Chicken Kebabs with Strawberry Walnut Salad

 

chicken kebabs

I’ve always been a big fan of chicken kebabs. Chicken kebabs are super easy to make and marinated chicken is always better than plain chicken!

I grew up in New England and we always considered “barbecuing” as grilling food outside on a grill. So you can imagine when I moved to Texas how I was excited to see barbecue restaurants everywhere and was also excited to be invited to a friends house for barbecue. I made a nice side dish to go along with some kebabs and when I arrived at my friends house, I was confused… there were no kebabs. I asked where the kebabs were? My friends said, “We’re having barbecue” and I thought and said, “Well yah… so where are the kebabs?” They said “barbecue” is barbecue sauce covered ribs and other meats, what I was talking about was “grilled food”. So I learned that day that barbecue in Texas meant barbecue sauce covered food, and “grilling out” meant grilled marinated meats… like kebabs. Grilling out is also known as a cookout. I still love barbecue food, but something about fresh marinated kebabs and vegetables hits the spot for me more so than any barbecue can. I always feel so full and a bit gross after I eat nothing but barbecue covered meat and some potatoes. I prefer fresh flavors and vegetables over the soaked fatty meat.

This chicken kebabs recipe is one I made up from flavors I like, but it just goes so great with the strawberry goat cheese walnut side salad. I’ve made that salad for cookouts and it’s always a big hit! The sweetness of the strawberries goes great with the bitter walnuts and goat cheese and the onions add a a robust favor to the whole dish.

*IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ONIONS* If you’re not a huge fan of onions, especially raw, try sautéing them in a pan with a light amount of olive oil, or grill them. Then add to them to the salad once they are cooled off.

 

Chicken Kebabs with Strawberry Walnut Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 Kebabs and 4.5 cups Salad

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of chicken
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (1 clove not too strong, 2 for stronger flavor)
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp tarragon
  • lime zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups mixed greens of your choice (I used spinach and spring salad mix)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (store bought or homemade)

Instructions

  1. First cut up all the chicken into 2 to 3 inch cubes
  2. Prepare the marinade
  3. Place cut up chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade in. Let sit anywhere from 30 minutes minimum or to up to 24 hours.
  4. Before using the chicken, cut up all the vegetables into 2 inch chunks to skewer with the chicken.
  5. Place chunks of chicken and vegetables on the skewer in whichever order you'd like.
  6. Place on heated grill (indoor or outdoor) and cook for 3-4 minutes per side (turning on four sides)
  7. Total cook time should be between 13-15 minutes.
  8. Prepare the salad beforehand, or while chicken is cooking.
  9. Slice the red onion really thin
  10. Slice the strawberries
  11. Pour over greens
  12. Toss in the goat cheese and walnuts (or pecans)
  13. Toss balsamic vinaigrette into mix

Notes

*The longer the chicken sits in marinade, the more flavorful it can become

For the Marinade 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1-2 cloves garlic (1 clove not too strong, 2 for stronger flavor) 1 TBS Honey 1/2 to 1 tsp tarragon lime zest Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad 4 cups mixed greens of your choice (I used spinach and spring salad mix) 1/2 red onion 4 oz crumbled goat cheese 1 cup sliced strawberries 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans

Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing (store bought or homemade)

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