Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

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Grilled pesto chicken and tomato kebabs just SCREAM summer! Made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, homemade basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Great as an appetizer or double servings for a main dish.

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

We grow so much basil in my garden all summer long, so I make a lot of pesto and use it so many ways. This super easy recipe can be made a day ahead, the longer it marinates the better!

These are gluten free, inexpensive, low-carb, clean and simple. If you want to make them paleo, you can leave out the parmesan and swap it for pine nuts. If you love pesto as much as we do, you may also love Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake, Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers, or this delicious Eggplant Panini with Pesto – so good!!

Helpful Tips

  • Doubling the skewers helps keep everything in place while grilling, and makes them easier to turn. I love how the tomatoes taste after they are grilled, and they smell just divine when they come off the grill.
  • To make a lighter pesto sauce, I use less oil and omit the pine nuts. It’s still so flavorful you won’t miss them! If you’re having this for dinner, I would serve 2 with salad or grilled veggies on the side.
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.
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Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

147 Cals 18 Protein 3 Carbs 7.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Marinate Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Lunch
CUISINE: Italian
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/4 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 wooden skewers

Instructions

  • In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.
  • Combine the raw chicken with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water at least 30 minutes (or use metal ones to avoid this step).
  • Beginning and ending with chicken, thread chicken and tomatoes onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total.
  • Heat the outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat until hot. Be sure the grates are clean and spray lightly with oil.
  • Place the chicken on the hot grill and cook about 3-4 minutes; turn and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1kebab, Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 7.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 2.5mg, Sodium: 104mg, Fiber: 1g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: chicken skewers recipe, grilled chicken kebabs, grilled chicken skewers, grilled pesto chicken, grilled pesto chicken and tomato skewers
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs just SCREAM summer, made with chunks of boneless chicken breasts, skinny basil pesto and grape tomatoes. Serve this as an appetizer at your next backyard bash, or have them for dinner any night of the week with a great big salad or over pasta.

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  1. Made these as an option for a small tapas gathering. They were a big hit. Very tasty and no one picked up that they were “healthy”. :). I’d definitely make them again.

  2. This was delicious, simple and quick! The chicken was very tender and had a great flavor. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. This recipe looks awesome,🌹🌷,Thank you for the recipe I am going to try it out.I love my chicken.🙏💋😍

  4. Made fir dinner tonite!  It was excellent.  I also added mushrooms.  Put tomatoes on separate skewers as well as mushrooms.  They do not need as much cook time as chicken.  Cant wait for to use my summer basil up with making this pesto.  Kudos

  5. Made these for dinner tonight. So, so good and easy! Did not make my own pesto. Used Rana.

  6. I used the recipe builder on the WW app and it came to 16 points for the whole recipe, or 2 points per skewer. I think possibly the serving size is supposed to be 2 skewers (4 points) instead of 1. Did anyone else see the same thing?

    (PS it’s so delicious! Everytime I make the skinny pesto I double it and freeze half, this comes together so quickly and beautifully if the pesto is already made. I paired it with the watermelon arugula salad and it was perfect! Now I just have to get the points right….!)

    • Hi Christine! The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

      The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

      • Thanks for the reply Gina! I did use the Recipe Builder – I think actually it’s just that the points listed are for two skewers, not one. The only reason I checked is that 4 points for one skewer seemed pretty high to me and I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from – I think the 4 is for two skewers!

        It’s not a big deal though, I was just curious if anyone else had noticed the same thing. I am endlessly grateful for everything you do, seriously, I feel healthier than ever and you’ve made it SO fun.

    • I found the same thing using the recipe builder – 16 points on blue for the entire recipe, or 2 points per kebab. The only things that have points on blue are the olive oil (12 points for 3 tbsp) and Parmesan (4 points for a 1/4 cup). Everything else is 0 on blue. Love the recipe, I just adjust the points when tracking. 

  7. Any way to make the pesto without a food processor? I don’t own one…
    Thanks
    Julie