Jun 022011

There’s nothing better than a good bar-be-que.  When the weather finally starts to cooperate, the first thing I want to do is get outside and get grillin (or at least watch someone more grill-capable cook the food the I prepared).  But sadly, my NYC apartment does not have a spacious back yard for a grill.  So, when I was home in Chicago last weekend and my family requested a tush cook dinner, I had to take advantage of access to a great grill and an even greater griller (I call him Dad).  So, I made some flavorful and colorful yogurt-marinated chicken skewers.

The marinade was simple but added so much flavor and kept the chicken incredibly moist.  Perfect way to mix up your run-of-the-grill (get it??) bbq and impress your guests (or family, in my case).

Nutritional Highlights:  Skewers are a great way to keep your bbq tasty AND healthy.  Burgers and dogs are tasty, but chicken or shrimp skewered with lots of veggies is way better.  I paired mine with my favorite mustard roasted potatoes and a strawberry, feta, and toasted pine nut salad.  General rule of thumb–the more colorful plate you have, the better…you can’t really beat this!

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Skewers
adapted from Baked Bree

For the chicken and marinade:
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used a little extra cuz I’m crazy like that)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Veggies for skewering (red onion, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms…)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into one inch cubes

For the lemon dressing (I didn’t make this because I lost track of time and forgot, but I think it would be yummy so I’m including the recipe):
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:  Mix all the marinade ingredients.  Cut chicken into cubes and marinate for 3-6 hours (no longer or the yogurt will start breaking down the chicken).  Mix your lemon dressing, if using.  Soak your skewers in water for 30 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill.  When it’s done marinating, skewer your chicken with vegetables in between and grill over high heat for about 4 minutes per side (this may vary based on the size of your chick chunks).  When they chicken is done, remove for the grill, brush with the lemon dressing and serve!  

  2 Responses to “BBQ is back with Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Skewers!”

  1. The chicken was delicious! Thank you!

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