These Mediterranean Chicken Skewers are a family favourite at Sunday dinner. They’re also a top requested item for backyard BBQs with friends. The chicken is moist and flavourful, the veggies have a slight crunch and the pesto aioli makes life worth living.
They’re also a great make ahead item if you like to meal prep, are having people over or are going to a summer potluck. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Now if you’re looking for some delicious accompaniments or sides for the Mediterranean Chicken Skewers, I’ve gotcha covered.
Alright, let’s get real about this acne-fighting superstar – chicken!
We all know how colorful veggies, antioxidant-rich fruits, and wild salmon are getting all the love in the acne nutrition world. But hey, it’s time to give a big shout-out to the classic and ever-popular chicken! This fella is a real MVP that deserves its time in the spotlight, too.
So why should you make chicken a regular in your weekly recipe lineup? Here’s the lowdown:
Protein is like the superhero for your skin. It’s all about collagen, the magic stuff that keeps your skin elastic and firm. With a chicken-rich diet, you’re giving your skin the tools it needs to heal, repair, and kick acne inflammation to the curb.
Chicken is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your skin totally digs. We’re talking B vitamins (B6, B12, niacin), zinc, selenium, and iron. These little wonders are like a dream team for healthy skin and keeping those pesky breakouts at bay. B vitamins help control oily skin, while zinc and selenium bring out their anti-inflammatory powers to calm irritated skin.
Hold onto your hats for this one! If you go for pasture-raised chicken, you’ll score some serious omega-3 fatty acids. These babies are all about fighting inflammation, so they’ll tackle redness and swelling like pros. Say hello to happier skin!
Chicken also packs a punch with a powerful antioxidant called glutathione. It’s like a ninja warrior, taking down those nasty free radicals, pollutants, and toxins. And that means less stress for your skin, which is excellent news if you’re battling acne.
Now, let’s talk about the chicken showdown – pasture-raised vs. factory-farmed:
Picture this: pasture-raised chickens having a blast outdoors, pecking at insects, and munching on all sorts of natural goodies. That’s why their meat is loaded with more nutrients compared to the factory-farmed counterparts, who sadly get stuck in overcrowded spaces with an unnatural diet.
Factory-farmed chickens can’t compete when it comes to omega-3s. They’re fed a grain-based diet, which means their omega-3 levels are a bit lackluster. But those pasture-raised champs? They’re out there munching on grass and insects, making their omega-3 game strong and ready to tackle your skin issues.
Factory-farmed chickens are pumped with hormones and antibiotics, and nobody wants that in their system. It impacts your gut’s microbiome and hormonal balance, and that’s not good news for acne sufferers. Say goodbye to all that mess and opt for organic or pasture-raised chicken instead.
Factory-farmed chickens often accumulate toxins from their not-so-great living conditions and diets. Yuck! But pasture-raised chickens have got your back, with way fewer toxins lurking in their meat. It’s a safer choice for your precious skin!
So, there you have it – chicken can be a great dietary skin saviour! But remember, it’s not just about what you eat; it’s about what your food eats too. If it works for your budget, go for the good stuff, like high-quality and pasture-raised chicken. Your body (and skin!) will thank you for it.
I made the Mediterranean Chicken Skewers on our stove’s flat top grill. However, they can also be cooked on a BBQ. If you chose to BBQ, there are some tips you can use to lessen the Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs) created when grilling. Some studies suggest the HCAs created while grilling may cause certain cancers. There are some tips you can do to help reduce the risk of HCAs like: