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Pesto Chicken Kabobs on the Grill with Mascarpone Dipping Sauce

If you are using your grill all summer long like we are, we have lots of delicious ideas for summer skewer grilling including grilled Brussels sprouts, and easy barbecue chicken skewers.  Now we show you how to make pesto chicken kabobs on the grill with a delicious mascarpone dipping sauce.

pesto chicken kabobs cooked on the grill with mascarpone dipping sauce in small bowls

Pesto chicken kabobs on the grill

These pesto chicken kabobs are so easy to make.

Serving: Our recipe made 16 chicken skewers using four large chicken breasts.


  • Chicken breast
  • Pesto

You only need two ingredients to make these delicious summer skewers. Whether you make fresh pesto or use a jar, we divided 6.7 ounces in half to make our recipe. You will need half for the skewers, and the other half for the dipping sauce.

chicken threaded onto wood skewers to cook on the grill


Soak the wood skewers in a bowl of water before using them. They need at least 30 minutes of soaking, but you can soak them overnight. We normally do ours for about 3 hours.

Cut the chicken breasts into long thin strips and carefully thread them onto the skewers.

Heat the grill and lightly cook the chicken on each side for a couple of minutes before you add the pesto, and then grill them for a few more minutes until cooked through.

chicken kabobs being brushed with pesto and cooked on the grill

Garnish your chicken skewers with fresh basil before serving.

Mascarpone dipping sauce

mascarpone dipping sauce made with pesto and lemon

Serving: This recipe makes 4-5 small dipping sauce bowls


  • Mascarpone
  • Pesto
  • Lemon


Combine the mascarpone, pesto, and lemon in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove until heated through. Pour the dipping sauce into individual bowls for serving.

Serve your chicken kabobs and mascarpone sauce with fresh salad and corn cooked on the grill. This delicious summer meal is perfect for a backyard dinner for your family or entertaining guests.

a tray of chicken kabobs with mascarpone dipping sauce

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Pesto Chicken Kabobs with Mascarpone Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
3 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins

These pesto chicken kabobs are cooked on the grill and served with a delicious mascarpone dipping sauce.

Keyword: dipping sauce, kabobs on the grill
Servings: 5 people
Author: Tonya Staab
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 6.7 oz jar of pesto
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 1 lemon
  • fresh basil for garnish
  1. Soak the skewers for at least 3 hours. Toward the end of soaking prepare the ingredients and heat the grill.

  2. Slice the chicken into thin strips and thread them onto the soaked skewers.

  3. Divide the jar of pesto in half. You will need half to brush onto the chicken. The other half will be used in the dipping sauce.

  4. Grill the chicken skewers for 2 minutes on each side before brushing the pesto over the top, and then continue grilled for another few minutes on each side.

  5. Over medium heat in a small saucepan heat the mascarpone, remaining pesto, and the juice from half a lemon, stirring continuously until heated through and combined. Pour the sauce into individual dishes.

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