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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. 

    Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs - marinade chicken kabobs

    Perfect weekend dinner for your next cookout – just add it to your summer dinner ideas! Whip up this flavorful Mediterranean chicken kebab 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!

    Origin of Shish Kebab

    In my home country, we call meat grilled on skewers “shish kebab”. But the term actually comes from Turkey and it means “gobbets of meat roasted on a skewer”. Also, it has a history connected to war – it’s believed that Turkish soldiers grilled meat on their swords over an open fire during the invasion of some Mediterranean regions. This is how the name stuck and has become a part of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

    The variety of kebabs you can make are endless – chicken, lamb, beef, pork, veal. But no matter what kebab you make, cooking your food on a stick is a fun and fast way to put together a delicious meal.

    Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Marinade

    Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs - chicken kebab receipe

    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 a 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.

    How To Make Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

    Marinate chicken, onion & bell pepper pieces in a Mediterranean chicken skewer 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 chicken shish kebabs 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

    The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature has reached 165 F. 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 the chicken, otherwise, it will become dry or worse – burnt. You want to get a nice golden color.

    Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

    What To Serve With Chicken Kebabs

    And don’t forget to make a Homemade Lemonade – so much better than store-bought.

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    Recipe Tips & Notes

    • If you are using wood skewers, soak them in water 30 minutes prior to threading the chicken onto the skewers.
    • If you are using metal skewers, make sure not to touch them as they will be hot. Use tongs to move them to a serving platter.
    • Make sure you marinate the chicken. 30 minutes to 1 hour is enough. It will make it juicy and flavorful! Don’t skip this step.

    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


    Chicken Kebabs

    Chicken Kebab 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.


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


    Serving: 126g | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 973mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 2.6g
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Mediterranean

    Originally published on May 18th, 2015.

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    5 stars
    This was fantastic! I cooked this with some marinated veggie kabobs. My husband and father loved the chicken. Unfortunately I couldn’t find my thyme spice so I omitted it. I added red pepper flakes for an added kick. So good


    5 stars
    Excellent recipe, great flavors! My family loved it! I had to grill the skewers 5 minutes on all 4 sides (20 min) to get the chicken done (maybe my grill top wasnt hot enough?), but the chicken was still tender and delicious. I served it with white rice, a greek salad and pita bread.

    Claudia Lamascolo

    5 stars
    This really makes me wish its was summer now again. I just love the flavors on these kebabs and believe it or not Florida is cold for me right now so I will be saving this one for warmer time!


    Hi. How many kebabs would the 228 calories be, roughly?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      That should be for 1 chicken kebab.


    5 stars
    I made this today in the oven and it was delicious! I served it with spicy tzatziki and a cucumber-tomato salad. Thanks for the great recipe!


    5 stars
    I didnโ€™t watch the video until after I prepped everything. Would suggest directions to indicate to chop the garlic. I just crushed and put in the marinade. It came fine though.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you! I updated the recipe card.


    5 stars
    I chose this recipe because I didn’t have a lot of time and didn’t want to shop for ingredients I didn’t have. Luckily it was winner. Simple AND delicious. Loved by all. I will definitely make this again.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Jodi! So glad everyone loved the recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Natalie Everett

    5 stars
    I made the grilled Mediterranean chicken kebobs tonight. Delicious! My mom and my house guest both enjoyed the kebobs with grilled asparagus and grilled corn on the cob. I doubled the recipe and I am so glad I did. The seasonings in the marinade are perfect for people who like a tiny bit of exotic flavoring but not too spicy. I will definitely make these again.


    5 stars
    At the risk of sounding redundant, I had to come back and comment on your kabob recipe. These were the most flavorful kabobs I’ve ever prepared (and I am a pretty good cook..) I can’t say what put your recipe over the top, but it’s definitely a keeper.

    Thanks for sharing!


    5 stars
    Perfect for summer grilling!

    Crystal Faulkner

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this. Thank you for this recipe!

    Jennifer Salter

    You can’t go wrong with chicken kebabs! These look delish and I bet even my pickier eater of a husband will like this recipe!

    Peggy Sugar

    Do you chop or mince the garlic cloves, or just throw them in the marinade whole?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      hi Peggy, you can either chop or mince the garlic cloves.

    Linda T

    5 stars
    I was looking for a flavorful easy recipe to make as I am on a low iodine diet for preparation for Radio Active Iodine therapy next week. This fit the bill perfectly. The thing I had to do was make sure my salt was non iodized. Super easy and very flavorful. And reheated well in the microwave. I will put this in my regular rotation even after I am done this diet.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Great! So glad you liked it, Linda! Hope your therapy goes well next week!

    penny deVries

    5 stars
    The few recipes I’ve look at look amazing. However, the amount of ads that pop up is ridiculous. Is there anyway to block them? Also, I cannot find the tzaziki sauce recipe.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Penny, I am glad to hear that you like the recipes you have seen! ๐Ÿ™‚ In order to keep this website free for my readers and continue to provide free content, I have to keep the ads because they help me cover the basic expenses necessary to run this blog & publish free content. I hope you stick around and find some delicious recipes you and your family will enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚
      The tzatziki sauce will be published later this week.

        Penny de Vries

        Awesome. I look forward to making these kabobs.


    These look delicious and I am making them for a holiday gathering. Are the spice measurements for dried or fresh? Thanks so much.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Chris! Glad you like them! I used dried spices. Except for the garlic, I used 6 cloves garlic. Hope you enjoy it and have a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚


    These look soooooo yammy!!! Love anything grilled!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      They sure are very delicious! Thanks for stopping by, Luba! ๐Ÿ™‚


    5 stars
    Wow! What a giveaway! I entered!!

    And these kebabs are a classic example of DELICIOUS meets HEALTHY!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      They sure are! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much, Nagi!

    Carol Borchardt

    Love Mediterranean anything and these look and sound so tasty! Always looking for a new kebab idea!

    Christine | No Gojis, No Glory

    No need to twist my arm to try these. They look (and sound) amazing Neli! Cooking from scratch takes some extra planning, but it’s always worth it.

    Amy Basso

    These look so fresh and delicious, I literally want to grab them out of the picture and eat them ๐Ÿ™‚

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      You are welcome to have as much as you want to. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Amy!


    I love Mediterranean flavors and eating off of a stick is always more fun! These look fantastic!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Marcie! yes, this Mediterranean flavor is really fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Manali @ CookWithManali

    Even though I’m a vegetarian, the kebabs look mouthwatering! Yum! and what an awesome giveaway!!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Manali! That makes me happy that even a vegetarian likes this recipe. Yes, it’s an awesome giveaway for 3 happy readers! ๐Ÿ™‚


    These look like the best, freshest kebabs out there. I always want them too right around now, when BBQ season gets going. They’re seriously tempting!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Tempting indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Mir!

    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

    These chicken kebabs looks so flavorful and delicious! Love all the spices you added! It sounds perfect for the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Kelly! yes, they are very flavorful and tender. Marinating them makes all the difference. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    These chicken kebabs are perfect for summer and for barbecues! Plus, they are pretty healthy for you too!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yes, grilled kebabs in the summer are the best! ๐Ÿ™‚


    5 stars
    Kebabs are not only fun and colorful but also fun to eat. I love all the flavors in your marinade, delicious recipe.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Janette! yes, the marinade is the star of this dish! ๐Ÿ™‚ It adds great flavor to boring chicken breasts.

    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Beautiful summer dish! I am a HUGE fan (addict) of grilled chicken!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks Rebecca! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christine Oh

    That looks sooo good and healthy!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks Christine! Glad you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Delicious Meets Healthy

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