Naturally gluten free, these lemon and herb grilled chicken kebabs have the perfect balance of lemon and spice. The crazy amount of garlic helps offset what could be an intense lemon flavor creating a light and delicious summertime meal. I love one-pot meals. In this case it's a one-grill meal. No need to turn the oven on - just skewer your meat and veggies and enjoy washing minimal dishes! This is one of our favorite meals to eat on a lazy Sunday afternoon when you don't want to slave over the stove but want something healthy and filling. Skewer your favorite fruits and veggies for an easy side.
This meal was a turning point in our house this week. The busyness of May with end-of-school activities, dentist appointments, soccer, Mother's day planning and a husband traveling for work left me exhausted and at the end of my patience with little ones who were desperately in need of a home filled love and grace. I knew our day needed to be different. It HAD to be different. I'm not sure we would've survived if it wasn't. With the help of my eldest, we skewered meat, fruit and veggies. The middle spread a blanket in the yard while the boy happily watered plants. At the request of the kids, we de-skewered everything into one large bowl and with fork in hand, ate. I have no clue who ate what, how much each child ate of fruit, veggies or protein. And I didn't care. Everything was gone, including the zucchini which they usually avoid. We watched planes float across the sky. We talked about flowering trees. We watched our cat "play" with a baby bunny. For that brief moment in our week we just were. And it was good. It transformed what was left in the week, even if it was only my attitude. Meals have the power to do that, don't they? To provide nourishment beyond the tangible. To bring peace, healing and unity. Make no mistake - this didn't just happen. It came at the cost of choosing different. I'm so glad we did.
One word of caution...and one I've learned the hard way too many times...is to not overcook your chicken. The little pieces of chicken cook really fast and will dry out if they're cooked too long. Use a digital cooking thermometer for accurate results.
Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken Kebab
- 2 chicken breasts cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 2 lemons approx.4 Tbs
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup chopped fresh herbs of your choice I used 3 Tbs thyme, 3 Tbs parsley, 1 Tbs rosemary and 1 Tbs basil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3-5 Metal or wooden skewers
- Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl, such as glass, ceramic, or plastic gallon bag, and toss chicken to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
- Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Place chicken on a skewer and discard remaining oil and juice. Grill on each side 3-4 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Be careful not to over-cook as the chicken will dry out.