Grilled Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs

During the summer, I love to have friends over for a cook out. So I’m always looking for easy recipes to make on the grill. This delicious lemon chicken shish kabobs recipe is one of my favorites!

Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs Recipe

Grilled Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs Recipe

These grilled lemon chicken shish kabobs are easy to make and have a ton of flavor.

Since they benefit from being marinated for a couple of hours, they do need to be made a little in advance, but I think they are worth the wait!

And being made in advance can work in your favor if you’re looking for a tasty finger food to serve for a party.

Chicken Shish Kabobs

Ingredients

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Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts work best

Oil: Any mild flavored oil will work, but I like to use olive oil

Acid: Lemon juice used in the marinade will help to keep the chicken breast tender.

Spices: Oregano, cumin, cilantro

Salt: I use fine sea salt.

Pepper: This recipe uses both black pepper and red pepper flakes.

Garlic: Mincing 2 fresh garlic cloves tastes best, but you can also use 2 teaspoons of pre-minced garlic

Supplies

To make the lemon chicken shish kabobs, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • a bowl large enough to hold the chicken, or a large ziploc bag
  • carving knife
  • 15 wooden skewers. Soaking the skewers in water for a few minutes will help to keep them from burning.
  • grilling basket (optional)

How To Make Grilled Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs

To start, chop the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.

To make sure the chicken cooks evenly, try to cut all the pieces about the same size.

Marinate the chicken in a bowl or plastic bag

Then mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl or ziploc bag.

Add the chicken to the bowl (or bag) and toss it until the chicken is coated with the marinade.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Thread the chicken onto skewers

Once the chicken has been marinated, thread 4 to 5 cubes of meat onto each of the wooden skewers.

Let the chicken warm to room temperature before cooking, about 30 minutes. This will help it to cook through evenly.

Chicken Shish Kabobs in a grilling basket

Placing the shish kabobs in a grilling basket will make managing all of the skewers easier.

Grill over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink inside, turning every 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve the chicken on the skewers for an easy to pick up finger food.

Chicken Shish Kabobs

Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 15 skewers
Calories: 109kcal
These lemon chicken shish kabobs are easy to make and have a ton of flavor.  Since they benefit from being marinated for a couple of hours, they do need to be made a little in advance, but I think they are worth the wait!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon  cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

To Marinate:

  • Mix all of the ingredients except for the chicken in a large bowl.
  • Chop the chicken into 1" squares.
  • Add the chicken to the marinade.
  • Mix to coat the chicken.
  • Cover the chicken and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.

To Cook:

  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the grill to medium high (or turn on the broiler if you are going to cook them in the oven).
  • Thread the chicken on to skewers.  
  • Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink inside, turning every 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve with the skewers for an easy to pick up finger food. Or remove them from the skewers to serve over rice.

Notes

To prevent the wooden skewers from burning, soak them in water for a few minutes before putting the chicken on them.
 
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Shish Kabobs
Amount Per Serving (1 skewer)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.4g8%
Cholesterol 44.2mg15%
Sodium 123.7mg5%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 13.7g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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