Peach & Chicken Kabobs

I cannot believe that summer is nearly over!  I’m seriously pinching myself that we’re already into September and that sweater-football-and-nights-by-the-fireplace season is just around the corner.

However, as always seems to be the case with our crazy midwest weather, today was nearly 100 degrees again.  So to celebrate some of the few crazy-hot days remaining, I decided to grill up these peach and chicken kabobs tonight for a dinner with friends.  They were super simple and easy to make on the grill pan (in my little loft), although I’m sure they would be even better cooked up outside on a grill.  I loaded mine up with some farmers market veggies and some ripe local peaches, and then chose to go with a very light marinade to let the flavors shine through.

Served up with some couscous, these kabobs made a wonderful main dish!  I’m pretty sure we all went back for seconds (and a few thirds), and just loved the freshness along the way.  I need to remember to make kabobs more often — such a simple, versatile meal.  Definitely perfect for celebrating the end to a wonderful summer!

Peach & Chicken Kabobs

A delicious, simple recipe for Peach & Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of half a lemon
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 small zucchini, cut into ½-inch rounds
1 large red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 small white onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (8 oz.) carton button or baby bella mushrooms, halved
3 ripe peaches, cut into ½-inch slices
wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 5 minutes (to prevent burning)

Directions:

Whisk together first six ingredients (vinegar through lemon juice) in a small bowl to make the marinade. Set aside.

Prepare the kabobs by randomly threading the chicken, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms and peaches onto the wooden skewers. Lay them out on a foil-covered baking sheet or in a large baking pan, and then drizzle evenly with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours, turning partway through to coat more of the kabobs with the marinade.

Heat the grill or grill pan to high. Cook the kabobs, turning every minute or two, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink inside. (Cooking times will vary based on the size of your chicken pieces, but mine took about 8-10 minutes.) Remove kabobs from grill and serve over couscous.

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  1. Nancy/SpicieFoodie — September 4, 2012 @ 7:56 am (#)

    Hi Ali,

    I too can’t believe that summer is nearly over. But with that kind of weather maybe you can hold on to it a little longer. These kabobs are a great way of doing so. Love the sweet and savory combination. Sounds delish!

  2. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 4, 2012 @ 8:33 am (#)

    Love the combination of the juicy peaches with the chicken. Our weather here in Buffalo is the same as you so its perfect to still be outside grilling and enjoying these end of summer flavors!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 4, 2012 @ 9:07 am (#)

    These look so easy and yummy–throw ‘em on the grill, serve it over rice… perfect!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 4, 2012 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I love kabobs, these look amazing!!

  5. Sues — September 4, 2012 @ 10:23 am (#)

    I love peaches in savory dishes and this one is so pretty and delicious-sounding!

    It’s gloomy and rainy here today; I guess summer IS over :(

  6. Kathryn — September 4, 2012 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Such a lovely combination of flavours!

  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 4, 2012 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Just when I thought I’ve had just about every chicken + fruit combination ever.. (chicken and mangoes… try it!!!), I realize that I’ve never had peaches on a kabob with chicken before. Quite surprising because peaches are my favorite summertime fruit. I will miss them when the fall comes!

  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 4, 2012 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    It’s been so hot here in LA too! I definitely need to make these kabobs – I haven’t made them in forever! And I’ve never added peaches either so this is going to be epic :)

  9. Jackie @ The Beeroness — September 4, 2012 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    Beautiful! I’m going to miss grilled produce so much! I’ll console myself with some pumpkin pie and hot chocolate ;)

  10. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 4, 2012 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    As much as I love summer foods, I am looking forward to the flavors of fall! These kabobs look amazing! I love the addition of the peaches!

  11. kelley — September 5, 2012 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    These are absolutely gorgeous. I have some peaches on the counter and chicken in the fridge. Hope to make these before the weeks up!

  12. Cristine — September 6, 2012 @ 1:14 am (#)

    Things look amazing! ❤