Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs

July 21, 2015

Mediterranean chicken shish kabobs marinated with lemon and rosemary on a skewer with garlic stuffed olives, lemons and cherry tomatoes.Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

DINNER on a STICK has never been so easy! Kabobs is short for shish kabobs and is sometimes spelled like "kebobs". Mediterranean chicken kabobs are great for entertaining and casual gatherings as all the prep work can be done ahead and they grill up in less than 15 minutes.

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

It is the height of the grilling season here in Hong Kong and Mother Nature has decided to make grilling outdoors a little amusing with some sidewise rain and monsoon winds. I have no plans to practice my short of long game of golf off my balcony and into the China sea, but that rain umbrella comes in handy when you are grilling. Wait a minute that does sound fun, it you hit a shrimp boat or a container ship with your golf ball you get extra points and a personal visit from the coast guard... LOL

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

This recipe starts out with a super easy chicken marinade. With just 5 little ingredients it is super easy to make; olive oil, rosemary, lemon zest, pepper and garlic. If you can remember to throw your chicken in with the simple marinade in the morning before you leave to work, you deserve a prize.  However, if you did not remember no worries, as even just as little as 15 minutes of marinating time whilst you are heating up the grill and preparing the other veggies and you are good to go.

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

You are just going to love these delicious Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs as the lemons on the skewers really give a nice bright flavor to the dish. However the star of the show are the grilled olives on the kabobs.

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

Oh my word, the olives are so delicious. I love how they get that little golden brown char on the olives when you grill them. The olive skins gets all wrinkly and they spread the love of their slightly salty and aromatic flavors on to the chicken. Now lets not forget about those gorgeous cherry tomatoes that are literally bursting with flavour.

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

This is an easy, low carb, gluten-free and diabetic friendly meal. If you want a cardiac friendly option then you will have to remove or reduce the amount of olives as they are high in sodium.

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

Today is just a quick recipe as I need to scurry back outside a cook before the heavens decide open up again. Wishing everyone a super week!

Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs / http://bamskitchen.com

 

 

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Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs

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July 21, 2015

Simple and easy Mediterranean chicken shish kabobs marinated with lemon and rosemary on a skewer with garlic stuffed olives, lemons and cherry tomatoes.

  • Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

chicken breasts - 5 half boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon zest - 1 teaspoon

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

rosemary - 1 tablespoon minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried

garlic - 2 garlic cloves minced

black pepper - to taste or about 1/2 teaspoon

Kabobs

wooden skewers - 8-10 soaked in water for about 1/2 hour before use

lemon - 2 lemons (sliced into little sliced wedges)

olives - 12 or as needed (I used large garlic stuffed green olives that were pitted but you can use any olives you like kalmata would be nice)

tomatoes - 12 cherry tomatoes or as needed

salt and pepper - to taste (take it easy on the salt as the olives are naturally salty)

Directions

1In a sealed plastic bag or container with lid mix together your chicken, lemon zest, olive oil, rosemary, garlic and pepper and mix well. Set aside in refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes but best overnight or before your leave for work in the morning.

2Soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using (to prevent burning). If you are lucky enough to have the metal kabob skewers, lucky you and you can skip this step.

3Preheat your grill to a medium setting. Take one pre-soaked skewer and thread on a piece of chicken to about 2 inches from the end and then thread on a slice of lemon, then a olive, then a tomato and a piece of chicken and then start the whole process over again with the remaining chicken and kabob items. Fill the kabobs so they are full in the middle but have about 2 inches of space on the ends.

4Lightly oil grill grates. Place your Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs on the grill and season with salt and pepper to taste. They do not need too much salt as the olives are salty. Grill on each side for about 6-7 minutes on each side or about 12-15 minutes or until the chicken juices are clear. Do not overcook the chicken. 

5Enjoy Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs hot off the grill with a nice tossed salad to stay low on carbs.

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