup pesto, jarred or homemade
1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 small onion, chopped into 1" bite size pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tbsp. lemon juice
12 -14 wooden or metal skewers




INSTRUCTIONS:

Place potatoes in pan and add enough water to cover them by an inch. Add salt. Bring water to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes or until you can insert and pull out a pointed knife with a little resistance. Drain. Allow to cool. 

Cut chicken into approximately 1" chunks. In a large zip lock bag, add pesto, yogurt, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Massage bag to combine mixture. Add chicken, onion, potatoes, and grape tomatoes. Massage again. Chill for 2 hours to overnight.

If using wooden skewers, completely submerge in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes before skewering. When ready to grill, place the marinaded content on skewers. 

Grease rungs on grill. Preheat on high. Grill skewers, covered, for 8 - 10 minutes, flipping skewers over halfway through. The cooking time will depend on how thick your chicken is cut. Done when chicken is no longer pink inside. Makes about 12 skewers, depending on how much each skewer is filled.




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44 comments:

  1. Summer is flying indeed. And these grilled chicken with pesto potato on a stick sounds incredible. A perfect recipe for get-togethers! YUM!

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    1. Thanks Anu! Food is always more fun to serve food on a stick for a crowd.

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  2. Ah, those grill marks are making me extremely jealous. I need a grill for recipes like these. Why do I not have one?????! Yummy!

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    1. Oh Brielle, you need to get a grill then you can put grill marks on all your food! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Potato salad on a stick?! That is all sort of cleverly awesome! Plus it's got pesto and chicken skewered up on here? Ummm- I NEED! Love this girlfriend, So perfect for the upcoming holiday weekend... or just because everything on a stick tastes better! ;) Cheers, lovely lady!/

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    1. Thanks for kind words, sweet lady! You so get me on this! You're so right, everything tastes better and much more fun on a stick! :)

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  4. What delicious skewers!!! I love all the flavors and a perfect way to celebrate Labor Day :)

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    1. Thanks Liz. I'll make the skewers and you can make that awesome Grilled Pork Báhn Mì Sandwich for Labor Day. Eclectic, but yummy!

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  5. What a fun and delicious variation of kebabs!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! It's my version of a full meal on a stick..and an easy cleanup for sure. :)

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  6. Mmm! Anything with pesto is right up my alley! I am definitely enticed by this deliciously summery dish! Thanks for sharing, Thao! :D

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad to hear it, Kennedy! Pesto is a wonderful thing. :)

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  7. Never had potato salad on stick, and that sounds and looks cool! Love the addition of pesto too. Hearty and delicious!

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    1. Thanks Ben! People put pretty much everything on a stick, so I figured why not potatoes?

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  8. Wonderful combination and I am glad for any new idea of using pesto, my freezer is full with small jars of mint pesto, sage pesto and wild garlic pesto.

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    1. Thanks, Adina. I'm jealous of your pesto collection by the way. :)

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  9. These skewers look divine! Love all the flavours - such a great idea!

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  10. Potato and Chicken salad on a skewer is such a brilliant idea - this is so fun to eat too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shashi! Food on a stick makes every occasion festive.

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  11. You posted this recipe at just the right time Thao! My patio basil plant is growing out of control and I decided I needed to make some pesto. Picked up some organic pine nuts and also got some beautiful cherry tomatoes, potatoes, and red onions in my CSA today. It's almost as if you wrote the recipe for me! Thanks so much :)

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    1. It's no coincidence, Karrie. I'm half Asian and half telepathic! ;) Kidding aside—how uncanny is that?! I'm so glad this recipe came just in time to give you some dinner inspiration. :)

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  12. This is so perfect for a barbeque! And so much healthier than old fashioned potato salad. I love this!

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    1. I think so too on both accounts, Kathleen! I'm glad you like this! :)

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  13. Amazing! I love kabobs and these look so neat and well done unlike when I do it. Looking forward to labor day (not a thing in Africa while I'm working temporarily) lol

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    1. Ha ha! In the end it's that taste that matters, right? Happy Labor Day to you too, Natalie! ...even though it won't be your typical Labor Day.

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  14. Ooh! I love that you've marinated this in yoghurt! I've never tried that with pesto - thanks for the idea!!

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    1. So glad you like the idea, Nagi! The yogurt and pesto make a terrific marinade. Even my non-yogurt, non-pesto loving husband gave it a solid thumbs up.

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  15. Summer has gone by WAY too quickly, I just can't believe it's almost labor day :( These look delicious and so easy to make!

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I just had a sad realization tonight when I looked out my kitchen window that it gets dark before 8:00 pm already!

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  16. What a fun and delicious idea! I know my family would love this! Thank goodness you still have energy after a long and hard day with the kids to put out such beautiful meals...

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    1. Thank you, Bam. You're too kind! We have our share of leftovers and takeouts. :)

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  17. Can't believe how fast this summer flew by! These look delicious! Such a great idea and so easy too :)

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I am sad summer is almost gone, but I do like fall in New England (until all the leaves turn brown and the trees are bare).

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  18. Sounds incredible! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  19. I love kabobs--such a delicious way to eat loads of vegetables! We've been eating them weekly lately!

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    1. Veggies with charred grilled marks make them even better, don't you think? :)

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  20. This looks delicious! I need to fire up the grill before summer ends because I am definitely making this!

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    1. I'm so glad you want to try it out, Jen! I hope you like it!

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  21. I just love the combination of veggies for your Ka Bobs, they look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen. I do like the combination of potatoes, tomatoes, and onion, but I like that this is so versatile that you can switch it up any way you want.

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  22. Such a fun idea. . .putting a salad on a stick. And that chicken marinade sounds so heavenly. I bet it makes the chicken nice and tender. Time to fire up the grill for labor day!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! Grilling season will end too soon, so we need to fire up the grills as much as we can! :)

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