Pesto Chicken Kabobs

Diabetes Recipe: Pesto Chicken Kabobs

A quick and easy recipe, these kabobs offer a great source of protein. Try pairing it with our Quinoa Pilaf, which is also found in our recipe archives!

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 7 minutes

This Recipe Serves 4


8 bamboo skewers
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves (1 bunch of basil)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (aim for 24 pieces of chicken)
2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces (aim for 24 pieces of zucchini)
24 cherry tomatoes


  1. Soak the bamboo skewers in warm water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill.
  3. While the skewers are soaking, blend the olive oil, garlic, basil, pine nuts, black pepper and parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor.
  4. Thread alternating pieces of chicken, zucchini and tomato onto the soaked skewers starting and ending with the chicken, using 3 pieces of chicken, 3 pieces of zucchini and 3 tomatoes.
  5. Brush the kabobs with the basil mixture, coating well.
  6. Grill the kabobs about 7 minutes, brushing with the basil mixture until it is all used. Turn the kabobs frequently until the chicken is cooked through and reaches 165 degrees F.

Recipe Cost: $11.84

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 4 Lean Protein, 1 Fat

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