Incredibly Easy Chicken Kabobs

LAST UPDATED: Sep 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 15, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Get all the details on the juiciest chicken kabob recipe you’ve ever tasted! This chicken kabob marinade results in a healthy, vibrant summertime favorite for the grill or beyond.

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Chicken Kabobs are a classic for your summer grilling line-up! They are bursting with flavor and such a flexible, healthy way to create a dinner your entire family will love.

Like so many families, we love throwing something fast and easy on the grill in the summer. I especially love when it’s something I can put together ahead of time, knowing that I’d rather spend my time on more valuable things at this time of year!

Some of my favorite easy grilling recipes include this classic beer can chicken, delicious bacon and blue cheese burgers, bratwursts, and even pizza on the grill! So many can’t-miss family faves to check out!

A white platter full of chicken kabobs on the grill, placed on a marble surface.

Enter these juicy and flavorful chicken skewers. Luckily, the girls love these chicken kabobs on the grill as much as we do! We like to fill them with individual favorites, and everyone gets what they want with zero complaints- what’s not to love?

This chicken kabob recipe can be made on the grill, in the oven or stove top! It’s completely up to you!

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Why You’ll Love these Delicious Chicken Skewers

There’s so many reasons to add chicken kabobs to your summer grilling repertoire! They are the ultimate healthy protein. Chicken is light and lean and ideal for a variety of healthy lifestyles.

In fact, this chicken kabob recipe is easily made keto friendly, low carb, and gluten free! It fits right into a Whole 30 lifestyle, too. *Simply eliminate the pineapple juice for a sugar free marinade!

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Kabobs cook quickly and they are the easiest way to get a perfectly-portioned combo of protein and veggies all at once.

If you’re entertaining, you can customize individual skewers with additions that suit everyone’s favorite flavor profiles. They are basically the PERFECT summertime dinner!

Psst… if you love easy chicken dinners, don’t miss my delicious lemon pepper chicken recipe! Such an easy baked chicken dinner the whole family will love!

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

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What You Need to Make Chicken Kabobs

  • Chicken – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boneless thighs or tenders cut into 1″ pieces.
  • Oil – Any type of oil will work but I generally reach for extra virgin olive oil first! It’s full of antioxidants and vitamins, with a moderately high smoke point- perfect for grilling!
  • Skewers – Use metal skewers or bamboo skewers soaked in water for 15+ minutes to prevent burning.
A white baking dish filled with bamboo chicken skewers, on a marble surface.

Optional

VeggiesBell Peppers in a variety of colors (red, orange, yellow, green), onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, potatoes.

Fruit – Pineapple! It pairs incredibly well with chicken and adds refreshing sweet summer flavor.

The Best Chicken Kabob Marinade

Marinating your kabobs is completely optional, but highly recommended. It creates the juiciest, most flavorful chicken – and with very little effort!

A kitchen counter with ingredients for a chicken kabob marinade, whole pineapple to the side.

*I like to marinate the chicken by itself in a container overnight, vs marinating the skewers after they are put together!

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Paprika
  • Garlic
  • Pepper

Optional

  • Honey
  • Soy

You can marinate chicken for as little as an hour or up to eight hours (refrigerated, covered). The longer your marinate, the more it will soak up all the amazing flavors!

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Seasoning and Marinade Options

Season, marinate or even do a little of both – your choice! Either way these chicken kabobs will be juicy and flavorful!

Seasonings to Try

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How to Make Chicken Kabobs on the Grill

  1. Marinate – Combine chicken kabob marinade ingredients in casserole dish. Add chicken and allow to marinate 1+ hour, up to 8 hours refrigerated, covered. A white dish filled with chicken marinating in a chicken kabob marinade.
  2. Assemble Skewers – Add chicken and optional vegetables and fruit to skewers leaving room to handle. A white dish filled with bamboo skewers soaking in water.White dishes filled with chicken kabob recipe ingredients and a dish of chicken kabob marinade.
  3. Grill – Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush olive oil onto the grate. Brush vegetables with olive oil. Add skewers to grill. Cook 7 minutes and rotate. Cook 7 additional minutes or until juices run clear.
  4. Rest – Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving warm. This helps seal in the moisture for the juiciest chicken!A white platter full of chicken kabobs on a marble surface.

On the Stovetop

  1. Marinate – Combine chicken kabob marinade ingredients in casserole dish. Add chicken and allow to marinate 1+ hour, up to 8 hours refrigerated, covered.
  2. Prep – Preheat cast iron grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush with olive oil.
  3. Grill – Add skewers. Brush veggies with olive oil. Cook 7 minutes and rotate. Cook 7 additional minutes or until juices run clear.
  4. Rest – Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving warm. This helps seal in the moisture for the juiciest chicken!

In the Oven

  1. Marinate – Combine ingredients for chicken marinade in casserole dish. Add chicken and allow to marinate 1+ hour, up to 4 hours refrigerated, covered.
  2. Prep – Preheat oven to broil at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line sheet pan with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  3. Assemble Skewers – Add chicken, fruits and veggies on skewers. Place on sheet pan.
  4. Broil – Broil 10 minutes. Rotate and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Check a piece on the middle of a skewer to ensure it’s thoroughly cooked.
  5. Rest – Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes. Serve warm.
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Tips

  • Soak your Skewers – if you’re using bamboo skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water for about 30 minutes. This moisture will prevent them from catching fire on the grill!
  • Cut Large Pieces – Chicken shrinks as it cooks. Cut large enough chunks that they will stay on the skewers.
  • Space – Space chicken out on skewers to allow it to cook thoroughly. You can also do meat and veggies on separate skewers if you prefer.
  • Oil the Grate – Brushing the grate with oil not only creates those beautiful grill marks, but it also prevents the chicken from sticking to the grill.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days refrigerated.
  • Freeze – You can absolutely freeze your cooked kabobs and use the chicken and veggies down the road (bag them well and they should last up to six months in the freezer.)

You can actually flash freeze and then store your chicken kabobs so you have a fast and easy grill night ANY time! Make them ahead as directed, flash freeze while on a tray, and then bag for the freezer. You can take them directly from freezer to grill, turning and cooking for approximately 15 minutes. So easy!

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Chicken Kabobs

Julie Blanner
Get all the details on the juiciest chicken kabob recipe you've ever tasted! This chicken kabob marinade results in a healthy, vibrant summertime favorite for the grill or beyond.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, thighs or tenders
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Chicken Kabob Marinade

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Marinate – Combine chicken kabob marinade ingredients in casserole dish. Add chicken and allow to marinate 1+ hour, up to 8 hours refrigerated, covered.
  • Assemble Skewers – Add chicken and optional vegetables and fruit to skewers leaving room to handle.
  • Grill – Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush olive oil onto the grate. Brush vegetables with olive oil. Add skewers to grill. Cook 7 minutes and rotate. Cook 7 additional minutes or until juices run clear.
  • Rest – Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes before serving warm. This helps seal in the moisture for the juiciest chicken!

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Notes

How to Make Kabobs On the Stovetop

  1. Preheat cast iron grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush with olive oil.
  2. Add skewers to grill. Brush veggies with olive oil. Cook 7 minutes and rotate. Cook 7 additional minutes or until juices run clear.
  3. Allow chicken to rest 10 minutes.

How to Make Chicken Kabobs in the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to broil at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line sheet pan with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add chicken, fruits and veggies on skewers. Place on sheet pan.
  3. Broil 10 minutes. Rotate and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Check a piece on the middle of a skewer to ensure it’s thoroughly cooked.
  4. Allow chicken to rest 10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories:190kcalCarbohydrates:8gProtein:25gFat:7gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:73mgSodium:133mgPotassium:516mgFiber:1gSugar:4gVitamin A:280IUVitamin C:23mgCalcium:16mgIron:1mg
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