Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs


Super easy, healthy restaurant-quality Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs recipe for summer grilling and entertaining!  They are cheap to make, gluten free, and low carb.

Super easy, healthy restaurant-quality Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs recipe for summer grilling and entertaining!

Aloha from Hawaii!  Someone pinch me because I don’t feel like I’m really here!  I quickly told you last week that I was joining Mr. Wishes on yet another business adventure and this time it has brought me to the beautiful island of O’ahu.  I’m loving it here so far (who wouldn’t?) and it’s just as beautiful as I always imagined it would be.  This is one place I always dreamed of visiting ever since my Grandma and Grandpa vacationed here back when I was a kid and I saw pictures (and thought the shark teeth they brought me back were just way too cool).  Yup, I made up my mind way back when I was young that I would make it to Hawaii someday and my dream has come true.  I honestly don’t know why I should be so fortunate to see so much of the world as I have in my 31 years of life, but I’m extremely grateful for every bit of it!  Wow, I just got all emotional there for a second! I better start talking about food now and focus on what’s really important (ha ha)…

Super easy, healthy restaurant-quality Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs recipe for summer grilling and entertaining!

I have the perfect summer grilling dish to share with you today….these pesto chicken and tomato kabobs, to be exact.  It kind of goes without saying that these need to be added to your grilling list for your 4th of July BBQ’s.  I always like to have a chicken dish as an additional healthier option to have instead of burgers and hot dogs once in a while.  These kabobs really are easy to make and can be made a day ahead of time as the longer they marinate, the better!  I just like the look of kabobs – they look all decorative 🙂  Mr. Wishes said multiple times during this meal how much he liked these.

Serve these kabobs many different ways: over pasta, with a salad, or grilled veggies on the side.  You can even serve these into an appetizer at a party.

Super easy, healthy restaurant-quality Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs recipe for summer grilling and entertaining!

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs
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Serves: 4-8, depending on how much you put on each skewer
Super easy, healthy restaurant-quality Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs recipe for summer grilling and entertaining!
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/4 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 wooden skewers
  1. In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.
  2. Combine the raw chicken with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
  3. Soak wooden skewers in water at least 30 minutes (or use metal ones to avoid this step). Beginning and ending with chicken, thread chicken and tomatoes onto 8 pairs (or less if you load them up like I did) of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total.
  4. Heat the outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat until hot. Be sure the grates are clean and spray lightly with oil.
  5. Place the chicken on the hot grill and cook about 3-4 minutes; turn and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.

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22 Responses to “Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs”

  1. June 24, 2014 at 7:40 AM #

    This looks like a delicious, easy and healthy weeknight dinner!

  2. June 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM #

    These look amazing!! I adore pesto. Have the best time in Hawaii my friend! XO

  3. June 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    What a great looking and healthy recipe. I am always looking to use the grill, makes clean up a breeze. Thanks for sharing.

  4. June 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM #

    So jealous that you are in Hawaii! Now you will understand why I plan on retiring there. The food, weather, people and culture are all so amazing. Enjoy Oahu, and I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

  5. June 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    Ashley, this is right up my alley! YUM!

  6. June 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    Simply delicious! I think I might make this over the weekend. Hope you are enjoying your vacation and not working too much!

  7. June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM #

    These look delicious! AND easy! Love the pesto with the chicken….these would be great to throw on a salad.

  8. Ginny McMeans
    June 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

    Beautiful job and looks great!

  9. June 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

    Love the homemade pesto on these kabobs. They look so tasty and perfect for a BBQ.

  10. June 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    Enjoy Hawaii!! I hope your trip is everything you always dreamed it would be : )

    And these kabobs look delicious!

  11. June 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

    I’m so crazy for kebabs right now!

  12. June 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

    These kabobs look right up my alley and soon to be on my grill! Yum! Have fun in Hawaii!

  13. June 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM #

    Yum! Anything that involves pesto and a grill is a winner in my book!

  14. June 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM #

    The kabobs look delish! Wish I were enjoying one in Hawaii. Have a wonderful time.

  15. June 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM #

    These look absolutely delicious!

  16. June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM #

    I’m just getting into grilling. These look amazing!

  17. June 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM #

    Those look great! Love the kebob skewers too. Have the best vacation ever! Hawaii is on my bucket list.

  18. June 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM #

    Great recipe to get back in the kitchen with!

  19. June 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM #

    I’m glad your dream to get to Hawaii has come true — it’s such a wonderful place! These kabobs look so delicious — I love the pesto!


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