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Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Three Chicken Shish Kabobs cooking on a flaming grill, with more pieces on foil.

Chicken kabobs on the grill are healthy, easy and DELICIOUS. Plain grilled chicken and vegetables can become boring.  Spice up dinner by adding different marinades and vegetable combinations.

Chicken Kabob Ingredients

For this version of grilled chicken kabobs, we used one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, one red pepper, one yellow pepper, one orange pepper, one onion, one small box of fresh mushrooms and one bottle of Italian dressing. Usually, we would use green pepper instead of orange pepper but the orange peppers looked so delicious we couldn’t pass them up. We also had several wooden kabob skewers on hand. Sometimes skewers can splinter so it’s nice to have some backups ready and waiting.

Chicken Kabob Soak

Before starting the grill and ingredient prep, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least one hour. This is very important and helps prevent the wooden skewers from catching fire while on the grill. A 9″ x 13″ cake ban with the bottom covered in water works great for soaking. Another option is to buy reusable, metal skewers.

Chicken Kabobs Chunks

Once the wooden skewers are soaking, ingredient prep for the chicken kabobs can begin. Cut chicken, peppers, mushrooms and sweet onion into 1-1 1/2″ pieces. Cutting the ingredients into chunks too big can cause them to take much longer to cook through.

Chicken Kabob Dressing

To marinate the chicken kabob chunks, pieces can be put in either in a large zip-closure bag or in a shallow dish. Pour enough Italian dressing over the chunks of chicken and vegetables to cover each piece. Toss all of the pieces with a spoon to make sure all are covered completely.

Chicken Kabobs Marinate

Close bag or cover bowl and let set in the refrigerator for 1-24 hours. Keep in mind that the longer the chicken kabob ingredients marinate, the more flavor they will have.

Chicken Kabob Skewer

After the ingredients have marinated, fill the skewers with the ingredients, alternating between chicken and vegetables. We like to start and finish with a pepper because they are more firm and help keep the softer ingredients like onions and mushrooms on the skewer.

Chicken Kabob Grill

Place the skewers on the hot grill. Grill chicken kabobs on one side for 5-7 minutes or until charred.  The charred flavor really takes the grilled chicken kabobs, especially the grilled peppers to another tasty level.

Chicken Kabob Flip

After the first 5-7 minutes, rotate the chicken kabobs carefully to an uncooked side, making sure the charred side of all ingredient chunks are facing up. Continue grilling until grilled chicken is cooked through to at least 165°F. Remove from grill and enjoy!

Chicken Kabob Leftovers

Helpful Hint: Did you have leftover ingredients when putting the skewers together? Place two pieces of aluminum foil on top of each other and roll edges up to make an aluminum foil pan. Dump all remaining ingredients in pan and grill, stirring when the grilled chicken kabobs are flipped.

Comments (1)


I am looking for the Festive Foods and Drinks noted in the Summer Catalog (Burger kabobs, watermelon boat) and they are not listed in the current blog. Where can I find these?

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Published on May 21 2015

Last Updated on Jun 03 2015

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