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Chicken Kabobs

5 from 19 votes

posted: 07/18/20

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Chicken Kabobs are the exact thing you should throw on the grill this week. The chicken kabob marinade we use will make you fall in love.

close up of chicken kabobs on a plate garnished with parsley

It is a daily struggle in my house for me to convince Nathan to fire up the grill and eat dinner outside. He hates the heat (it will get to 91 today!), and I know that summer in Wisconsin is a short term deal.

Because he’s an amazing husband, he typically gives in. We eat hamburgers, grilled corn, steak kabobs, and now these perfect Chicken Kabobs.

The simple chicken kabob marinade is what makes this recipe so special. It tenderizes the chicken perfectly. This is a grilling recipe your family will come back to over and over.

Reader Review

These were excellent! Great recipe! And so easy!

Chicken Kabob Marinade

Let’s talk about this great chicken kabob marinade I keep going on about. It has everything you want in a good marinade. Lots of different elements to bring sweetness and flavor, while some acids to gently break down the meat.

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Black Pepper

The best part is that all of those ingredients are things that I keep in my pantry all of the time. And I hope you have them on hand too! We do a lot with them around these parts.

overhead view of chicken in chicken kabob marinade

Mariating Chicken

It’s important when you marinate chicken that you keep a few things in mind.

  • Chicken should marinate for 1 to 24 hours. For this recipe I’m recommending 2 hours, but you could definitely start the marinade the night before.
  • Do not marinate chicken for more than 24 hours. It will make the chicken gummy and unappetizing.
  • We only want to break down the outer edge of the meat, the marinade is not meant to completely break down the meat.

Finally, though we are only marinating the chicken, it will impact the flavor of the vegetables. The vegetables will pick up the flavor of the marinade on the grill and be delicious alongside the chicken.

overhead view of a cutting board with cut up vegetables for chicken kabobs on it

Metal Skewers

I would like to encourage you to use metal skewers for this recipe. They are reusable, and you don’t have to soak them. You will love having them to make this recipe and my Steak Kabobs.

Keep in mind that you should be careful to avoid the metal skewer when checking the temperature of the chicken for doneness. It will make it seem like the chicken is done well before it is.

raw chicken kabobs on a white plate with metal skewers

How Long to Grill Chicken Kabobs

These pop on the grill for just a short 14 to 18 minutes. It is important to remember that if you cut your chicken bigger it will need to cook longer.

When you keep your chicken in one inch cubes, you will be able to grill these kabobs for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. Use an instant read thermometer stuck in the biggest piece of chicken to ensure that it has reached 165 degrees.

How Many Chicken Kabobs per Person

I would recommend two chicken kabobs per adult in addition to a side item. Count on 1 kabob per child.

chicken kabobs that have been grilled and garnished with parsley, made with metal skewers on a white plate

What to Serve with Chicken Kabobs

When looking to make side dishes to go with chicken kabobs there are a few that would be delicious.

If you make these grilled chicken kabobs or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

close up of grilled chicken kabobs on a plate

Recommended Tools:

  • Instant read thermometer: This is a must for grilling. It makes life so much easier not guessing when your meat is done.
  • Metal Skewers: In addition to not needing soaking, metal skewers are reusable and great to have on hand.
  • Tongs: When it comes to tongs for grilling, I always go with basic metal ones. The fancy once tend to freeze up in the middle of my grilling.
  • Indoor Grill Pan: This is a perfect way to cook these indoors all year round.
close up of chicken kabobs on a plate garnished with parsley
5 from 19 votes

Chicken Kabobs

Serves: 6 kabobs
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Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes
Chicken Kabobs are the exact thing you should throw on the grill this week. The chicken kabob marinade we use will make you fall in love.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced
  • 1 red onion diced large
  • 1 red bell pepper diced large
  • 1 orange bell pepper diced large


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes.
  • In a reusable container, whisk together the ingredients for the chicken marinade. Add the cut up chicken and stir to combine. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 to 24 hours.
  • When ready to grill the kabobs, preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Cut up the vegetables. Put the kabobs together by spearing the vegetables and the chicken cubes in alternating order to make 6 chicken kabobs.
  • Place the kabobs on the grill and grill for 5 to 6 minutes. Then flip them using tongs and grill for 5 to 6 more minutues or until the largest piece of chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Be careful not to test the chicken too close to the metal skewer as it will falsely show a higher temperature.
  • Remove from the grill and enjoy.
Serving: 1kabob Calories: 170kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 18g (36%) Fat: 6g (9%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 47mg (16%) Sodium: 288mg (13%) Potassium: 273mg (8%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 7g (8%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
close up of chicken kabobs on a plate garnished with parsley

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  1. Janie Snell says

    5 stars
    Made these last night and they are to die for!!! Marinade is delicious and it’s a keeper in my house! Thank you for a delicious recipe! I added fresh pineapple chunks to them and it added extra goodness.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear it! Thanks for coming back to tell me, Janie!

  2. Kristi says

    Can you use shrimp instead of chicken?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried shrimp, but I would probably marinate it for shorter time and cook it separately than the vegetables. Shrimp cooks very fast, and I wouldn’t want to overcook it or under cook the vegetables.

  3. Sunny F says

    5 stars
    I made these for dinner and they were a hit! I followed the recipe with no alterations and it was perfect. I took the leftovers off the skewers and I’m going to use them in a salad for lunch tomorrow.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So happy you like this recipe as much as me! And thank you for taking the time to let me know!

  4. Amanda says

    5 stars
    These were excellent! Great recipe! And so easy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you for coming back to let me know!

  5. Jeni says

    5 stars
    The kabobs were delicious and we will definitely be using this again. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  6. Laurene says

    Made these tonight
    I actually soaked vegetables in zesty Italian dressing
    Definitely be making again!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it, and what a fun twist!

  7. Pamela says

    5 stars
    The marinade is awesome, I did add some more veggies. Just an outstanding recipe, Thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Margaret says

    5 stars
    Made for our 4th of July picnic and it was a big hit, my son in law couldn’t get enough. Delicious. The marinade is the bomb. Glad I found this.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked these, Margaret!

  9. Susan Dunn says

    This looks great for our upcoming trip to the mountains. Have you ever frozen the cubed chicken in the marinade? I’m trying to do as much ahead as possible, but don’t want to alter the outcome! Thanks so much.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You know what is so funny? I’m going on a girls trip soon and I was trying to figure out the same thing! So, my plan is actually to make the marinade ahead of time and then add it to the chicken when we get there. Though I have heard people talk about great results of marinating and then freezing. It is definitely worth a try.

  10. I says

    5 stars
    Loved it grilled. The flavor was amazing. Is it possible to make this chicken in the oven?? How long and at what temperature would you suggest?

    • Lisa Longley says

      This is really similar to my Chicken Marinade. And we have grill and oven instructions for that. (The baking instructions are in the body of the post.) In that recipe we don’t cut up the chicken and you bake it, covered, for 35 to 40 minutes at 375.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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