Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers: A Gluten-Free Meal for the Grill

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Summertime in New Zealand is the perfect time for barbeques and outdoor grilling. Many people who follow a gluten-free diet struggle to find enjoyable and healthy grilled meal recipes. Thankfully, grilled chicken and vegetable skewers are an easy and delicious way to enjoy a gluten-free meal from the grill.

A Healthy and Delicious Alternative

Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers are an excellent, high-protein alternative to traditional grilled burgers and hot dogs. Using chicken and vegetables as the main ingredients is not only healthy, but can essentially be made gluten-free by avoiding marinades and sauces that contain gluten. The addition of some aromatic herbs and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil can give the skewers a delicious and savory flavor.

Making Gluten-Free Skewers

When making gluten-free skewers, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients and seasonings used. The following steps provide a simple guide for making delicious gluten-free skewers:

  • Chop the chicken into cubes and combine it with vegetables of your choice. For example, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes all make great additions.
  • Place the skewer ingredients into a bowl and cover them with seasoning of your choice. You can use your favorite salt-free seasoning blend, or you can use fresh herbs such as rosemary, oregano, and basil.
  • Mix the ingredients together and let them marinate for at least two hours. This will give the skewers a tasty flavor that can’t be achieved by just adding a seasoning blend.
  • Make sure to use a gluten-free marinade or seasoning blend.
  • Once the ingredients are marinated, assemble the skewers by alternating pieces of chicken and vegetables.
  • Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 8–10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with extra-virgin olive oil and herbs, if desired.

Serving Suggestions

Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers can be served with a wide variety of side dishes to make a complete and filling meal. Some ideas for gluten-free sides include a simple green salad, roasted potatoes, or grilled corn on the cob. For those looking for a healthier alternative to potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes or squash are excellent options. Rice and quinoa are also great starch options for those on a gluten-free diet. In addition, gluten-free buns or hamburger buns can be used to make sandwiches out of the skewers.

Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers are a perfect meal for anyone looking to enjoy a healthy and gluten-free meal from the grill. With the right ingredients and seasonings, you can create a quick and delicious meal that can be enjoyed by the whole family.