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Mediterranean Chicken Shish Kabob

Easy chicken shish kabob recipe made on the grill or in the oven. This Mediterranean chicken kabobs are flavored with delicious spices and are quick to make. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
marinade1 hr
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 393kcal


  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast see notes
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • Red onion, red and yellow bell peppers and tomatoes for grilling


  • Cut the chicken breast into 1 - 1 ½ inch pieces and set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, mix olive oil with minced garlic, paprika, cumin, sumac, cayenne, salt and lemon juice. 
  • Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and stir well so all pieces are coated with the marinade. 
  • Cover with a plastic wrap, and place the bowl in the fridge. Marinate the chicken for at least one hour up to 24 hours. 
  • Once ready to grill, take the bowl out of the fridge. 
  • Heat the grill to medium heat. 
  • Thread the chicken pieces and vegetables on skewers. 
  • Once all the skewers are ready, start grilling the kabobs. 
  • Grill one side for 5-8 minutes and then grill the other side. Make sure the kabobs are not undercooked. 
  • Serve warm with your favorite side dish. 



  • You can use boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs for this chicken shish kabob recipe. 
  • If you don't like the spices used in this marinade, you can always change or leave them out. This marinade has a Mediterranean flavor with a good kick from sumac and if you like it to be spicy, increase the amount of cayenne pepper. 
  • Marinade the chicken for at least one hour for great flavor. Don't marinade the chicken for over 24 hours. 
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can have the leftovers as a wrap, with rice or on salad
  • Shish kabob is traditionally made on the grill but you can also make it in the oven or on the stove. If making chicken kabobs on the stove, I suggest you use a grill pan. 
  • You can grill shish kabobs with or without veggies. I also like to garnish them with chopped parsley, cilantro or basil for a fresh kick of flavor. 


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 847mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg