Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BBQ Pesto Chicken w/Veggies

I was invited Monday night to a "girls" dinner with a friend. I was hesitant to go. It was a group of people I didn't know and I am never super eager to do things like that. But, I went. I figured it would be good for me (and Skylar) to go be around other moms and kids. And I am super glad I did go. This group of girls started doing a monthly thing where they all get together at someone's house. Whoever is hosting cooks a meal, from scratch and gives the recipe. And it rotates. It is a night each month that these ladies get to look forward to. Enjoy some company, get the kiddos together, and eat something new.

I am so glad that I went. These ladies were fun. While they were different from my close friends, they were still great girls and the kids fun to be around. The best part, the FOOD! The hostess cooked this pasta salad, did a BBQ pesto chicken with veggies and made dessert. I was floored. She not only had a six month old, but works as well. That was when it hit me that I need to be a better wife and cook better meals. Oh!!!! The dessert she made...strawberry cream pie. Ugh, it was phenomenal! The time I spent, although just a couple hours, was great. I walked out of there refreshed and feeling great. And I was certain I wanted to recreate that meal on my own.

And that is what I did tonight. But just the chicken part. It is super easy. All you need is some chicken (the hostess used chicken with bones, I used breasts), roma tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell pepper and pesto. I didn't have time to make the pesto, so I bought it.

The yummy looking veggies after being washed. I have to say that I never eat squash or zucchini, but the way this turns out, I love them both!
I then sliced all of them up.
I then trimmed all the grossness off the chicken. I am super picky about that. Then I cut up enough pieces of tin foil for the amount of chicken I was making.
You place a piece of chicken on the tin foil, put 2 tablespoons of pesto on it, and place the veggies on it as well. Then you fold the tin foil over and seal the edges. Be sure to leave some room for expansion. Just place on the BBQ on medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut into.
Once it is done, you just place the packet on the plate, open it up, and eat. This is what it looks like taken out of the tin foil. Doesn't look super pretty, but I will tell you all, it was super good! Definitely worth eating two nights in a row!!!!!!
If any of you try this, please let me know what you think of it. I'm totally excited that I tried something new and what a great way to eat veggies that I normally wouldn't.

1 comment:

Jiff said...

I'll have to try this. Hubby is a meat and potatoes man and doesn't like a lot of foods, so this may be good. :)