Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

by | Jun 2, 2014 | All, Main Dishes, Sponsored

These Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs stay tender on the grill thanks to a leisurely marinade in protein-rich Greek yogurt and basil pesto. 

Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

I shivered just a bit when I turned the page on the calendar this month. Not because I was cold, mind you, but because I realized that my kids only have a handful of days of school remaining. Am I ready for them to be home? 


And no. 

It’s always an adjustment for both me and the kids to get used to our new routines. I need to balance my productivity with their fun camps/activities and a healthy dose of down time. (It IS summer, after all!) As I look at the calendar, I can already see that we have a few hectic weeks ahead of us. Those crazy nights are perfect for fast and easy meals like these Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs. 

June is National Dairy MonthJune happens to be National Dairy Month, which couldn’t be a more fitting tie-in to this recipe. Kebabs can easily dry out on the grill as you wait for all of the pieces to cook through. Not in this recipe. Protein-rich Greek yogurt combines with fresh-from-the-garden basil pesto to create a super fast, savory marinade for the chicken. Pop this in the fridge in the morning, and you’ll have flavorful kebabs ready for the grill by dinner time. My family couldn’t believe how moist and tender the chicken becomes from the yogurt bath. Plus, it’s an easy way to sneak some extra dairy-rich nutrients (like calcium, vitamin D and potassium) into your diet. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s a must! 

Looking for more ways to enjoy dairy in June? The American Dairy Association’s Facebook and Pinterest pages have loads of dairy-inspired ideas. Or check out these moo-volous recipes from our fellow dairy-lovin’ bloggers: 

Greek Yogurt Pops by Dessert for Two

S’Mores Ice Cream Sandwich by Lemons for Lulu

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fruit Dip by The Lemon Bowl 

Chorizo Croque Monsieur by Climbing Grier Mountain

Java Chip Milkshake by Inside BruCrew Life

Avocado Bean Dip by Shugary Sweets

Creamy Pea Salad by The Law Student’s Wife

Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the ADA Mideast, but you know we never say no to anything dairy. All opinions are our own. 

Yield: 4 servings

Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Just say no to boring chicken with these juicy Pesto Yogurt Chicken Kebabs.

Prep Time 10 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 (10.5 oz) container cherry tomatoes


  1. Stir together the Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup basil pesto and garlic in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place chicken in the bowl and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8-10 hours. (I did about 10 hours, and it was seriously moist chicken!)
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  3. When ready to assemble, place cherry tomatoes in a small bowl with the remaining 2 tablespoons pesto and stir to coat. Alternate chicken and tomatoes on skewers. Sprinkle kebabs with salt and pepper. Lightly oil grill grates and grill for 3 minutes on one side, turn skewers and finish grilling for another 2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Notes
  5. If you’re using wooden skewers like I did, make sure you soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using them on the grill.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 kabob

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 42g

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      Me, too, Liz!

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      You can never have enough uses for Greek yogurt, right?

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    These look and sound fabulous!!!

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      Thanks, Mimi!

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      Thanks, Jessica. I love finding more ways to use Greek yogurt!

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      It’s one tasty combo, Lauren!

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      Pesto can’t be beat!

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      Phew! I’m glad I’m not the only one freaking out about school wrapping up!

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      I’m with you, Nicole; bring on the easy summer meals!

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    I am so not ready for my kids to be home all day all summer! Is that horrible? Of course our schedule is already full too, so it really shouldn’t be bad. But down time and these awesome kabobs need to be part of my life!!! Such a fun use for yogurt!

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    There is something festive about having kabobs. Maybe because I never had one until I was well into my adulthood. OMG—-was I deprived? Well I guess I will have to make up for it now as an adult. These are simple and elegant and would make great appetizers too.

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      Ooooh, good thought about using them as appetizers, Carol!


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