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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 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
    Keyword 4th of July, Gluten Free, Grilling, Low Carb, Low Fat, Paleo, Summer, Whole30

    Originally published on May 18th, 2015.

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    5 stars
    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! I definitely cook it again and again!


    5 stars
    It’s worth a try! So yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe!


    5 stars
    This was so good! I copied the idea to make a platter. My family loved it. The flavor of the chicken is very good.


    5 stars
    Gorgeously delicious! One of our favorites!


    5 stars
    These were super easy to make and very delicious! I didn’t have enough bell peppers but I used mushrooms, and they were soooooo tasty! I totally recommend adding them!

    Melody C.

    5 stars
    AAAAAAaaaaaammmmmazzzzing!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, so glad I found it. The flavor is perfection.


    5 stars
    I made these chicken skewers for my daughter’s birthday, and everyone was raving over how delicious they were! I will definitely be making these again!


    5 stars
    Bonjour !

    Je cherchais une recette différente et légère pour mes poitrines de poulet. Votre recette semblait correspondre à mes critères. Je n’ai pas été déçu, cette marinade est excellente ! C’est certain que je la referai avec plaisir.


    5 stars
    I made this for the first time today and I can’t express how incredible it tasted. This recipe is one of my new favorites and will certainly be at the top of my list. The meal was easy to fix. My only deviation was I let the ingredients marinade overnight. Thanks again, it was excellent!


    5 stars
    Amazing, everyone loved them and very easy to make.


    5 stars
    Fantastic! Flavourful, tender chicken!! We marinated only our chicken pieces, but for an entire afternoon, and the results were very yummy!! We threaded the kabobs with zucchini and red pepper seasoned with salt/pepper and mango – the sweetness of the mango was a lovely addition! We will use your marinade again for future recipes!!


    Super easy to make and packed with flavor! These have been on the menu at least twice a month in my house and the picky eater asks for them all the time. This is a perfect pantry staple recipe!


    5 stars


    5 stars
    Very delicious marinade. So easy to make and the taste. Amazing. Recommend to all.


    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

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

      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.


    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!


      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

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


    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!! 🙂

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