Juicy and tender chunks of chicken marinated in delicious Greek flavours, these Greek Chicken Skewers are a BBQ favourite. Chunks of chicken thighs and vegetables, bursting with lemon, garlic and oregano. Baked and then grilled to get them nice and crispy. Serve with all the traditional Greek sides for a meal that is great for feeding a crowd.
An easy and healthy weeknight dinner, but also perfect for a weekend BBQ that everyone will love. Serve these Greek chicken kebabs up with some flatbreads, dips and salads for a light and fresh meal that will transport you to the Greek islands. Easy to adapt with different meat and vegetables and they can be made in advance too.
Why you will love it
- Full of Greek flavours - If you love Greek flavours like lemon and oregano, then you are going to love this Greek chicken kebab recipe.
- Easy to adapt - You can adapt it with different marinade ingredients, as well as adding extra vegetables.
- Can be made in advance - These actually taste better when they have had a change to marinate.
- Perfect for a BBQ - These are easy to make in a big batch and all the meat eaters will love them.
- Chicken - We used thighs as there is more flavour than breast. However breast will still work fine, but may be a bit dryer.
- Vegetables - We used two different coloured bell peppers and a courgette (zucchini). Chunks of red onion or mushrooms would be great too.
- Herbs - We used dried oregano, thyme and basil as they are all traditionally used in Greek cuisine.
- Marinade - A simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice and red wine vinegar mixed with some garlic and the above herbs.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Greek Chicken Skewers - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6. Soak the wooden skewers in water.
One: Mix all the marinade ingredients together.
Two: Put the chicken and vegetables into a bowl and pour over the marinade. Mix well and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for 2 hours.
Three: Thread on the wooden skewers (that have been soaked first). Put the skewers on a baking tray and then into the oven for 25 minutes. Then put under the grill (broiler) for 3-4 minutes each side to crisp up.
Four: Serve with flatbreads and dips.
These skewers are all about the incredible Greek flavours. A generous amount of olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic and oregano, thyme and basil bring these little chicken chunks to life.
You could add a little paprika for some smokiness, and some red chilli flakes if you want to add some spice. However, these aren't traditional Greek flavours.
To make really tender chicken, you can add some greek yogurt to the marinade.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs chopped into large chunks are the best choice when it comes to these skewers, as they are really tender and juicy. However, you could use chunks of chicken breast instead.
If you don't fancy making skewers, you could add chicken legs and vegetables to a baking tray and add the marinade.
You could just keep these as Greek chicken skewers and then serve vegetables on the side, but we love some charred chunks of vegetables on the skewers.
We used bell peppers and courgette, however you could add cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Try to make sure that you use softer quick cooking veg, so everything cooks at the same time.
Chicken and veg not enough for you? Why not try adding some halloumi cheese? The squeaky cheese is amazing when cooked, as it softens, but still holds its shape. It also goes perfectly with the Greek flavours.
You don't have to use chicken. You can swap it for pork or beef, or even king prawns.
What to serve with Greek Chicken Kebabs
These skewers are the perfect addition to a Greek platter like on our Greek Meze Platter.
We served ours with some Homemade Tzatziki, olives, tomato slices, Easy Homemade Flatbreads, plenty of feta and some sun-dried tomato rice (you could swap the rice for orzo to keep it more traditional).
Yes, and you should do because they need 2 hours to marinade before they are threaded on to skewers. You could even marinade them for 4-5 hours and then thread them and leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours before putting in the oven.
Yes, you definitely can and they are the ideal food for the BBQ. We have baked ours in the oven and then put them under the grill to crisp them up, but there is no reason why you can't just grill them.
Make sure you use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken is cooked all the way through. It will take about 10-15 minutes to cook on the grill, turning a couple of times.
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Greek Chicken Skewers
- 3 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 Lemon - (juice only)
- 2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- 4 Garlic clove - minced
- 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried basil
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 6 Chicken thighs - boneless and skinless; cut into large chunks
- 2 Bell peppers - cut into chunks
- 1 Courgette (zucchini) - cut into chunks
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6. Soak the wooden skewers in water.
- Put 6 Chicken thighs, 2 Bell peppers and 1 Courgette (zucchini) into a bowl.
- Mix together 3 tablespoon Olive oil, juice of 1 Lemon, 2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar, 4 Garlic clove, 1 teaspoon Dried thyme, 1 teaspoon Dried oregano, 1 teaspoon Dried basiland 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper.
- Pour over the chicken and vegetables and mix well.
- Thread onto the wooden skewers.
- Put the skewers on a baking tray and then into the oven for 25 minutes. Then put under the grill for 3-4 minutes each side to crisp up.
- Serve with flatbreads and dips.
- Cut the chicken and vegetables evenly, so that they all cook at the same rate.
- If you are using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for at least 30 minutes first, otherwise they will burn.
- Don't skip the marinating step, as it really does intensify the flavour. Aim for 2 hours, but at least 30 minutes. Don't go for overnight, as you won't get the best texture chicken.
- For an extra intense lemon flavour, add lemon zest to the marinade.
- If you fancy a change from chicken, try making these with pork, beef or halloumi.
- You can swap the chicken thighs for chicken breast, but they won't be as juicy.
- If you are going to use different vegetables, make sure they are quick cooking, softer vegetables.
- Add a sprinkling of fresh chopped dill before serving for some extra flavour.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.