These Mediterranean Chicken Skewers are a simple and delicious way to enjoy flavorful grilled chicken kebabs that are low carb and keto friendly.
These chicken skewers are perfect for the grill, if you’re cooking outdoors. They can be put on the grill next to the burgers and corn to add some extra spice to your meal. But they can also be cooked on the stove top, so no worries if you haven’t fired up the barbecue.
Ingredients You’ll Need
If you love the spices, citrus and olive oil that are found in Mediterranean cooking, you’re going to flip for these chicken skewers. They are marinated with lemon, garlic, and paprika that really enhances the dish.
- Marinade ingredients – Olive oil, fresh lemon juice, paprika, fresh minced garlic, salt and ground black pepper.
- Chicken thighs – Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch chunks.
- Tzatziki sauce
How to Make Mediterranean Chicken Skewers
The most time consuming part of this dish is marinating the chicken. You really can’t skip this step though, so be sure to plan ahead.
It doesn’t require much. Just mix the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and all the spices in a bowl. Reserve 2 tbsp of the marinade to use as a basting sauce for later. Then add the cubed chicken to the bowl and stir.
Cover it and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or – even better – overnight. If you marinate it for a day, the flavors will really have time to transform. It’s worth it.
A Tip About Skewers
If you’re using wooden ones, be sure to soak them in advance if you’re grilling on an open flame. The wooden skewer can catch on fire or become super brittle and break while cooking. Soaking them for about 15 minutes before use prevents that.
Thread the chicken onto the skewers. You can pack them on, no need to leave spaces between. However, don’t load it with too much chicken. Keep proper portion sizes in mind.
I don’t usually add onions or peppers to my skewers, but that’s an option if you want. The veggies tend to cook at the same rate as the chicken, so it’s fine to thread them on together.
Cook the skewers on the grill at 350° F for 5 minutes per side. Baste them on both sides with the reserved marinade for extra flavor.
If you’re cooking them on the stove top, it will take about 5 minutes per side on medium-high heat.
What to Serve With Chicken Kebabs
Salads go really well with these Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs. Try this Strawberry Spinach Salad or this Parmesan Roasted Asparagus. A great low-carb alternative that goes with everything is simple Cauliflower Rice. We also have a great list of side dishes to try.
Tips and Notes
- You can make your own tzatziki sauce with Greek yogurt, chopped cucumbers, garlic, dill, salt, and olive oil or try this recipe.
- Be sure to soak the skewers in advance if you’re grilling on an open flame.
- Cut the chicken into same size pieces so that they all cook evenly.
- Chicken needs to be cooked to 165° F to be safe to eat.
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Low Carb Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup Tzatziki sauce
- In a medium bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Reserve 2 tbsp of the mixture for later.
- Add the chicken cubes to the bowl and stir until coated. Marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight.
- When ready to cook, preheat the grill to 350 degrees F. Thread chicken onto skewers. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes, then turn over. Baste both sides with the reserved marinade.
- Remove once chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 F, about 10 minutes.
- Serve with tzatziki sauce.
- You can make your own tzatziki sauce with greek yogurt, chopped cucumbers, garlic, dill, salt, and olive oil.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.