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Grilled Chicken Kabobs

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These Grilled Chicken Kabobs are flavorful, juicy & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with Mediterranean spices, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.

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Grilled Chicken Kabobs

There’s something just irresistible about food on a stick…especially grilled food on a stick that just escalates the flavor and fun factor of the food! I’ve been on a stick kick this summer from my grilled shrimp, to my Lebanese shish tawook and even grilled fruit! Food on a stick on a grill is the way to ride the summer heat. Here’s one more grilled food recipe for you this summer that you can sneak in while you’ve still got that grill fired up – it’s these juicy, tender grilled chicken kabobs!

Two grilled chicken kabob skewers on small pita bread on a plate topped with a lemon slice and fresh radishes.

Oh, I decided to go with a rainbow themed vegetables on the skewers too. Because too cute! If you’re not of a fan of peppers, you can use zucchini, squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, or even parboil potatoes!

Chopped colorful peppers and red onions with a knife

I used chicken thighs because they’re less likely to get dry when grilled. But you can substitute for boneless skinless chicken breast as well.

Chicken Kabobs marinating in the sauce

Then it’s time to marinate the chicken. The key to juicy chicken is marinating it for at least half an hour or even overnight if you have time. The longer you marinate it for, the stronger the flavors will become. You can marinate the chicken in a bowl or tupperware.

Or if you want to save time right before grilling, you can even marinate them on the skewers. If you do that, make sure to pour any leftover marinade on top of the skewers so the chicken really soaks up the juices. Also if you’re doing that, there’s no need to soak the skewers before grilling. All those juices will soak up the skewers plenty enough to avoid any grilling mishaps!

Raw chicken kabobs on a skewer with peppers and onions - 4 skewers total on a a white plate

When you’re ready to cook, you can cook these on an outdoor grill or indoor grill like I did. You can even broil them in the even until the chicken is cooked through.

Two grilled chicken kabobs on a grill pan

Tips For Making Grilled Chicken Kabobs 

  • If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, check for splinters on the skewers. If you see any, you can remove them by rolling two of them together in your hands or rubbing them over each other, as if you are sharpening a knife.
  • To avoid burning the wooden or bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 20 minutes. This keeps them moist and typically reduces the chance of them burning on the grill.
  • Large chunks of chicken and vegetables work best for grilling. Just be sure to secure everything well so they don’t fall through the grill grates. This is especially important if you’re using chicken thighs like I did and have long thin pieces.
  • For the best flavor and tenderness, I recommend that you marinate the chicken for 8 hours, or at least one hour if you’re strapped for time.
These Grilled Chicken Kabobs are flavorful, juicy & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with Mediterranean spices, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic,

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5 from 3 votes
These Grilled Chicken Kabobs are flavorful, juicy & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with Mediterranean spices, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic,
Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins

These Grilled Chicken Kabobs are flavorful, juicy & easy to make! The chicken is marinated with Mediterranean spices, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chicken Kabob, Grilled Chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into large bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large red onion cut into thick slices
  • bell peppers cut into thick slices
  • vegetable oil for greasing the grill
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the mixture and mix well to combine. Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.

  2. When ready to grill, thread the chicken onto wooden or metal skewers, being careful to fold any pieces that are long and thing. You can alternate the chicken with the onions and peppers, or group them together. Pour any leftover marinade on top of the chicken kabobs.

  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and grease the grill with vegetable oil

  4. Grill the chicken kabobs until fully cooked and golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Turn the skewers occasionally to allow for even cooking

  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and serve with hummus, rice or salad.

Recipe Notes
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3 days.
  • You can make the marinate the chicken up to 24 hours ahead of time. This will save you time if you're preparing many other dishes at once for a barbecue.
  • I used a variety of Mediterranean spices. If there are any you don't like or don't have, you can just add more of something else. I wouldn't leave out the olive oil, lemon juice or garlic though. 
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Amount Per Serving (1 skewer)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 250mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 13.8%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    September 10, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Juicy and easy to make

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