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Middle Eastern Chicken Skewers

middle eastern chicken skewers on  white plate.

How can people BBQ out side in the summer? They must be very brave, but I’m not. In the summer, my activities are in the house, period.

But if it’s summer and you’d like to have grilled chicken because you just love how it tastes when grilled on charcoals, then I have a recipe just for you, and you won’t need charcoals too ๐Ÿ˜‰

grilled chicken cubes in skewers.

Middle Eastern mixed grills are popular and taste amazing, so tender and the flavor it gets from being grilled on charcoal not only enhances the taste, but makes it release unique aroma.

grilled chicken cubes served with lemon and parsley.

The basic ingredient for the marinade is onion juice, it gives the flavor of garlic and hint of ginger, not only that but the chicken will taste exactly like it’s been grilled on charcoals. You won’t believe it unless you try this recipe.

The usually tasteless and boring chicken breasts will turn into a moist, flavorful delight.

grilled chicken cubes served on a white plate.

Whatever you do, do not bake chicken skewers in the oven, the chicken will turn out dry, I’m talking from experience! Although I’m using chicken breasts in this recipe, you can use chicken thighs if that’s what you prefer. The calories might increase a little (nothing to sweat about), but if you want to use chicken breasts, then grill it  according to the recipe below, to get a tender and succulent chicken breasts.

Freshly grilled chicken cubes

Middle Eastern Chicken Skewers

Serves 3. 218 calories per serving

2 medium onions, minced

1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

400 gm skinless chicken breast cut into cubes

Salt to taste (I used around 1/2 teaspoon)

Black pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon paprika or red chili powder (optional)

– Squeeze the onion, and keep its juice to use in the marinade.

– In a bowl, add the onion juice and the rest of ingredients except the chicken. Mix well. The color might turn pink, that’s normal when you mix onion with vinegar.

– Add the chicken and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for four hours.

– Skewer the chicken cubes and grill on grilling skillet or on electric grill, but make sure the heat is high. Grill the chicken on each side, for 3 minutes or until done. You can reduce the heat to medium high if you’re afraid to burn the chicken.

– When done serve hot with salad on the side.


*Grilling chicken on high heat will seal it from the outside and keep all the juices inside, this will cook the chicken breast and keep it tender.

*I’ve used zucchini, but you can use any vegetable you like.



  1. Hi Muna, that’s a neat trick to get the charcoal-grilled flavour! I know about 5 million Irish people who will be very grateful to know it given that rain and bbqs go together in Ireland. Delicious photos!

  2. These chicken skewers look mouthwatering and I like to use low fat and healthy chicken breast too.

  3. These skewers look amazing, I”m with you – I don’t like bbqing outside either. Love the flavors you use:)

  4. I should try to marinade chicken like this. It looks amazing!

    • munatycooking

      If you ever try it, let me know how you liked it, or you can send me a pic too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I don’t like cooking outside, so I love my grill pan too! This is a great recipe for it.

  6. I love the simplicity of this recipe and that the ingredients are all ones most people would have on hand. Trying to grill as much as possible before the cooler weather sets in so will be making these soon.

  7. super good … moist .. tasty and eazy to make … i had this with vegetable and it was beautifull …i put this in a pita with garlic sauce the day after and it was delicious … thanks alot fortha good recipe

    • munatycooking

      Hi Rafal,
      This dish is my favorite for the same reasons you’ve mentioned ๐Ÿ™‚ … I’m happy that you’ve enjoyed it, thanks for your feedback!

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