Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs

I’m already starting to worry about how many “summer grilling” days we are gonna have left!  It’s a sad day when the grill doesn’t get used almost every day so I’m still trying to take full advantage of it while I can!  These kabobs were well worth making on one of my last grilling days.  They definitely did not lack in flavor; that is FOR sure!  I loved the use of spices found here.  The chili powder/paprika went fabulously with the garlic and lime and there was even a slight bit of heat from the cayenne.  These kabobs tasted like a Mexican BBQ and they were great on their own, but as I ate them I thought they would be SO good in tacos or fajitas too.  Either way . . . they are delicious and in no way boring!  Make them quick – before grilling season is O.V.E.R.

Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
Adapted from The Sisters Cafe

4-6 chicken breast halves (boneless, skinless), about 2 lbs
1 sweet red pepper
1 sweet onion

6 Tb olive oil
3 Tb red wine vinegar
2 limes, juiced (4 Tb)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion salt
2 tsp minced garlic cloves
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cut chicken and pepper into 2 inch pieces.  Peel onion and cut into quarters.  Slice through each quarter to make 8 chunks. (When you pull apart the onion layers, the outer layers should now be in roughly 2 inch pieces) Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice.  Stir in spices. Marinate chicken and vegetables for 4-6 hours or overnight.  (You can place the chicken and vegetables in separate shallow containers.  I make sure the chicken is covered with marinade first. Any leftover marinade, use for the vegetables. And, if I’m lucky – I reserve about 3 tablespoons to brush on my kabobs while they’re cooking.)

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Thread chicken, pepper, and onion onto metal skewers and discard the marinade. Grill skewers, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until juices run clear (or chicken registers 165 degrees when tested with a termometer).  If you reserved any marinade, brush marinade on skewers each time you turn them.

Serves 8.

Nutritional Information of Chicken Only (Per Serving = 4 oz.)
Calories:  150
Protein:  23.1g
Carbs:  1.3g
Fat:  6.3g (0.8g = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.2g
Sugars: 0.2g

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