This recipe may look familiar, because I posted it before in the very early months of my blog.  I decided to give it a little revamp because it’s still a favorite meal in our house.  Also, I recently discovered that the combination of these kabobs plus tzatziki sauce is aaah-mazing.  The chicken is quite delicious on its own, but I think tzatziki sauce makes almost everything better.  So in case you have a fantastic meal of chicken gyros and you have leftover tzatziki sauce, don’t let it go to waste.  This quick, simple marinade makes for moist and flavorful chicken and a meal that comes together in no time.

Sometimes I grill veggie kabobs to go alongside the chicken, but this time around I opted for cherry tomato salad.  If you do decide to make veggie kabobs, it is easiest to put the veggies on separate skewers from the chicken pieces so that each can cook separately and the correct grilling time doesn’t have to be a balancing act.  Now that grilling season is getting into gear, this is a staple you’ll be glad to have in your repertoire.


3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch pieces


  • 01

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix to coat with the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

  • 02

    Prepare a medium fire in a grill.  If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes before use.

  • 03

    Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and discard the excess marinade.  Lightly oil the grill grates.  Place the kabobs on the grill, cover, and cook until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 8-12 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking.  Transfer to a warmed platter and serve immediately.


  • This is *so* going on my “must make” list!

    I think you’re right about tzatziki sauce. I was just thinking a few days ago…what ELSE can I put this on?!?!?

  • Garlic + lemon + chicken + grilling — sounds like a great, easy combo. Yum!

  • “it’s still a favorite meal in our house” no wonder why. It looks delicious .

  • My husband and I made these for our baby shower on Saturday and people RAVED about them. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • I made the kabobs a few weeks ago…I’m going to have to make them again with the tzatziki sauce!

  • Well you know I’m game if you’re doing anything with a grill. Nice looking kabobs, perfectly done.

  • mmm so yummy :) with a cream sauce it will be great :)

  • Melissa

    This looks like a great summer meal! Do you think we they could be grilled on a George Foreman grill? I live in a high-rise building and do not have access to an outdoor grill.

  • Ohhh yum! Two of my favorite things… together! Gotta try this!

  • Annie

    I don’t really know, I have never used a Foreman grill. You could certainly try it!

  • There must be something in the air because I made pretty much this exact dish last night, but with lime rather than lemon! Its a great summer time dish! Your looks delicious, I’m jealous of the browned skewers, my fire lost its power and I didn’t get the browning I was hoping for. You’re look amazing!

  • Betsy

    These look so yummy! They are on the list for dinner next week! I made your spaghetti and meatballs tonight and my husband said the sauce recipe is a keeper! Thank so much Annie!

  • These remind me of many meals I enjoyed when I was in Greece last year! yum!

  • These kabobs remind me of many meals I enjoyed when I visited Greece last year. Yum!

  • This looks like such a great summertime meal! I have been meaning to make tzatziki for months now…I think it’s finally time!

  • its because tzatziki sauce DOES make everything taste better!!

  • Be still my heart. Chicken kabobs marinated in Grecian deliciousness and topped w/ tzatziki deliciousness is a FAVORITE of mine. No joke. Especially on some yummy pita bread. nom nom nom nom

  • The Cooking Bride

    Yay, thanks for this! I have a half a bag of chicken tenderloins in the freezer. I have already made chicken strips and wanted something different. But I can only find recipes for chicken strips! This will be perfect.

    And I’ve made your chicken gyros and tzatziki sauce. Yes, Ah-mazing describes it to a T.

  • Melissa

    Great photo!

  • thanks for sharing this! The chicken kabobs looks so good! :D

  • I just had to stop by and comment on your gorgeous photos!!


  • This sounds really good! And easy! I’m putting it on my menu for this week!!

  • Mala

    We cooked these two nights ago on our George Forman Grill outside and they turned out amazing. Then tonight we had them in a chinese chicken salad. This is a recipe that we’ll cook again and again! Simple and delicious.

  • Just wanted to say thanks for sharing this recipe! We loved it!! :)

  • Haejin

    I made this for dinner tonight along with cherry tomato salad – it was great!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I think this will be one of my favorite recipes!

  • Kris

    These kabobs were excellent – my husband and I both loved the flavor combination. These will undoubtedly be served many times in the future at our home.

  • Dawn Witkop

    Dear Annie,

    DO you have a recipe for the tzatziki sauce? I would love to know how to make that as well as the chicken kabobs and the tomato salad.

  • Annie

    Yes, it is linked within the post.

  • Kristen

    I made these Kabobs for my husbands birthday dinner and they were a hit! Everyone loved them!

  • Looks DELICIOUS – can’t wait to give this recipe a whirl!

  • Katie

    Thanks for the recipe, Annie. We made these tonight on our new grill along with the sauce. My husband said that it already smelled delicious as I was assembling the kabobs! Our dinner turned out great and I’ve already claimed the leftovers for lunch tomorrow in gyro form.

  • This was delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Megan

    This is truly the best chicken ever. Amazing. I am a breastfeeding mom, and because of my son’s allergies, I have had to eliminate all dairy, soy, and corn. I don’t look forward to eating that often, but when I am making this, I do!! Thank you!!

  • Really awesome! Made them for a BBQ and they were so tasty. Making them again tomorrow!!

  • Lexy

    How would you cook this inside the house….snow prevents opening the grill outside. Thanks….sounds sooo yummy.

  • annieseats

    You could cook in a skillet or in the oven. Really any way you like to cook chicken inside. Enjoy!