Over the past week, the sun is finally beginning to shine in many parts of the country. Although I am lucky to have sunshine most of the year in Southern California, I distinctly remember busting out my shorts and flip flops as soon as it reached 50 degrees growing up in New England. It also always meant it was finally time to break out the grill, get outside, and try to soak in as much good weather as we could before the inevitable late season snow storm hit. And today's recipe for Cilantro Pesto Chicken Skewers is perfect for those first days of warm weather.
The secret to this recipe is in the yogurt that is used in the cilantro pesto. Not only does it significantly lower the calories and fat by replacing most of the olive oil, it also ensures a tender and moist chicken breast since yogurt is a great way to tenderize meats. Then after some marinating, the chicken pesto skewers can be baked or grilled. If you want to add veggies, I recommend cutting the chicken in chunks instead of strips. Cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, zucchini, or summer squash would all be delicious addition. Served with a big green salad, some brown rice or quinoa, or on a bed of spaghetti squash and you have one delicious meal.
Cilantro Pesto Chicken Skewers
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- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 2 U garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp. almonds
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
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