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    These Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs are full of flavor, and so easy to make either on the grill or in the oven. Chicken and fresh summer vegetables are marinated in a light Mediterranean-style marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and spices, then grilled on skewers until golden brown. Delicious and healthy summer meal. 

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    Perfect weekend dinner for your next cookout – just add it to your summer dinner ideas! Whip up this flavorful Mediterranean marinade and marinate the chicken and veggies overnight. On the next day put them on a skewer and grill for about 10 minutes total. These grilled Mediterranean chicken kababs are so tender, juicy and flavorful – quick and delicious dinner! They remind me of my home country Bulgaria  – where the food is so fresh, flavorful and every meal is made from scratch. Mediterranean grilling is so tasty and healthy!

    Mediterranean Chicken Marinade

    This chicken marinade is light & delicious, perfect for grilling on weekends. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl, or directly in a large plastic food storage bag (where you will marinate the chicken). Pierce the chicken with fork several times, add to bag and coat with marinade. Place the bag in the fridge and marinate for at least 30 minutes for most flavorful meat. You will love this grilled chicken kabob marinade.Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs - chicken kebab receipe

    How To Make Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

    Marinate chicken, onion & bell pepper pieces in a Mediterranean chicken marinade in a ziplock bag. Place the bag in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Thread the chicken, onion, and bell pepper pieces onto skewers alternately. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place shish kabobs on the prepared grill, and cook for about 5 minutes on one side, and another 5 minutes on the other side, until the chicken is done.

    How Long Do I Cook Chicken Kebabs On The Grill

    As I mentioned above, I cook the chicken kebabs for about 10 minutes total. But I want to make a note that cooking time for chicken kabobs will depend on the temperature of your grill. Chicken skewers are cooked pretty quickly compared to whole chicken breasts because the chicken is cut into small pieces. So, once you put the chicken kabobs on the grill, watch them closely. You don’t want to burn the vegetables or the chicken.

    How Do I Know If Chicken Is Cooked

    If you don’t have a meat thermometer and are wondering if the chicken is done, an easy way to tell is to cut a piece of chicken and if the inside is white and there is no pink, then the chicken is done. Don’t overcook chicken, or it will be dry or worse – burnt. You want to get a nice golden color.

    Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

    What To Serve Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs With

    You can serve Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs with oven baked fries or potato salad, and a light salad like these – Tomato Cucumber and Avocado Salad or Greek Salad. For a Paleo option, you can also serve these grilled Mediterranean chicken skewers with cauliflower rice, sweet potato chips or fries. You can also make a simple Ceasar salad or another light lettuce salad.

    I also like to serve Tzaziki sauce along with this Mediterranean chicken recipe but if you are not a fan of it, you can skip it.

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    How To Cook Chicken Kabobs In The Oven

    You can also bake these Mediterranean chicken skewers in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place chicken skewers on racks over two foil-lined baking sheets and bake for about 10-15 minutes, turn over once and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes on the other side, or until they are baked through.

    These Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs are so tender and flavorful. Both chicken and veggies are marinated and the flavors are rich and savory!

    If you make these grilled Mediterranean chicken kebab recipe this summer, let me know how you like them. I would love to hear from you!

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    Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

    Juicy and flavorful Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices make for a light, delicious and easy dinner.
    Prep Time 40 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 55 minutes
    Servings 10 skewers
    Calories 228kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    Chicken Kebabs

    • 3 chicken fillets, cut in 1-inch cubes
    • 2 red bell peppers
    • 2 green bell peppers
    • 1 red onion

    Chicken Kebab marinade

    • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • juice of 1 lemon, divided
    • 6 clove of garlic, chopped, divided
    • 2 tsp paprika, divided
    • 2 tsp thyme, divided
    • 4 tsp oregano, divided
    • 4 tsp salt, divided
    • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Marinade

    • Mix 1/2 of all ingredients for the marinade in small bowl. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over it. Marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    • Mix the other HALF of the ingredients in the same bowl pour into a ziplock bag with the vegetables. Marinade for at least 30 minutes.
    • If you are using wood skewers, while the chicken and veggies are marinating, soak the skewers in water for about 15 minutes. You need to soak wooden skewers in water for about 20- 30 minutes to keep them from igniting right there on the grill. I have also noticed that it's much easier to slide out the meat and veggies on your plate if the skewers have been soaked before grilling.

    Chicken Kebabs

    • Thread the chicken and peppers and onions on the skewers. I usually place about 5-6 chicken pieces and a combo of peppers and onion in between.
    • Heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray the grates lightly with oil and grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the center is no longer pink.
    • You can also bake this Mediterranean chicken skewers in the oven if you want to. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place chicken skewers on roasting racks over two foil-lined baking sheets and bake for about 10-15 minutes, turn over once and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes on the other side, or until they are baked through.

    NOTES

    The nutrition label doesn't take into account that the marinade is discarded.

    NUTRITION

    Nutrition Facts
    Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs
    Amount Per Serving (126 g)
    Calories 228 Calories from Fat 154
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 17.1g26%
    Saturated Fat 2.9g15%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 14.2g
    Cholesterol 40mg13%
    Sodium 973mg41%
    Carbohydrates 5.6g2%
    Fiber 1.9g8%
    Sugar 2.6g3%
    Protein 14g28%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Mediterranean
    Keyword 4th of July, Gluten Free, Grilling, Low Carb, Low Fat, Paleo, Summer, Whole30

    Originally published on May 18th, 2015.

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    Comments

    Donna

    5 stars
    This has become my new favorite chicken marinade. I’ve made it with kebabs, and with veggies and rice on the stovetop, and it is outstanding every time. It’s easy to adjust to your own liking, as sometimes I don’t marinate the veggies, and I’ve substituted Italian seasoning for the thyme and oregano. You can’t mess it up and it is always delicious!

    Angela Taylor

    Hi,
    Want to make this weekend….. do you recommend fresh or dried herbs? Does it make a difference?
    Many thanks,
    Angela

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Angela, I used dried herbs. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

    Liz Sabbatini

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious – we made a big batch for friends on July 4th and it was outstanding. Love the idea of marinating the vegetables as well as the chicken. Keeping for future parties. Thank you.

    jenn

    5 stars
    Delicious! I’ve made this recipe twice now, and the only change I made was to add zucchini and mushrooms to the veggies–although I only had them marinate for five or ten minutes. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly, and I let the chicken and veggies marinate (separately) for about 5 hours. So tender, so good.

    Julee Nakamitsu

    I am preparing this ahead of time, can I marinate the chicken over night? I read through the comments but I didn’t see anyone who had done that. So thought I would ask as I don’t want the chicken breast messed up.

    Thank you!

    Julee

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Julee, yes, you can marinate the chicken overnight – this is even better! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    Rongie

    5 stars
    Hi Neli
    Ilove your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. This is the second time that i will cook this kebabs following ur recipe.thanks again

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      SO glad you like the kebabs, Rongie!! 🙂

    AB

    5 stars
    Perfect marinade! Easy, and complements the chicken without overpowering. I didn’t have time to marinate for 30 min and it still was delicious.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Brentlyhofer

    5 stars
    WOW!!! This is a very simple and easy recipe, but yet tastes amazing. I tried it and my taste-buds started crying was very tender, very tasty and most of all appealing. Anyway I recommend this recipe to anyone who loves a goo chicken meal. 100% 5 star rating for me.

    Lisa

    5 stars
    This recipe satisfies me to my core. Thank you. Made it several times. Ive tried marinating just the meat- dont do that- the vegies need the marinade too. I baked them and of course it turned out great.

    Jennifer

    5 stars
    Soooo good! Add some mushrooms and you will be blown away!

    MP

    5 stars
    I made this recipe for a BBQ last weekend, exactly as written, just doubled and with chicken breast (cubed). It was the BEST marinade I’ve ever made. Highly recommend. I’ve never left a review for a recipe before, but I just had to come on here and say it is SO good.

    Nancy

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was a hit with my 9,7 and 4 year old.
    We used Mexican green onions instead of the red onion.
    Thank you!

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Awesome!! So glad they all loved it!! 🙂

    Priyanka @Flavor Quotient

    5 stars
    Looks like a mouth-watering recipe! I will try it soon!

    Nicole

    5 stars
    This was seriously such a huge hit with my family — especially with my toddler! 😍 Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

    Debra

    5 stars
    My husband and I loved, Made half recipe on marinade. Veggies used were mushrooms ,zucchini,onion,yellow bell pepper.Paired with a baked sweet potato. Charcoal grill.Wonderful flavor! Printed! This one is a keeper.

    Emma Wooten

    I cooked these for my dad’s side of the family last night and they were SO GOOD!!! The meat was so tender and the marinade was perfect. I paired them with some pita bread and homemade hummus + a side salad. Even the 7 year old said “you should cook here more often!” Hahaha.

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