Last night, I got home from work just totally mentally exhausted. It was just a very creative day at work and I was wiped out. Instead of crashing on the couch, I decided to try to relax by cooking.
I got the chicken kebab recipe via Cooking Light’s iPad app. The ingredients are simple and there is pesto involved. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
I put on the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast and got to work. I was listening to the Lizzie Borden episode, which provided some nice background noise as I gave my chicken 40 whacks.
Coincidentally, yesterday was the anniversary of the famous murders. I wrote a paper about the trial during my senior year of college, but I had forgotten a lot of the details. That trial was totally the Casey Anthony trial of the 19th century!
Anyway…my version of the recipe!
Soak eight wooden skewers in water for about 45 minutes. Then cut 2 pounds of chicken into large chunks and put into a plastic zip-top bag; drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt and chicken seasoning. Let marinate in the fridge while you chop a red and yellow pepper and half an onion into wedges.
Combine 2 tsp grated lemon rind, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tsp bottled minced garlic, and 2 tsp olive oil and toss with chopped peppers and onions and then add to the bag with the chicken. I let the whole mixture marinate since I had some time. (Oh and by the way, your tips about the microplane zester really helped with the zesting!)
When you’re ready, thread the vegetables and chicken onto skewers. Place skewers on grill and cook over medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes, or until chicken is done.
While the chicken is grilling, combine 2 tsp lemon juice, 4 tbsp plain yogurt (I used Greek), 4 tbsp sour cream, and 2 tbsp store-bought pesto.
I also had a loaf of Dassant beer bread in the oven, so I pulled that out…
And then it was time to eat!
The creamy pesto? Is the best sauce I’ve had in a long time! It’s so easy and I can’t wait to make it all the time for…everything! Seriously delicious.
The beer bread? Was awesome. Like…the kind of carbs you want to take a nap in. That was actually a free sample and I’m going to do a giveaway this month, so get excited.
The chicken? Perfection! Not dry at all, with a nice lemony zing to it.
This dinner was a huge win all around, and making it definitely helped me relax. (As did a hunk of that beer bread.)