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With the added fragrant taste of basil pesto oil, these chicken skewers are quick and delicious – perfect for party appetizers, picnics, or summer days spent at the grill.  Serve them with other great recipes from our Grill Every Day cookbook, like lemon couscous with dried cranberries and apricots or a mixed grill of vegetables.

Chicken Skewers Pesto Oil

Skewered Chicken Tenders Basted with Pesto Oil

{Serves 4}

16 7-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 15 minutes, then drained

¼ Cup store-bought basil pesto, at room temperature

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 ½ Pounds chicken breast tenders (about 16 tenders)

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

Immerse the skewers before lighting the grill, so they have plenty of time to soak.  Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on medium-high.

In a small bowl, combine the pesto and 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix well, set aside.  Place the chicken breast tenders in a bowl, drizzle olive oil over the top, and brush or rub the chicken on both sides with the oil.  Season generously with salt and pepper.

Thread 1 chicken tender onto each skewer, unless there are small pieces to combine together.  Weave the tenders so the skewers pierce each piece 2 or 3 times.  Bunch the meat a bit, so it covers about 5 inches of the skewer.

Oil the grill grate.  Fold a footlong piece of aluminum foil in half lengthwise and lay it on the grill grate.  Arrange the skewers so the exposed bamboo is protected from the flame by the foil and the meat is directly over the fire.  Use 2 pieces of foil if necessary.  Grill the chicken, turning once and basting frequently with the pesto oil, until the meat is firm and the juices run clear when a tender is pierced with a knife, about 2 ½ minutes per side.

Divide the skewers among warmed dinner plates.  Serve immediately.


About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.

Posted By: EJ
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