Chicken Kebab Marinade

Cyd Converse

Looking for the perfect chicken kebab marinade? Here's a great recipe to try - and we have some more good ideas for you too!

Are you looking for a delicious lunch or dinner recipe that is full of flavor and requires minimal prep and cooking time? You are in luck!

These Saffron-Yogurt Chicken Kebabs are succulent and juicy and bursting with flavor. Chicken kebabs are very versatile, and you can create a range of different flavors profiles using a variety of seasonings.

Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Photo

With Middle Eastern roots, kebabs are known for their succulent meat. This is typically skewered and cooked over fire, charring it to perfection and sealing in the juices and flavor.

Kebabs are not limited to just chicken either, so you really get creative with the flavors you create and the meats you use.

Marinating kebabs

One of the best ways to really infuse the kebab meat with flavor is to use a good marinade

Mediterranean flavors are perfect for marinating chicken kebabs. Here are some great flavor combinations to try:

Minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper

Lemon, olive oil, cilantro, minced garlic, salt and pepper

Paprika, cumin, chili flakes, ketchup, salt and pepper

Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Picture

You should always marinate the chicken for a minimum of two hours, but for the best texture and flavor aim for 6 hours or more.

It is also best to chop your chicken before marinating so that the seasonings have a larger surface area through which to permeate.

If you prefer to marinate your chicken breasts whole before preparing them for the skewers, we would recommend creating slits throughout the breasts. Again, this will incrase  the surface area and allow more of the flavor from the  marinade to infuse into the chicken.

Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Image

As chicken kebabs are so versatile, you can serve up a whole range of sides with them! Traditionally, warmed pitta bread and salad are served as accompaniments, but you can also serve grilled vegetables, pilaf rice, cous cous or fries – the options are endless! 

Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs Pic

If you plan to use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water first to prevent them catching fire.

Metal skewers are typically considered best as they are reusable and won’t catch fire. On the downside, they can get extremely hot... so grill with caution! 

More kebab recipes

Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs

Paleo Indian Chicken Kebabs

Gluten Free Teriyaki Chicken Skewers


Chicken Kebab Marinade

      4 Servings


  • 3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt, made with whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
  • zest and juice from one Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Thyme
  • 2 cloves Chopped Garlics
  • 1/2 teaspoon Saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 pinch of Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pinch of Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces


  1. Mix the yogurt, oil, lemon zest and juice, thyme, garlic, saffron, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper i a bowl.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium-high. 
  4. Thread the chicken pieces onto six 10-inch skewers and season well. 
  5. Grill for about 6 to 8 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked through. 
  6. Drizzle with oil and serve.
Source: Martha Stewart
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: Martha Stewart
Recipe Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 386 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 308
Calories 621

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 1mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 62g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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