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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!

Katie Original Recipe

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.



9 Responses to “Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto”

  1. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough posted on July 5, 2014 at 11:28 am (#)

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

    • Katie replied on July 7th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

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

  2. Christine at Cook the Story posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:21 am (#)

    That pesto looks amazing!

  3. Celina posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm (#)

    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.

    • Katie replied on July 31st, 2014 at 9:59 pm

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

  4. Len David posted on December 29, 2014 at 7:33 am (#)

    Hi! For how long can I keep  this in the fridge? My mother’s party is in two days, but I am planning to prepare this tonight. Thanks!

    • Katie replied on December 29th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Len, I’m not sure how it will keep after 2 days in the fridge. Are you going to cook them tonight and serve them in two days or just have them marinate?

  5. Deb posted on March 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm (#)

    This is the long lost menu and recipes from Cuisine at Home magazine I’ve been searching for! Right down to the banana mashed sweet potatoes. Thanks for posting. I used to make that cilantro pesto a lot…looks like you changed up the recipe slightly. Yum!

    • Katie replied on March 31st, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Lol Deb, I’m so glad I could help. Every now and then I try a recipe that is so good I have to share with others even if it isn’t my own! I’m so glad you found it! I have to make this recipe again.

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