Chicken and Veggie Skewers + Baked Sweet Potato Fries
With Memorial Day weekend as the official start of the summer season, my friends and I just had to have a BBQ, so we made chicken and veggie skewers, corn on the cob, and baked sweet potato fries. Because we are all conscious of our health and lifestyle, this seemed like a great, healthy alternative to your typical BBQ fare (e.g., hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, etc.).
Everything was so delicious, we didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything.
Skewers are great because you can put whatever you want on them; we opted for chili lime marinated chicken and vegetables. Super lean and healthy protein combined with tons of colorful vegetables, how can anyone feel guilty? And the fries? For one, sweet potatoes are richer in fiber, vitamin C, and iron than your regular russet white potatoes. And for two, we baked them! None of that deep-fried, oily business. With a side of home-made honey mustard, so good.
Next time you BBQ, consider skewers and baked sweet potato fries. Yum.
-boneless, skinless, chicken tenders or chicken breast, cut into small chunks or cubes
-bell peppers (we like red, orange, and yellow) cut into huge chunks
-zucchini, sliced into half-inch discs
-button mushrooms, whole, scrubbed clean with a damp paper towel
-onion, cut into huge chunks
-sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch thin strips
-salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, and whatever other spices your heart desires
-wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for at least thirty minutes
-2 large bowls
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (for the baked sweet potato fries).
1. Prepare the marinade. Squeeze the juice of two limes (roll them against the counter top with the palm of your hand to get the juices flowing, first) into a large bowl. Add a few splashes of olive oil. Throw in a few dashes of chili powder, paprika, black pepper, and salt, and you’re good to go.
2. Add the chicken and veggies into the large bowl; using your hands, evenly coat everything. Chill in the fridge for at least 20+ minutes to marinate (overnight is best).
3. While the meat and veggies marinate, prepare your sweet potato fries. Toss the sweet potato fries in a large bowl of olive oil, salt and pepper, to coat. Once evenly coated (but not soaked in oil, gross), coat a baking sheet (or two) with some olive oil. Spread out the sweet potato fries in a single layer. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 or so minutes, flipping them over halfway through or until desired crispiness.
4. After the meat and veggies have had time to settle, assemble your skewers! Grill for 20-ish minutes, shifting things around accordingly on your grill to make sure everything is evenly cooked.
5. Share this meal with your friends. Enjoy!