My favorite Chicken Kabobs recipe requires just a few simple ingredients and is the most delicious summer dinner! Tender, juicy chicken is marinated and grilled with peppers and onion and the entire dish can be made ahead of time.
Six chicken kebabs on bamboo skewers with bell pepper and onion, served on a wood board.
You are going to absolutely LOVE this simple, delicious chicken kabobs recipe. The chicken is marinated in my favorite grilled chicken marinade that pairs perfectly with the chunks of bell pepper and onion. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, uses fresh, healthy ingredients and requires very little cleanup. Make it alongside my Marinated Steak Kabobs, or spice things up and make my Cajun Chicken and Sausage Kebabs.

Kebab, Kabob, or Shish Kebab–what’s the difference?

These three terms are often used interchangeably. A kebab is a skewered meat dish that originated in the middle east. A shish kebab is a type of kebab originating in Turkey and meaning a skewer of roasted meat (often lamb) and vegetables.
Kabob is an American or Western way of pronouncing kebab, and both kebab and kabob refer to the delicious meal that is chunks of meat grilled on a skewer.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Soy sauce
  • Sprite
  • Oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Horseradish
  • Chicken
  • Bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Wooden skewers

The ingredients for chicken kebabs included chunks of marinated chicken in a bowl surrounded by chopped purple onion, bell pepper and bamboo skewers.

How to Make Chicken Kabobs:

  • Make the marinade.  Add soy sauce, oil, sprite, garlic powder and horseradish to a large ziplock bag.
  • Cut the chicken. Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and add it to a gallon size resealable bag. Marinate for 1-3 hours.
  • Slice the vegetables.
  • Prepare your skewers. Thread the chicken and chopped vegetables alternately onto the wooden skewers, keeping a little space between each piece.
  • Grill or oven cook.

A sheet pan lined with chicken kebabs ready to be grilled.

How to make kabobs in the oven:

If you don’t have a grill available, you can make chicken kebabs in the oven or on a grill pan on your stove. To cook chicken kebabs in the oven, turn your oven to 450°F.  Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and gently spray it with non-stick spray.  Evenly space the kabobs on the baking sheet and cook them in the oven for 15-25 minutes.  Cook time will very depending on how large the pieces of meat are.

Serve with:

Chicken kebabs on bamboo skewers with yellow, red, and green bell pepper chunks and purple onion.
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Recipe

Chicken kebabs on bamboo skewers with yellow, red, and green bell pepper chunks and purple onion.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Marinate 2 hrs
Total 2 hrs 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sprite (not diet)
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish , plain or horseradish sauce
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or chicken tenders), cut into 1'' chunks
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), sliced into large chunks)
  • 1 sweet onion (or purple onion), sliced into large chunks
  • wooden or bamboo skewers

Instructions
 

Marinade:

  • Add soy sauce, oil, sprite, garlic powder and horseradish to a large ziplock bag.

Assembly:

  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch chunks and add it to the marinade. Marinate for 1-3 hours.
  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes (this will help keep them from burning while cooking on the grill). Thread the chicken and chopped vegetables alternately onto the skewers, keeping a little space between each piece.
  • Heat grill to medium-high and grease lightly with oil. 
  • Grill the kebabs for just a few minutes on each side (about 5 minutes), until chicken pieces are cooked through. Allow the kebabs to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: Make the chicken marinade and cut the vegetables 1-3 days in advance. Marinate the chicken for up to 6 hours ahead of time. 
Oven Instructions: If you don't have a grill available, you can make chicken kebabs in the oven or on a grill pan on your stove. To cook chicken kebabs in the oven, turn your oven to 450°F.  Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and gently spray it with non-stick spray.  Evenly space the kabobs on the baking sheet and cook them in the oven for 15-25 minutes.  Cook time will very depending on how large the pieces of meat are.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 768mgPotassium: 645mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1105IUVitamin C: 47.4mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1.1mg

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I originally shared this recipe June 2013. Updated June 2019 and July 2021.

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Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. I enjoy almost anything cooked on a grill, just too yummy! These kabobs are simple and fast, what’s not to like?!
    Looking forward to reading your future post on grilled veggies, big veggie eaters here. 🙂

  2. Oh these look scrummy!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focusing on favourite chicken recipes this week, Alice x

  3. I am planning a luau party in Feb! these sound great. I have two questions …
    1. do you think a chunk of pineapple would work on these along with the rest of the ingredients?
    2. it’s the middle of winter in Western NY and 12 degrees lol should I pan fry or oven roast? Flavor wise

    thank you
    Tricia