savoury sundays: pesto chicken & vegetable skewers

IMG_0049

I love to cook. I also love fresh, healthy, and tasty food. On the weekends I don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen preparing good meals from scratch. I find it rather relaxing. But during the week I want to achieve the same results, but don’t have lots of time to sacrifice. So I am always trying out things that tastes amazing but can be made with minimum effort. I also look for things where I can skimp on the starch, but still have something that is filling.

So this dish ticks all my mid-week boxes: fresh, healthy, filling, fast and effortless. I’ve used chicken, but lamb or even fish will taste just as nice. I’ve made my own pesto for this, but a store bought tub will quicken the whole process up even more. I’ve given a list of vegies below that I used, but use whatever your preference just keep in mind that it should all be able to cook in roughly the same amount of time.

Pesto Chicken & Vegetable Skewers
makes 4 skewers (enough for two people)
500g chicken breast, cubed
1 courgette
1 red capsicum
8 button mushrooms
1 red onion
4 baby yellow squash
4 bamboo skewers
salad leaves

Pesto
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup pine nuts
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs grated parmesan (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
  • Cube the chicken breast into approximately 4cm pieces. I sealed the chicken first, for colour but also to ensure it is cooked through at the same time the vegies are cooked. To do this heat some olive oil in a pan over high heat and add the cubed chicken. Toss around for 2-3 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  • To prepare the vegies, cut the courgette into 2cm slices. Cut the red onion in halve. Cut the red capsicum in halve and then in quarters.
  • To assemble: start with a button mushroom, then alternate a piece of each of the other vegetables and a cube of chicken, and finish with another button mushroom.
  • Place the finished skewers on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the skewers for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender (but still has a little bit of crunch) and the chicken is cooked through.
  • To make the pesto: toast the pine nuts over a medium heat until they start browning, approximately 5 minutes. Add the pine nuts and basil leaves to a food processor and blitz until chunky. Add the olive oil, parmesan if using and salt and pepper. Process until everything is combined, only a few seconds.
  • When the skewers are cooked, plate on a bed of salad leaves and pour over the pesto sauce. Serve immediately.

…be fearless, and have fun!

esté

Advertisements

3 responses to “savoury sundays: pesto chicken & vegetable skewers

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s