Friday, August 26, 2011

Italian Chicken and Vegetable Skewers

For those who don't know...it's diet time here at our house!:(  We (Tony--the hubby--and I) did a little too much bingeing this summer and need to get back in the habit of eating wonderful HEALTHY foods.  This skewer was so perfect for our diet and is really good!  I don't think you can actually count it as a diet food, but it fit within our boundaries and was so delicious!  We will make this one even when not dieting!

Italian Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites
(sorry it's not the best picture...it actually was taken with my phone!!  Our camera is having issues...we need to replace it...anyone have some good suggestions on what kind to buy that will take fabulous food photo's???)

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 bottle of fat-free Italian dressing (or your favorite homemade recipe)
1 medium yellow squash, cut into bite size pieces
2 bell peppers, various colors, cut into bite sized pieces (we used green & purple...found at the produce stand down the street...really good!)
1 small red onion, cut into chunks
2 tomatoes, cut into chunks (we used 2 red tomatoes & then some yellow pear tomatoes)
12 white mushrooms, cut in half

Place your cut up chicken in a shallow dish and pour half of the bottle of Italian dressing over the top.  Cover and let marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours. 

Gently toss the vegetables with the other half of the Italian dressing. Set aside.

Thread the meat and veggies onto some skewers.  There will be more veggies than meat.  A good rule is to do 3 veggies and then meat, 3 veggies then meat...etc.:)  TIP: If you are using bamboo skewers you can soak them in water for 30 minutes before use so they don't burn when you put them on the grill.  I would recommend investing in some metal ones though...whether or not I soak my skewers they always end up burning.  But, they taste good either way!:)

Preheat your grill to about 400 degrees.  Cook the skewers for about 10-12 minutes turning at the half way point, or until the chicken is done and the veggies are tender-crisp. 

Enjoy...these were wonderful!!
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