Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs

This recipe may look familiar, because I posted it before in the very early months of my blog.  I decided to give it a little revamp because it’s still a favorite meal in our house.  Also, I recently discovered that the combination of these kabobs plus tzatziki sauce is aaah-mazing.  The chicken is quite delicious on its own, but I think tzatziki sauce makes almost everything better.  So in case you have a fantastic meal of chicken gyros and you have leftover tzatziki sauce, don’t let it go to waste.  This quick, simple marinade makes for moist and flavorful chicken and a meal that comes together in no time.

Sometimes I grill veggie kabobs to go alongside the chicken, but this time around I opted for cherry tomato salad.  If you do decide to make veggie kabobs, it is easiest to put the veggies on separate skewers from the chicken pieces so that each can cook separately and the correct grilling time doesn’t have to be a balancing act.  Now that grilling season is getting into gear, this is a staple you’ll be glad to have in your repertoire.

Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs
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3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch pieces

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix to coat with the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

Prepare a medium fire in a grill.  If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes before use.

Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and discard the excess marinade.  Lightly oil the grill grates.  Place the kabobs on the grill, cover, and cook until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 8-12 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking.  Transfer to a warmed platter and serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Williams Sonoma

26 Responses

  1. This is *so* going on my “must make” list!

    I think you’re right about tzatziki sauce. I was just thinking a few days ago…what ELSE can I put this on?!?!?

  2. Garlic + lemon + chicken + grilling — sounds like a great, easy combo. Yum!

  3. “it’s still a favorite meal in our house” no wonder why. It looks delicious .

  4. My husband and I made these for our baby shower on Saturday and people RAVED about them. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I made the kabobs a few weeks ago…I’m going to have to make them again with the tzatziki sauce!

  6. Well you know I’m game if you’re doing anything with a grill. Nice looking kabobs, perfectly done.

  7. mmm so yummy 🙂 with a cream sauce it will be great 🙂

  8. This looks like a great summer meal! Do you think we they could be grilled on a George Foreman grill? I live in a high-rise building and do not have access to an outdoor grill.

    • Melissa,
      I don’t really know, I have never used a Foreman grill. You could certainly try it!

  9. Ohhh yum! Two of my favorite things… together! Gotta try this!

  10. There must be something in the air because I made pretty much this exact dish last night, but with lime rather than lemon! Its a great summer time dish! Your looks delicious, I’m jealous of the browned skewers, my fire lost its power and I didn’t get the browning I was hoping for. You’re look amazing!

  11. These look so yummy! They are on the list for dinner next week! I made your spaghetti and meatballs tonight and my husband said the sauce recipe is a keeper! Thank so much Annie!

  12. These remind me of many meals I enjoyed when I was in Greece last year! yum!

  13. These kabobs remind me of many meals I enjoyed when I visited Greece last year. Yum!

  14. This looks like such a great summertime meal! I have been meaning to make tzatziki for months now…I think it’s finally time!

  15. its because tzatziki sauce DOES make everything taste better!!

  16. Be still my heart. Chicken kabobs marinated in Grecian deliciousness and topped w/ tzatziki deliciousness is a FAVORITE of mine. No joke. Especially on some yummy pita bread. nom nom nom nom

  17. Yay, thanks for this! I have a half a bag of chicken tenderloins in the freezer. I have already made chicken strips and wanted something different. But I can only find recipes for chicken strips! This will be perfect.

    And I’ve made your chicken gyros and tzatziki sauce. Yes, Ah-mazing describes it to a T.

  18. Great photo!

  19. thanks for sharing this! The chicken kabobs looks so good! 😀

  20. I just had to stop by and comment on your gorgeous photos!!


  21. This sounds really good! And easy! I’m putting it on my menu for this week!!

  22. We cooked these two nights ago on our George Forman Grill outside and they turned out amazing. Then tonight we had them in a chinese chicken salad. This is a recipe that we’ll cook again and again! Simple and delicious.

  23. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing this recipe! We loved it!! 🙂

  24. I made this for dinner tonight along with cherry tomato salad – it was great!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I think this will be one of my favorite recipes!

  25. These kabobs were excellent – my husband and I both loved the flavor combination. These will undoubtedly be served many times in the future at our home.

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