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Greek Chicken Kabobs

Greek Chicken Kabobs - Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

Greek Chicken Kabobs - Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

How badly do you want to faceplant yourself into this platter? I mean, I basically did that all. summer. long.

Because here’s what’s involved: grilled pita bread, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cubed feta, kalamata olives, and tzatziki sauce paired with the best Greek chicken kabobs I have ever had.

Now the kabobs get the most amazing marinade makeover – olive oil, lemon juice/zest, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic and shallot. From there you can let the chicken thighs swim in this for a bit before throwing these bad boys onto the grill for that smoky, charred flavor.

Greek Chicken Kabobs - Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

It is so simple, yet so so good.

I should mention that a platter is absolutely not required, but it is pretty great for summer entertaining (and it’s easy to whip up too!).

However, if it’s just you and your baby corgis like I am 99% of the time, the kabobs paired with some beers/wine should be absolutely perfect.

Greek Chicken Kabobs - Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Super juicy, tender kabobs made with the best marinade ever! Olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic. SO BOMB.

2 hours 30 minutes20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic, shallot, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper.
  2. Stir in chicken until well combined; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade.
  3. Thread chicken onto skewers. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  5. Add skewers to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

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69 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG! So good, delicious I doubled the recipe for my family and it was gone ALL gone! Got fresh pia bread from the bakery and we made wraps with all the ingredients. The killer was a homemade greek dressing I put on the side for drizzling of lemon, oregano, shaved garlic, oregano salt and pepper!!!! OH this is so going into the rotation!

  2. Can you use pork  also or just chicken?

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! Everything about this recipe is perfect! Served with yogurt sauce, pita, and a Greek salad!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your recipes are second to none. This is an amazing recipe! It tastes exactly like the chicken shishkabob at our favorite local Greek restaurant! We love it!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Haven’t made this yet, but it sounds delicious.

    my question is when you call for a shallot, is that a clove or the whole bulb.

    thanks

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    can I put the chicken skewers in the oven? for how long ? temp?

  7. Not a chicken thigh fan so used chicken breasts. WOW my new favorite greek kabob recipe. Absolutely damn delicious.

  8. Best ever chicken recipe made with chicken breast. Will use recipe regularly Thanks so much. Just had to comment

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! Delicious! I let the chicken thigh marinate overnight and bbq’d them. Best chicken I’ve ever made! I was so proud and my family loved it. Great recipe
    I used chicken breast and it was so tender and damndelicious.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best marinade ever chicken skewers paired with tzatziki and pita bread perfect! I love your recipes I often use them for their simplicity and delicious taste.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is absolutely the best marinade I have ever tasted. .Just the right amount of spices, heat and flavor. Just perfect! A huge hit! Thank you!!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! Delicious! I let the chicken thigh marinate overnight and bbq’d them. Best chicken I’ve ever made! I was so proud and my family loved it. Great recipe 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used chicken breast and it was so tender and damndelicious. 

  14. Rated 2 out of 5

    What a disappointment. I marinated for 3.5 hours and it must need much more, and possibly another acid like white vinegar or wine. We regrettably found the flavor – flat. I’m glad I grilled a few test skewers, which allowed me to add much more seasoning to the remainder. The look and tenderness was there, but not a depth of flavor.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    My new favorite marinade for chicken – loved it on both grilled and baked chicken. Thanks!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made and finished eating this and it is absolutely going to become one of my staple summer meals! The chicken was tender and that marinade!!!!!! My husband couldn’t get enough! Thank you – so yummy!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely fantastic – I ate a couple hours ago, yet thinking about them for this review is making my mouth water!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG!  This was SO GOOD!  Will be a staple in our rotation of meals!!!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had this chicken at my son’s home. My daughter in law did the marinade, he did the grilling. I have a new grill and can’t wait to try it. She sent me the link to your recipe. It was soooo good, very tender.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Omg! The marinade for the chicken is BOMB! This turned out amazing for a summer dinner. My husband and I will be making it again soon.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    SUPERB. IM IMPRESSED. VERY EASY. LOTS OF FLAVOR. AMZING! THANKS FOR SHARING. =)

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you! This was a beautiful summer dinner. I did the full platter and it was impressive and delicious! 

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    As I was mixing the marinade up I was worried it was going to be too strong but it was perfect!! The chicken had the perfect amount of flavor and I don’t have a grill so I pan fried and they turned out great! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  24. I would have liked to see the calorie and fat count.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this with boneless skinless chicken breast not skewered Delicious! We are making this again tonight using skewers .My 10 year old loved it( that is saying something) This is the best marinade ! He even wanted to share it with his friends( kids) who also agreed. They loved it!! Tons of flavor and so tender .

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Restaurants in SC are slowly starting to reopen post quarantine, and my husband asked if I wanted to dine out. My response…why? I made this for dinner tonight and he agreed. This chicken was so flavorful and better than anything I could have ordered off a menu! The way you photographed it made easy for me to recreate deconstructed gyros. I have also made a couple of your other recipes and have loved everything. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I cannot wait to get your book and continue making our dinners darn delicious!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious!  My ENTIRE family, including my picky 13 yr old and his friend loved it!  I will make this again and again. 

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I’m not a huge chicken fan, but wanted something lighter for our grilled meal this weekend. So glad I chose this! I pulled this marinade up literally a half hour before we were to grill and realized it says to marinade for a few hours, but even with just 15 minutes in the marinade the chicken had a light, fresh flavor. Very Greek! The reconstructed gyro platter was phenomenal and filling. We used cucumbers, red bell, red onion, chunks of feta, tzatziki and fries on the side. 

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    These turned out great! I used boneless skinless chicken breast, marinated it overnight, and cooked them on the grill for about 15 minutes. I used more olive oil than the recipe called for when marinating. Put it in pita bread with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hey, The picture looks so yummy.. i must try this for the weekend.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent a real Greek treat, tasted and looked just as good as the photo. I cooked my on a charcoal BBQ.

    Paired with Pita bread, tzatziki, salad and charred green chilli. Brilliant. 

  31. One of my go-to meals. Tziazki sauce is a must. The feta cheese is neat touch.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    The chicken came out flavorful and juicy! It smelled amazing and tasted just as good as it smelled. Next time I’m making tzatziki sauce to go with it!

  33. Is this Greek yoghurt in the pot with the olive oil on top 

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sorry haven’t made it but I couldn’t post without putting a rating. I actually have a question…what do you suggest to make a variation of this in an instant pot? Should I just add some chicken broth? Or would it be better to bake the chicken? Not able to grill at the moment. Thanks for your input.

  35. This was so so good. Will be my new go-to for chicken kebabs and we don’t have to pay $60/meal for Me Va Me takeout anymore!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic recipe!  Too cold / rainy to grill, so I put the chicken pieces on a sheet pan under the broiler, which worked out great.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    We used chicken breast because we had it on hand. Absolutely delicious-now in our “Favorites” file. Paired it with Jasmine rice.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! We put the chicken in the marinade only for three hours and it was still very
    tender. The best flavor ever! We are fans! It is a keeper.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely love getting your emails with gorgeous pictures of food, and I save almost every one of them. This recipe is no exception. I used to get turkey kabobs years ago from a place in Torrance, at the Del Amo Mall of all places. All they sold were these delicious turkey kabobs and I am just sure that your recipe will be as good as theirs. Can’t wait to try it with either turkey or chicken. We must be soul-sisters as to food, as we have the same taste. Thanks, Sister!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this recipe last night using boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Absolutely delicious! Because I used chicken breasts, I used a little more olive oil, but I think that helped infuse the flavor of the spices.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just found this site and im soooo happy i did! I’m making this tomoro nite! It looks simple, healthy and super easy!!

  42. I’m getting ready to marinate my chicken now for tonight’s dinner.  We are not grill people.  Can I bake the kabobs in the oven?  Thank you.

  43. These chicken kabobs are amazing! I usually bought my Greek kabobs from my favorite supermarket(pricey), since I didn’t have a good recipe! You have not only saved me money, but provided a great recipe for my guests! I so enjoy your recipes and the beautiful and appetizing photos to go along with it! Always look forward to getting your email!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks amazing! Do you make your own Greek salad dressing. If so can you share the recipe? Thanks!!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks really TASTY! My husband especially would love it.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks delicious! I’m ready to make it! How do you think chicken breast will work?
    Thank you!
    Luis

  47. The pictures of your food are always so beautiful, which makes you want to cook the recipes. Will be making this over the weekend.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow this is amazing!!!   The only thing I would have liked is a recipe for is the beautiful veggies in the picture on the plater to go with it. It looks like it’s in a nice dressing, but can’t see a recipe for the veggies. The chicken was superb. 
    Found a recipe on the internet for a Greek veggie salad to go with the dish that looked good.
    This was a delicious dish,,, thank you 
    Debbie (from Canada)

  49. looks great. Any way of getting the recipe for the sauce in picture

  50. Greek chicken kabobs taste delicious on the grill! I also love to use other meats for this recipe, like beef and even lamb!

  51. This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it! Do you just grill regular pocket pita bread, or Greek pita? Any particular brand you like? It looks like the perfect finish to your chicken kabobs!

  52. This chicken looks incredible! Totally need to try this asap!