Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce {Recipe}

Flavorful herbs are at their prime during the summer. Make them the star of the show with this herb sauce drizzled over chicken kebabs. 

Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs. @Jlevinsonrd

 

I was compensated for writing the original article and developing the recipe found in the July 2015 issue of Today’s Dietitian. I was not compensated for sharing the column or magazine with readers on my blog. All opinions are my own.  

One of my favorite things about summer is the plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables. Everyone talks about zucchini, corn, nectarines, cherries, and heirloom tomatoes, but who can forget the herbs? Most often those fragrant, flavorful little leaves are the showstoppers to an otherwise bland dish.

Mint, cilantro, basil, thyme, rosemary — those are just a few of my favorites and you’ll see I use them often in my recipes. While they are available all year long, they reach their peak during the summer. One of these days I’m going to grow an herb garden, but in the meantime, I’ll stick to what’s at the farmers market and local supermarket. Or maybe I’ll snag some of my neighbor’s fresh basil 😉

Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs. @JlevinsonRD

In case you didn’t see the July issue of Today’s Dietitian Magazine, my Culinary Corner column is all about fresh herbs and includes this nutritious and delicious recipe for Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce. I used mint and cilantro in this sauce, but if you prefer other herbs feel free to make substitutions. Also, for those of you who are vegan, have a dairy allergy, or keep Kosher like I do, try the recipe with a non-dairy yogurt. I made it with coconut yogurt and it was just as delicious!

Be sure to check out the full article to find out more about how to use my favorite herbs, and of course the rest of the excellent articles in this month’s issue.

Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs. @JlevinsonRD

Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce
 
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Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs.
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Recipe Type: dinner, lunch, entree, gluten-free,
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Kebabs:
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken cutlets, cut into 32 pieces
  • 16 grape tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 16 wedges
  • 1 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 32 pieces
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 16 pieces
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, cut into 16 chunks
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Herb Sauce [makes ¾ cup total, need about 1 tbsp per serving]
  • ½ cup mint
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces low-fat plain yogurt (can substitute any non-dairy yogurt)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill at 450-500 degrees.
  2. Soak 16 wooden skewers in water for 10 to 20 minutes. Thread each skewer with 2 pieces chicken, 1 tomato, 1 onion wedge, 2 pieces of zucchini, 1 piece of yellow squash, and 1 piece of pepper, alternating vegetables and chicken. Brush vegetables and chicken with olive oil and place on grill. Cook 5-6 minutes; turn over and cook another 6-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  3. To make herb sauce, add all sauce ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve kebabs with herb sauce for dipping or drizzled on top.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 2 skewers + 1 Tbsp sauce Calories: 185 Fat: 6 g Sat Fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 6.5 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 183 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 26 g Cholesterol: 73 mg

If you missed my May and June Culinary Corner recipes, you can find them here and here.

What’s your favorite herb?

Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs. @Jlevinsonrd
Fresh cilantro and mint come together in a cool yogurt-based sauce perfect for hot-off-the-grill chicken kebabs. @Jlevinsonrd
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16 Responses to Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce {Recipe}


  1. I just stocked up on a ton o fresh herbs! I love them! Parsley, Dill, Basil, Mint, Cilantro!

    • Jessica says:

      Yum! can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  2. I am loving how fresh that herb sauce is! I want to put in on EVERYTHING, including this chicken!

    • Jessica says:

      haha…thanks so much Taylor! It definitely would work in so many recipes!

  3. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition says:

    I think this herb sauce would be a great topper for a chicken or beef burger too! Or mixed with pasta! Or pretty much on everything I’m craving right now 🙂 delicious recipe and even better picture!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Katie! I didn’t think about it before for pasta, but it totally would work well! Gonna have to give that a try. And thanks for the compliment on the pics- been working hard on those 😉

  4. What a perfect summer recipe! That was my favorite print magazine – glad to see they are still online!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Alisa! Hope you saw my note that they can be made dairy-free with non-dairy yogurt!

  5. Great article! I just read it and love how your broke the herbs down! I have to admit, as great as mint is, I only like it in gum hah! But, I do love the basil and rosemary! My all time favorite herb is cilantro, I could use that on everything! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Liz! Cilantro is probably the herb I use the most. Thank god I don’t have that gene that makes it taste like soap! You need to learn to like mint. And salmon! lol! 😉

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