These lemony Greek Chicken Kabobs are simple to prepare and have all the tastes and flavors of the Mediterranean! The smell of the marinade is reminiscent of the Greek Isles, with a lemony garlic aroma and, of course, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. This fantastic dish is excellent for a casual dinner with friends and family.
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What do You need to make Lemon Greek Chicken Kabobs?
This recipe is really a 2 part process, first is the marinade. The chicken needs to be marinated; this imparts those Greek flavors into the chicken that are so familiar to everyone. Then, obviously, the chicken is skewered and grilled. The Greek style of grilling often utilizes skewers which I think is great.
- Chicken thighs
- Sea salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Juice of a lemon
- Zest of a lemon
- Lemon slices
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Garlic, minced
- Dried oregano
- Fresh parsley
- Dijon mustard
How to make Lemon Greek Chicken kabobs
As I mentioned, you will need to start at least a few hours before you are going to serve these kabobs, as they do require a couple of hours to marinate. Once marinated though, they do cook up quickly.
Make the marinade first. Start by combining the sea salt, fresh ground pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, parsley, and Dijon mustard in a medium bowl. Stir the marinade mixture to make sure that everything is incorporated well.
Add the cubed chicken thighs to the marinade and stir to coat all the chicken. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.
If you are using wooden or bamboo skewers, you need to soak them in water for at least 45 minutes to an hour before using them on the grill. This will help prevent them from burning when cooking your chicken. I like to use metal skewers rather than bamboo for a couple of reasons: first, they don’t need to be soaked, nor do they burn. Secondly, they are reusable, so I know I have skewers in my BBQ cupboard anytime I need them.
Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees F. Prepare the skewers by placing the cubed, marinated chicken thighs onto the skewers.
How do I cook LEmon greek chicken kabobs?
Once your grill is preheated, put some lemon slices directly on the grill or in the grill pan. Then lay your chicken kabobs on top of the lemon slices.
Sear the chicken skewers on each side until the chicken is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. You want the internal temperature of the chicken to be at least 165 degrees F. I like to use an instant-read thermometer when I’m grilling.
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Once your lemon Greek chicken kabobs have reached the correct temperature, remove them from the grill to a serving platter along with the grilled lemon slices. You will want to serve your kabobs right off the grill.
What to serve with chicken kabobs?
These tender, juicy lemon Greek chicken kabobs pair with so many tasty sides. You can serve them over a bed of rice. Or with a tangy tzatziki sauce or yogurt dipping sauce.
Maybe serve up some pita wedges so people can wrap them up like a mini chicken donair, or how about a nice Greek salad on the side?
Feel free to mix it up. For example, I like to use chicken thighs as I really love the flavors of dark meat. But you could use boneless skinless chicken breast instead, and these would be just as delicious!
If you are a fair-weather griller, you can even prepare these amazing lemon Greek chicken kabobs in the oven.
Just look at how tender and juicy that chicken is! Doesn’t it make your mouth water? Making dishes at home is always the best, I think. Don’t go out to a restaurant! Making restaurant-quality food for your family is easy and way less expensive! Trust me, you are going to love this great recipe!
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- 1 ½ lbs chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Juice of a lemon
- Zest of a lemon
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 2 hours while the chicken marinates.
- Prepare the skewers by placing chicken pieces on the skewers one by one. Depending upon the length of your skewers, you will want to put 5-6 pieces of chicken on each skewer.
- Heat your grill or your grill pan on medium-high heat.
- Place a few lemon slices on the grill or grill pan, and then place the skewers on top of the lemon slices. Sear the kabobs on each side until golden brown.
- Remove and serve immediately over a bed of rice, with tzatziki or Greek yogurt sauce, or pita bread.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 466mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g
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