Paleo Pesto Chicken Tomato Kabobs

by Kelli H. on June 30, 2015

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Happy Fourth of July week! Is it too early to celebrate? I’m super excited for this weekend and have been looking forward to it for a couple months. I’m taking an extra day off work to just relax. Life has been full to the max of house chores, house projects, and other obligations, though sometimes they have been good obligations. 😉 It’ll be nice to just do NOTHING. Though, I may do some stand up paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, and mountain biking…we’ll just have to see how it goes.

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Today was SUPER hot, like 101 degrees where I work. When we got home Ryder was so hot. This is his hot face. It’s supposed to be hot all week. Luckily where we live now, it’s cooler in the nights which I’m loving. When I got home from work I quickly put together this dinner, then David and I took Ryder on a walk and now we’re sitting in the backyard sipping margaritas that David whipped up. It definitely doesn’t feel like Tuesday but I’m diggin’ it.

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I made this dinner a few weeks ago and loved the simplicity of it. I changed the original recipe just a tad to make it 100% paleo. Since the chicken is just marinated in this “pesto” why waste delicious expensive cheese. Save that for when you’re going to actually consume the pesto. This pesto is ridiculously easy to whip together. Just let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. It creates so much flavor, especially when you use your own home grown basil (do you need any? I have a ton!!!). The addition of the cherry tomatoes is heavenly. I never knew how delicious barbecued tomatoes are. To sum it up, this meal is really really easy. I prepared the pesto the night before and marinated the chicken overnight. When I got home I made the skewers and prepared a salad. Took no time at all and I’m able to enjoy the whole night out in the backyard. Just how I like it.

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Hope you have a great Fourth of July!

Paleo Pesto Chicken Tomato Kabobs
Ridiculously easy paleo chicken kabobs. Perfect for summer nights.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup basil
  2. 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  7. 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  8. wooden skewers, previously soaked for at least 30 minutes.
Pesto
  1. In a food processor; pulse the basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Stream in the olive oil until it comes together. Marinate the chicken pieces in the pesto for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill to high heat.
  3. Skewer marinated chicken and tomatoes alternating between the two until you use up all the ingredients.
  4. Grill skewers about 4 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and serve.
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Made In Sonoma http://www.madeinsonoma.com/

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Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks July 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

Oh mi gosh, I LOVE the way these looks. Blistered tomatoes are my favorite!!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health July 1, 2015 at 10:37 am

Your 4th of July weekend sounds like it will be awesome! I wish I could join you in doing nothing (aka SUP, hiking and swimming), haha. 😉

And I know, it’s been so hot and poor Coco has been panting like crazy too. I have to keep that AC on constantly to keep her from overheating.

These kabobs look fantastic and I love the idea to smother them with pesto! Have a great 4th, Kelli!

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Kelli H. July 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

We don’t have AC! That’ll be David’s next reason to get AC is for Ryder. haha. Last night he wouldn’t even sleep in our room upstairs. He left us for downstairs. Have a great 4th, too!

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Jane July 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Girl, you are on a roll with these awesome recipe ideas. Bookmarking this one for sure!

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Diane @ Life of Di. July 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! Will definitely be making these during my Whole30 experience 🙂 It’s going well so far (though, I have to admit to having an almond butter binge – AH!)

I haven’t read the book just the PDF material. We’re supposed to try to stick to three meals a day with no snacks, right? I’m having trouble not snacking in between. I think I need to up the calories of my meals.

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Kelli H. July 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Snacking is discouraged, but if you’re feeling hungry you should have something. You definitely shouldn’t feel super hungry on it. I had to start snacking towards the ends because I was feeling like I didn’t have enough energy during my workouts.

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Aida July 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I’m in Southern Europe right now and it’s sooooo hot. And there are no ACs anywhere, plus people are super scared of the draft, so they don’t open more than one window at the time. In any case, these kabobs look great, as does your blog. And your dog is beautiful!

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Kelli H. July 7, 2015 at 10:56 am

Thank you! Keep cool!

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GiGi Eats July 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

I got out to eat this type of thing on the REGULAR!! YUMMMMM!! I love them so so so much! I have such a THING for chicken! 😉

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} August 6, 2015 at 4:04 am

Oh these look so incredible! Pinning to put on my meal plan soon.

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