Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Rosemary Chicken Skewers ~ tender chunks of tzatziki marinated chicken and a rainbow of veggies threaded onto fragrant sprigs of fresh rosemary ~ can you say delish?

* Today I’m partnering with Pavilions to bring you these juicy rosemary chicken skewers made with their O Organics® chicken.  The O Organics line of hundreds of USDA-certified organic products is available exclusively at Pavilions and all Albertsons family stores, and makes eating organic convenient and affordable.  Teaming up with great brands is one of the ways tvfgi keeps the delicious coming, and, as always, I appreciate your support.

The end of summer is filled with so many ‘lasts‘…the last ripe peach, the last great ear of corn, the last day of vacation, the last barbecue of the season…if you’re not careful it can become downright depressing!  The end of summer is also filled with lots on our to do lists.  Back to school, back to work, it gets so busy that I sometimes forget to drink it all in.  I even forgot to visit my farmer’s market this weekend, and that’s been a ritual all summer long.  Luckily I’ve got a Pavilions nearby and I was able to pick up everything I need for our family barbecue ~ hopefully it won’t be our last!

The produce section at Pavilions actually gave my farmers market a run for its money, I was able to find lots of color for my skewers, including purple bell and Japanese shishito peppers!  One stop shopping is so important when the schedule is filled up, and I always appreciate it when I don’t have to hunt down a stray ingredient.  In this case I wanted every color of the rainbow, and I got it.

After great produce, the other thing I look for in a grocery store is good quality meat and fish.  I am super picky about the chicken I buy, and I’ve gone way out of my way to buy the best.  I love that Pavilions’ O Organics® line has made buying organic affordable and convenient ~ I don’t have to make a special trip to a health food store, or spend my ‘whole paycheck’ ;)  My O Organics® Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts have been raised on vegetarian feed, with no added hormones or antibiotics.  I cut them in nice big chunks for my rosemary skewers.

TIP: The secret to great chicken on the grill is the marinade.  A marinade infuses flavor into the meat, and keeps it moist on the grill so it can cook through without drying out.  Even as little as 15 minutes will make a difference.

Do you ever go to the grocery store without a plan?   I do it all the time, I like to be spontaneous and open to new ideas. Today I found my inspiration in an unlikely place ~ the salad dressing aisle at my local Pavilions.  Signature SELECT™ Tzatziki Cucumber Dressing is perfect for marinating the chicken, and it can do double duty as a dipping sauce.  It’ll give my skewers a Mediterranean/Greek vibe that’s perfect for a sultry end of summer barbecue, and I don’t have to bother with making anything from scratch when I really want to be outside soaking up the last bit of summer.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can enjoy it all year round, even after you’ve put your grill to bed for the year.  I use my stove top grill pan, or even my broiler to get nice color on the skewers.  The wonderful woodsy flavor of rosemary really does flavor these skewers, so I recommend trying to track some down.

How to make rosemary skewers ~

  • Buy or cut long, sturdy stems of fresh rosemary.  (They don’t necessarily need to be straight, or long, so use what you can find and get creative.)
  • Soak the rosemary in cold water for an hour.  This helps prevent the herbs from burning on the grill.
  • Thread your meat and veggies onto the rosemary stems, starting at the BOTTOM.  The rosemary needles grow upward, so this way everything will glide on.  If necessary, pre-poke holes in your meat and veggies with a metal skewer to make threading easier.
  • Grill as normal.  The rosemary will get toasty and fragrant.
  • You don’t have to live in the South of France to grow your own rosemary, it’s a hardy evergreen that grows all over the US.  Here’s how.

TIP: If you don’t have a big rosemary bush in your yard, you can use regular metal skewers.  I suggest flat or twisted metal skewers to keep the food stable when you turn them, for even cooking and no rogue cherry tomatoes.

Serve these skewers over rice, couscous, quinoa, or low carb greens.  Allow 2 skewers per person.

I buy my O Organics and Open Nature products at my local Pavilions, but depending on where you live,  you can also find them at all Albertsons Companies grocery stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Safeway, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.

 Visit Pavilions.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep and recipe ideas.

Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Yield: makes 8 skewers

Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 packages of 2 O Organics Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (a pound to a pound and a quarter)
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Signature SELECT Tzatziki Cucumber Dressing
  • 8 sturdy sprigs of fresh rosemary, about 12 inches long
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into 1 inch rounds
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced into 1 inch rounds
  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, sliced into 1 inch rounds
  • about 8 small potatoes, pre-steamed or roasted
  • 2-3 bell peppers, assorted colors, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into even 1 1/2 inch chunks. Put them in a bowl or a zip lock baggie and toss with 1/2 cup of the tzatziki dressing. Make sure all of the chicken is coated, and add more dressing if necessary. Seal and refrigerate for an hour, or up to overnight.
  2. Soak the rosemary stems in cold water while you prep your ingredients.
  3. Thread the rosemary with the chicken and vegetables, starting at the bottom of the stem and threading upward. You can use a metal or wooden skewer to pierce holes in the chicken and veggies first to make it easier to get it onto the rosemary.
  4. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until the chicken id done through and registers 165F on an instant read thermometer.
  5. Serve right away, with more dressing on the side for dipping or drizzling.
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Make it your own ~

  • Use your favorite salad dressing for the marinade, it can be creamy or vinaigrette style.
  • Use skinless boneless thighs if you prefer dark meat.
  • You can make your own homemade tzatziki sauce for dipping,

 

Don’t forget to pin these Rosemary Chicken Skewers!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.

27 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I love the rosemary skewers for added flavor – these are just gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Kim Beaulieu
    August 19, 2017 at 12:10 am

    These are seriously gorgeous. I could eat these all day long. I’m going to try your trick of using metal or wood first the next time I try to make some with rosemary. My sister tried to teach me one day and I failed miserably. Ha!

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    tanya schroeder
    August 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I know what you mean, I keep thinking of all the things on our summer bucket list that we have to squeeze in before summer is over! I’ll for sure be grilling up the up these skewers. I just love how you used the rosemary.

  • Reply
    Erin
    August 18, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    These skewers are beautiful! What a perfect meal to grill.

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Rachel Cooks
    August 18, 2017 at 3:55 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    August 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    The ultimate summer meal!

  • Reply
    Joyce Gibson
    August 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Sue,
    I have a huge bush of Rosemary that I planted as a twig 2 years ago – that stuff really grows. The only thing I use it for is a ‘potato – gaarlic – onion – rosemary’ bake. Your scrumptious looking Rosemary twigs as skewers is a wonderful way to get that glorious rosemary taste! Thank you!
    =} Joyce

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I always love new chicken skewer recipes, so I can’t wait to try these!!

  • Reply
    Kankana
    August 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    You too are getting this feeling of, summer is slipping by ! I am making a list you know. More grilling is definitely on that and next weekend will try your version :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Sue! A perfect way to eat the rainbow :)

  • Reply
    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    August 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I am loving the beautiful colors in these skewers! The pictures are gorgeous! I can’t wait to try them :)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    August 14, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You make the pretties skewers Sue! I hope Pavilions makes it’s way to the East coast. It sounds like a wonderful place to shop!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

      You’ll find their partner stores in the East, Chris, here’s a list: Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Safeway, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway. When we lived in New England we shopped at Shaws and loved it!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 14, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I’m going in search of this chicken and dressing! Love these gorgeous skewers and that you used Rosemary to thread the ingredients. Such a great way to infuse flavor. I used to work for Albertsons as a grocery store clerk, many, many, many moons ago :) Actually was in one of the first new stores to get scanners instead of keying the price. Sheesh – you probably have readers that don’t know what I’m talking about haha. Great recipe! Sharing and pinning :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Oh wow, they were true innovators ~ where would we be without those scanners…probably still standing in line ! Thanks for stopping by Tricia :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 14, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I love how you play with colours! These skewers look awesome, Sue.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Angie, I couldn’t let the summer slip by without a few more skewers!

  • Reply
    Tom
    August 14, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I shop at my local Vons and I have to agree with you about the produce section, mind is really outstanding. Love these skewers, will give them a try this weekend.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Right? I’m amazed at what I find there.

  • Reply
    Edyta @ Innocent Delight
    August 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Great recipe (love the rosemary skewers!) and fantastic looking produce and products. I need to find them in my nearest store.

  • Reply
    Tina
    August 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

    The rosemary skewers a lovely, what a great idea!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I’ve been wanting to try this for so long, Tina, and I’m so glad I finally did, they were wonderful!

  • Reply
    Daniela
    August 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

    These look so colorful and delicious! I’ll definitely make them before summer ends.

  • Reply
    Katherine|Wanderspice
    August 14, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Rosemary grows like a weed where I live and we always have extra at home. We’ll put it to good use with this recipe later. Thx!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

      It grows so easily in so many different climates, but here in SoCal it grows like a weed, too, in fact, it’s one of the few plants that survived this drought we’re having! Hope you enjoy this Katherine :)

  • Reply
    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    August 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

    You know I had to stop by to check out this recipe! So good!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Suzy ~ it’s right up your alley!

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