One reason why I love summer cooking so much is the easy clean-up when you grill up your dinner. Today was suuuuper hot in San Diego and after an extra sweaty session of boot camp, all I could think about was eating a light, fresh dinner. Adam is back from another out of town trip and the last thing I wanted to do was waste any time cleaning dishes, so this dinner hit the spot and checked all the boxes – Clean Eating, Low Carb, Fresh Ingredients, Easy Clean-up. CHECK!
This would be a great meal for this weekend as well! Any fun plans for Labor Day? Not laboring, I hope. That’s unpatriotic, tell your boss I said so and proceed to your bbq/pool party/etc.. Adam and I are going to Joshua Tree for some hiking, camping and off-the-gridding, I’m really excited to figure out some creative camping food. This gal doesn’t do hot dogs more than once a year. And I’ve already been to a baseball game, so…. you do the math.
Chicken Chipotle Skewers with Avocado Creme
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 t kosher salt
- 1/2t chili powder
- 1/2t paprika
- 1/4t cumin
- 1/8t cayenne pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2t light brown sugar
- 1 1/2t minced chipotle in adobo
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- minced fresh parsley, to garnish
Avocado Cream Sauce
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic
- Juice of 1 lime
Whisk together the lime juice, canola oil, salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, brown sugar, and chipotle in a pie plate. Add the pieces of chicken and toss to coat. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to an hour), stirring and turning the chicken once at the halfway point as it marinates. (OR just toss it all in a gallon ziplock, shake it up and lay flat on in the fridge – turning once)
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. While it’s heating up, thread the chicken onto skewers (throw away any remaining marinade). Transfer the kebabs to the grill, and cook, turning every few minutes so all sides are browned, until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 F. Transfer the kebabs to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the avocado sauce: Split the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and add to the bowl of a food processor along with the yogurt, garlic, and lime juice. Process until the sauce is smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the kebabs with the minced parsley to garnish, and serve with the avocado sauce for dipping.
Side: I added a tomato, avocado, cherry tomato and bacon salad. Just chop everything up; add salt, pepper, a drop of Tabasco and a tiny bit of olive oil and you’ve got a perfect summer side!
2 responses to “Inspiration: Labor Day”
This looks amazing. Also, I love camping. So much. A huge part I miss about SD! We’d go up to Julian all the time and camp for the weekend. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!
That’s one of the biggest things Adam and I said we would miss if we ever move! It was an awesome trip and the food wasn’t half bad either!