I'm still infatuated with the beautiful blade-type kabob skewers I got in Turkey, and these Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs were fantastic! And these delicious chicken kabobs are low-carb and gluten-free! And if you make the recipe with Basil Pistou which doesn't have cheese it can also be Paleo or Whole 30!
I love buying cooking souvenirs when I'm traveling, and the kabob skewers I got when I went to Istanbul are making another appearance on the blog with the easiest grilled chicken kabobs you could ever hope for. These Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs have only five ingredients if you use purchased pesto and purchased vinaigrette dressing like I did, and seriously this is about as delicious as it gets for easy grilled chicken.
I love making pesto, and my Basil Pesto with Lemon would be good here too, but the pesto that comes in a jar from Costco was really great in this recipe. You might want to cut down the lemon juice in the marinade just slightly if you're using the lemony pesto, although if you're a fan of lemon like I am, go ahead and use the whole amount. The chunks of chicken can marinate in this easy marinade all day while you're at work, or even overnight if you're cooking this earlier in the day.
Trim chicken breasts and cut into same-size chunks about 2 inches square. Whisk together vinaigrette dressing, basil pesto, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and Spike Seasoning. Put the chunks of chicken and marinade into a Ziploc bag or a plastic container with a tight fitting lid and marinate in the refrigerator at least 8 hours, or longer is fine too.
When you're ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium heat. Drain the chunks of chicken and thread on to skewers. Cook about 15-18 minutes, turning often, or until the chicken is lightly browned and feels firm (but not hard) to the touch.
Serve hot, with something like a healthy cucumber salad and Twice-Baked Cauliflower or Grilled Zucchini on the side for a delicious low-carb meal.
Ultra Easy Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs
(Makes 4-6 servings; this ultra-easy grilled chicken recipe created by Kalyn.)
Before I had these gorgeous blade-type skewers from Turkey, I loved to use double skewers for kabobs to keep the meat from spinning around on the grill.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup purchased vinaigrette dressing
(I used Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, which has only 1 carb per serving.)
1/3 cup purchased basil pesto (or make my Basil Pesto with Lemon if you prefer)
3 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice.)
1 T Spike Seasoning, or another all-purpose seasoning blend
Trim visible fat and undesirable parts from chicken breasts and cut each breast into half lengthwise and then into 2 inch pieces. Mix together the vinaigrette dressing, basil pesto, lemon juice, and Spike Seasoning.
Put the pieces of chicken into a Ziploc bag or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, add the marinade mixture and turn over the bag or container until the chicken is coated with the marinade. Let chicken pieces marinate in the fridge for 8-10 hours (or longer is fine.)
When you're ready to cook, brush or spray the grill with high smoke-point oil or non-stick spray and preheat grill to medium. Drain the chicken pieces, discarding the marinade, and threat chicken on to skewers.
Grill chicken about 15-18 minutes, turning often, or until the chicken is lightly browned and firm, but not hard to the touch. Serve hot.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
If you use a low-carb purchased vinaigrette or make your own, this would be a great main dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or most types of Low-Carb eating plans. (You could make this recipe with Basil Pistou (which doesn't have cheese) if you want it to be Paleo.)
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Recipes by Diet Type photo index pages to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn's Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I'm sharing there.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. Or if you're a member of Yummly, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.
More Tasty Dinners with Chicken:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)
Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch
Chicken Shish Kabob with Baharat ~ The Perfect Pantry
Sriracha-Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)