Our weeknight dinners can become a little monotonous at times, but I make an effort to change things up on Sundays. Whether it’s an in depth recipe that takes hours to prepare or just a simple fresh marinade, I always try to incorporate something new to our repertoire.

Since it’s really warming up in Ohio, we have been using our grill to cook dinner on a regular basis. When we have time, we love to fire up the charcoal and hang out on the deck to enjoy the weather. What smells better than a fiery charcoal grill on a warm spring evening?

This past Sunday, I wanted to create a meal that was rich with Greek flavors. I decided on grilled chicken kabobs that were bathed in an amazing marinade. I paired the kabobs with grilled asparagus and orzo pasta tossed with fresh peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta and a mouth-watering Greek dressing.

Although this marinade smelled a little odd, the flavor of the grilled kabobs was very fresh and delicious. I will definitely use this marinade again and can’t wait to experiment with different types of proteins. I imagine shrimp and fish would turn out quite fantastic. If I piqued your interest with the mention of the orzo salad, stop back on Wednesday for the recipe.

 

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leave or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces

1 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces

1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into wedges

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into cubes


Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix together all the marinade ingredients.


2. In a large resealable plastic bag, place the marinade, red and green bell peppers, onion wedges and chicken. Seal, and mix to coat. Refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.


3. When ready to cook, preheat grill for medium-high heat.


4. Discard marinade, and thread the meat and vegetables onto skewers, leaving a small space between each item.


5. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed, or until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender.


Notes:

- I used fresh thyme, rosemary and parsley.


adapted from recipezaar


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