Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

I had all the intentions of sharing an ice cream recipe today, and yet I had no motivation to photograph it (I did have motivation to eat it)! So instead, I’m sharing with you a delicious and easy-to-make grilled chicken recipe. In fact, if your still trying to decide what you want to make today for your Independence day cookout, this recipe for Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto just might be what you were looking for.

Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

This recipe for Chili Chicken Skewers w/ Cilantro Lime Pesto pairs beautifully with the Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Banana recipe I posted the other day. Since having Ryder, I’ve been eating a whole heck of a lot more meat. We could go one month and consume 12 chicken breast between the two of us (mainly my husband eating the meat). But now I feel the urge to eat meat daily–I guess my body needs the protein. We eat chicken just about every night, although on occasion I throw in a nice roast, or grill a london broil, or pork tenderloin. I’m constantly trying to come up with new chicken recipes.

Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

I love skewering just about anything I can throw on the grill. Not sure what it is, but I love it, and I love to grill. Like every day I grill dinner (or just about). This recipe for Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto is perfect for a quick week night meal. Or maybe you’re entertaining this weekend (or in the coming weeks) and want something different. Something to “wow” your guest. This recipe I have a feeling will wow them. I never think to use cilantro in pesto, but when I have limited ingredients on hand and a crying newborn I use what I have. The cilantro and lime are bright and give these chicken skewers even more depth than I ever could have imagine. It’s almost like a chimichurri sauce in a way!

Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Pair these Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto with  Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Banana for a complete meal!

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Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto


    For the Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers
  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Strips
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • For the Cilantro Lime Pesto
  • 2 cups cilantro
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


    For the Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Rinse and pat dry chicken. Skewer chicken, drizzle olive oil over the chicken and sprinkle rub over chicken. Massage the rub into the chicken.
  3. Place chicken skewers on grill. Cook 10 minutes (flipping once) on medium-low flame until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Once done cooking, remove from heat and set to the side.
  4. For the Cilantro Lime Pesto
  5. While the chicken is cooking, place the cilantro, parsley, honey roasted peanuts, lime juice, garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Puree for 20-30 seconds until all the ingredients are well incorporated and broken down. Refrigerate the Cilantro Lime Pesto until ready to serve.
  6. Serve Cilantro Lime Pesto on top of the Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers.


*Soak wooden skewers for 30 minutes or longer to avoid skewers from burning.

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  1. Mmmmm, this looks like the perfect summer meal. Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

    • Thanks Stephanie–we are all for grilling during the summer months. The 4th was great… hope yours was nice as well!

  2. That pesto looks amazing!

  3. Celina

    Looks amazing. Do you think I can make the Pesto ahead of time, like a day or two before? We are going to a cottage without a blender or food processor and I would love to make this for one of our meals.

    • Celina, I think you can, but keep in mind that the pesto might change color to a darker more dull looking green color. Enjoy!

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