Grilled Chicken Kabob With Spicy Garlic Baste

1 cup.

2 Whole chicken breasts, boned and skinned
Spicy Garlic Baste (recipe follows)
1/2 pound Zucchini, halved lengthwise then thickly sliced
1/2 pound Crookneck squash, chunked
1 Large tomato, seeds drained, diced
1/2 cup Whole, shelled, natural American pistachios, coarsely
2 teaspoons Vegetable oil
Cooling Yogurt Mint Sauce (recipe follows)
4 cups Hot cooked rice


Cube chicken, thread on skewers then brush with Spicy Garlic Baste until well coated. Barbecue over medium-hot coals or broil 3-inches from heat for about 8 minutes, or until done. (Don't overcook!) Turn and brush with marinade about halfway through. Meanwhile, heat oil in skillet over high heat. Add two kinds of squash and stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat and add tomato, pistachios and remaining Garlic Baste. Stir-cook until hot and tender, about 2 minutes more. Turn onto platter and lay skewers on top. Serve with Cooling Yogurt Mint Sauce.
Note: If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for 15 minutes prior to threading.
Spicy Garlic Baste: Combine 6 teaspoons minced garlic with 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons bottled red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup bottled fat-free vinaigrette or Italian dressing.
Cooling Yogurt Mint Sauce: Combine 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel and 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint.

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According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

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