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Best Grilled Chicken Kabobs | The Mediterranean Dish


This recipe is all you need to make the BEST chicken kabobs with cubes of marinated chicken and colorful vegetables, skewered and grilled to perfection. The bold Mediterranean kabob marinade makes all the difference in giving you tender never-dry grilled kabobs that are packed with flavor!

Grilled chicken kabob stacked on top of each other on a serving dish.

Kabobs all summer long!

During the hot summer months, my go-to meals often involve kabobs (or kebabs) on the grill with simple sides like potato salad or a breezy watermelon salad (the less cooking the better, right?) 

Depending on the mood, it can be fish, meat, or something like today’s Mediterranean grilled chicken kabobs made with tender marinated chicken pieces and colorful chunks of bell peppers and onions.

I like to marinate the chicken ahead of time to let the marinade do its magic to tenderize and flavor the chicken. And  I’ll chop up my salad or whip up a hummus or a side of toum garlic sauce earlier, so all that is left to do is to throw the chicken skewers on the grill!

Minced garlic and seasoning for chicken kabob marinade in bowls.

The BEST chicken kabob marinade

The secret to these juicy, flavor-packed chicken kebabs is in the marinade, made with fresh garlic, a few bold Mediterranean spices, citrus, and good olive oil. Here is what you need to make the best chicken kabob marinade: 

  • Lemon juice: Juice of 3 lemons or lime to add a bright zesty flavor and balance the earthy spices. 
  • Extra virgin olive oil: EVOO helps to transfer fat-soluble flavors into the chicken. Some flavors will not penetrate the meat without the help of a cooking fat.  Be sure to use a good amount to balance the citrus.
  • Garlic: You’ll need 15 cloves of garlic, minced. Yes, I said 15. You don’t want to skimp on garlicky flavor here. 
  • Spices: Spanish paprika, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, and dried thyme. The herbs and spices add warming, earthy flavor and deep color.  

Vegetables to use in chicken skewers or kebabs

There are loads of options for what vegetables to use in kabobs, just be sure to cut them into similar size pieces (1 ½-inch pieces is ideal). Here are the vegetables I used in my chicken skewers: 

  • Red bell pepper 
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onion

But there are many other vegetables that will work in your kabobs. Here are a few more ideas: Some different options are: