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Greek Chicken Kabobs with Cucumber Sauce

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Greek Chicken Kabobs served with warmed pita bread and my fresh and easy cucumber sauce is an absolutely delicious, healthy meal you can prepare on the grill, in the oven, or on a grill pan on top of the stove.

Marinate chunks of chicken breast, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and red onion in a zesty mix of fresh herbs, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice to infuse with delicious Greek flavor.

Then, thread on skewers and grill just 10 minutes until the chicken is slightly charred and the veggies are tender. Not only are these Greek Chicken Kabobs tasty and colorful, they’re fun to make and fun to eat!

If you enjoy making kabobs, you may like my Smoky Chicken Kabobs, too.

four skewers of greek chicken kebabs on a white platter on a wooden table.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Light and fresh. Marinated in fresh lemon juice and herbs, these chicken kabobs are healthy and delicious!
  • Versatile recipe. Serve these tasty kabobs with pita bread and dipping sauce, over rice or pasta, or even on top of a Greek salad.
  • Prep ahead of time. I’ve been known to toss the chicken and veggies in the marinade before leaving for work which means the remaining dinner prep only takes minutes when I get home.

Behind the recipe

Greek Chicken Kabobs with Cucumber Sauce is on my Top 10 weeknight grilling recipe list. Well, I don’t actually have a list, but it sounds like a good idea for a future blog post!

If you’ve been following the blog, you know I’m a big fan of Greek flavors. My Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade are prime examples.

And, since I think kabobs can make a simple meal fancy, today’s Greek Chicken Kabob recipe is a win-win in my book!

When we make these chicken skewers on weeknights, I prep everything in the morning and let the chicken marinate until dinner time.

After everyone gets home, we pop the kabobs on the grill, then serve them with warmed pita bread and a bowl of cucumber sauce for dipping — I don’t even bother with any other sides!

It’s a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious meal.

ingredients for greek chicken kebabs on a table.

Ingredients

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • garlic
  • Dijon mustard
  • dried oregano
  • fresh thyme leaves — may substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh rosemary — may substitute 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
a glass bowl on a table with chopped fresh herbs and a whisk.

Step 1 | Make the marinade

  1. For the best flavor, use fresh herbs. Mince the rosemary, remove the thyme leaves, and chop the parsley.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, the herbs, and black pepper.
  3. Pour the marinade into a gallon size resealable bag to which you’ll add the chicken and veggies.
peppers, onions, and chunks of chicken in a ziplock bag with greek marinade on a table.

Step 2 | Prep the chicken and veggies

  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Remove the seeds and ribs from the bell peppers and cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel the onion and cut into wedges, separating the layers.
  3. Place the veggies and chicken in the bag with the marinade, seal, and mix to coat all ingredients. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
a bowl of tzatziki sauce on a table.

Step 3 | Make the cucumber sauce (tzatziki dip)

  1. Slice a cucumber in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Grate the unpeeled cucumber with a box grater and press out the excess moisture.
  2. To a small bowl, add plain Greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and salt, stirring until smooth.
  3. Fold in grated cucumber and chopped fresh mint. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

tip

  • To remove excess moisture from the grated cucumber, wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze or place in a fine mesh colander and use the back of a spoon to press out the moisture.

four skewers of greek chicken kebabs on a white platter on a wooden table.

Step 4 | Cook the kabobs

Thread the chicken and vegetables onto metal skewers or bamboo skewers, discarding the marinade.

  1. To cook the kabobs on the grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees and lightly oil the grill grates. Grill the skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed, until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees) and the vegetables are tender.
  2. To cook kabobs on the stove: Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Lightly oil the pan. Cook the skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed.
  3. To cook kabobs in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the skewers on baking sheets lined with aluminum foil lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, turning midway through, until the chicken is done.

tip

  • If you use bamboo skewers, soaking them first not only helps prevent them flaming up on the grill, it also prevents any splintering as you thread the chicken onto the skewer. Place the skewers in a pan long enough for them to lay flat and cover with water for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes.

Serving suggestions

a Greek chicken kebab on a blue plate with cucumber sauce and pita bread on a wooden table.

FAQs

How can you tell the chicken is done?

You know chicken is done if when pierced with a fork, the juices run clear. For more accurate cooking, use an instant read thermometer to measure the internal temperature, which should be 165 degrees.

Why are did my vegetables burn before the chicken was done (or vice versa)?

When cooking kabobs, it’s important that the vegetables and chicken are cut so that when the kabobs lay flat on the grill, everything touches. That way, the cooking will be more even.

How do you reheat chicken kabobs?

Wrap the skewers in aluminum foil and place in a 325 degree oven until heated through, about 15 minutes. You can also remove the chicken and vegetables from the skewers and reheat in the microwave.

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First published: February 8, 2016. Last updated: March 16, 2021.

Yield: 8 servings

Greek Chicken Kabobs

four skewers of greek chicken kebabs on a white platter on a wooden table.

Serve Greek Chicken Kabobs with pita bread and cucumber sauce for a quick, easy, healthy, and delicious meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Kabobs

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cucumber Sauce

  • 1/2 medium cucumber, seeded and grated
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (6-oz. container)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced

Instructions

Kabobs

  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and cut into 2-inch cubes. Place the cubes into a gallon-size zip lock bag.
  2. Remove the seeds and ribs from the bell peppers and cut into 2-inch pieces. Peel the onion and cut into wedges, separating the layers. Place the veggies in the bag with the chicken.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and black pepper.
  4. Pour the marinade into the bag, seal, and mix to coat the ingredients. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
  5. When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees and lightly oil the grill grates.
  6. Thread the chicken and vegetables onto skewers, discarding the marinade.Grill the skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed, until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees) and the vegetables are tender.

Cucumber Sauce

  1. Slice the cucumber in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Grate the unpeeled cucumber with a box grater, and squeeze out the moisture.
  2. To a small bowl, add the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, stirring until smooth. Fold in the grated cucumber and mint. If desired, drizzle with a bit more olive oil when ready to serve.

Notes

Original marinade recipe by My Baking Addiction.

  • To remove excess moisture from the grated cucumber, wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze or place in a fine mesh colander and use the back of a spoon to press out the moisture.

To cook kabobs on the stove:

Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Lightly oil the pan. Cook the skewers for 10 minutes, turning as needed.

To cook kabobs in the oven:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the skewers on baking sheets lined with aluminum foil lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, turning midway through, until the chicken is done.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g

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Sheila @ Life, Love & Good Food

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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