Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

In the summer, one of our favorite things to make are kabobs. You can use your choice of meat, whatever veggies or fruit you have on hand and the marinade never has to be the same. They're so easy! And kid-friendly too.

Towards the end of nap time yesterday, I quickly prepared these for our dinner. I got the chicken all ready and let that marinate for a few hours. Cut up the pepper pieces and threw those into a container. Everything was ready for the hubby to assemble and throw on the grill. We had some errands to run after daycare so I left him in charge of getting supper ready for us. I have to say, he did pretty well. He even added his own little touch by sliding some fresh pineapple chunks on the skewers.

Now I know not everyone has the luxury of being able to start meal prep in the afternoon, heck I don't normally have the time either. But how about the night before or in the morning before work, spend an extra 15 minutes putting this all together. Because really, that's all the longer it took me, if that. It's something quick, easy and pretty healthy you can serve to your family. Then be on your way to enjoy the remainder of your evening.

That's exactly what we did. It was a beautiful evening out and the whole family took a walk around the neighborhood together. The girls have been very interested in Earth Day this year and had the idea that we should take a walk and pick up trash. They gathered enough to fill two sacks full. We got in some exercise and they had fun and of course were being silly!

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

1-1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
cherry tomatoes
bell pepper pieces
fresh pineapple cubes

Cut chicken breasts into cubes and add into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Dump olive oil and seasonings into the bag with chicken, massage the spices into the chicken pieces well. Let marinate in the fridge during the day if possible, or at least for one hour.

When ready to prepare, preheat your grill. Meanwhile, thread the chicken, pepper pieces, tomatoes and pineapple onto skewers. Feel free to use onion or any other veggie you like too.

Place kabobs on the grill, cover and let cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Make sure to turn the kabobs at least once or twice throughout the cooking process. When done, remove from grill and place on a serving platter. Serve with your favorite sides. Makes enough for 6 kabobs.

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