Made with marinated chicken, these grilled chicken kabobs are the perfect summer grilling recipe. They’re juicy, flavorful, and great for all summer events like a party or cookout, especially for the 4th of July!

If you want to add vegetables to your grilled chicken kabobs, be sure to try our juicy chicken and vegetable kebabs!

Chicken kabobs on skewers plated.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

These chicken kabobs are bursting with flavor yet made with the easiest marinade. Mayo, herbs, spices, and lemon juice help tenderize the chicken before it’s grilled for an irresistible, juicy result. They’re healthy, filled with protein, and filled with bright, fresh flavors, perfect for summer night dinners.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Kid-friendly meal. There’s nothing better than a meal that the whole family loves! This is a simple that’s a favorite with kids and adults alike!
  • Repurpose leftovers. The chicken marinade is simple so that you can use any leftover chicken from kebabs in wraps, shred or cut to use on pizza or flatbreads, or use in quesadillas!
  • Great for big groups. The recipe can be scaled up to serve a large group of people during a summer barbecue or potluck.
  • Prepped in advance. The chicken can be marinated overnight so the chicken will be ready to grill, making dinner prep hassle-free. 
Marinated chicken kabobs ready to be grilled.

Grilled Chicken Kabob Ingredients

Grilled chicken kababs require simple ingredients yet result in tons of flavor!

  • Chicken- you can use boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs for the kabab.
  • Mayonnaise- works in the marinade to tenderize the chicken.
  • Herbs and spices- a combination of fresh parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper will flavor the chicken.
  • Lemon juice and olive oil- add acidity and moisture to the marinade to prevent dry chicken. 

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Step by step picture collage of how to make grilled chicken kabobs.

How to Make Chicken Kabobs

Mix, marinade, and grill! This recipe really is that easy!

  • Prepare marinade: In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
  • Prep chicken: Cut the chicken into 1” pieces and add to a large bowl. Add the marinade to the chicken and mix to evenly coat all chicken pieces. Tip: Cut chicken into even pieces to ensure they grill evenly.
  • Marinade: Set the chicken in the refrigerator and marinade for at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.
  • Thread onto skewers: Thread the chicken onto the sticks or skewers.
  • Grill: Add the chicken skewers over medium heat on the grill. Grill the chicken until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F, turning as needed.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends!
Pro Tip: To prevent the skewers from burning when grilled, soak them in water for 30 minutes before threading the chicken onto the skewers.

Substitutions and Variations

Need to make a substitution? Here are some ideas for what you can swap out:

  • Add vegetables: For more color, thread some veggies in between the chicken pieces before grilling. Bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, zucchini, or even cherry tomatoes are fantastic options.
  • Add spice: If you like a spicier chicken marinade, add some hot sauce to the marinade to give the chicken a kick.
  • Add yogurt: Whole-milk yogurt can be used in place of mayonnaise in the marinade.
Grilled kabobs on skewers.

Serving Suggestions

These skewers pair well with so many foods, making them a great party idea.

REcipe FAQs

Can I bake the chicken?

You can bake the chicken in the oven at 425°F for 20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. You can also cook the chicken on an indoor grill or on a cast iron grill pan.

How long should I marinate the chicken?

For best results, marinade the chicken for at least 4 hours to achieve the most flavor. If you don’t have that time, aim for at least a few hours. You can make it the night before.

What kind of skewers do I use?

You can use wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes before adding the chicken, or metal skewers which won’t burn over the grill.

Can I taste the mayo?

You will not taste the mayo at all. The mayo acts as a tenderizer for the chicken.

Chicken kabobs topped with greens.

Store & Freeze

  • Storage. Store the leftover kebabs refrigerated for up to 4 days. For easy storage, disassemble and then store in an airtight container.
  • Freeze. To prep the chicken in advance, prepare the marinade, chop the chicken, and add to a freezer-safe bag. Zip it up, removing as much air as possible. Thaw in the fridge overnight the day before you cook the kebabs, then thread onto skewers and cook per instructions.
  • Reheat. Reheat the kebabs in a 350°F preheated oven until reheated. Or, microwave for a few minutes.

More Grilling Recipes

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Author: Valentina
Square image of chicken kabobs.
5 from 8 votes
An easy recipe for Grilled Chicken Kabobs! Chicken pieces in a light marinade grilled until crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
marinate-: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings


  • 3 lbs chicken breast (or thighs)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or canola oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp ground pepper


  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1” pieces.
  • Finely chop the parsley and cilantro. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic cloves, and herbs for the marinade.
  • Add the chicken to a large bowl and add in the marinade. Stir together to evenly coat the chicken in the marinade. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, soak the skewers in water to prevent burning over the grill.
  • Once marinated, thread the chicken pieces onto the wooden skewers.
  • Grill over medium heat, turning as needed until chicken is through.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends.


Marinade: The chicken can be marinated for 30 minutes, or overnight.
Chicken thighs: You can substitute chicken thighs for the breast for even juicier kebabs.
Freezing: The chicken can be frozen in the marinade prior to cooking in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw overnight before grilling per instructions.
Add veggies: For more color, thread chopped vegetables like onions, peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini in between chicken pieces.


599kcal Calories4g Carbs73g Protein31g Fat5g Saturated Fat221mg Cholesterol1700mg Sodium1300mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar521IU Vitamin A14mg Vitamin C26mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 599 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 1700mg74%
Potassium 1300mg37%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 73g146%
Vitamin A 521IU10%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)