Greek-Inspired Grilled Chicken Skewers with Squash Ribbons

Greek-Inspired Grilled Chicken Skewers with Squash Ribbons

The weather is getting warmer and that mean it’s time to start grilling!

These Greek-Inspired Grilled Chicken Skewers with Squash Ribbons are by far one of my favorite things to whip up when the grilling mood strikes.

Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a blend of minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and Greek-inspired herbs and spices, paired with thinly sliced zucchini and squash ribbons.

You will love this one for it’s simplicity and yet bold flavors. Serve them with feta cheese and cucumber dill yogurt.

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Grilled Chicken Skewers Ingredients:

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Yellow Squash & Zucchini– thinly sliced. Squash ribbons, once grilled, come out soft and tender.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

For Marinade:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Minced Garlic
  • Spices & Herbs– dried oregano, dried basil, onion powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, dried dill, salt, fresh cracked pepper.

How to Serve Grilled Chicken Skewers:

  • Toppings– I like to serve these Greek-inspired chicken kebabs with tangy feta cheese and tzatziki, a dill-cucumber yogurt sauce. I love how the cool sauce contrasts with the warm grilled chicken and squash ribbons.
  • Pita Bread– is a must! You can use it to wipe up all of the extra fallen delicious bits from your plate or use it to wrap your grilled chicken and vegetables like a gyro.
  • Salad– A simple salad of olive, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions tossed with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.

Substitutions & Variations:

  • Don’t feel like making spice blend? No worries! Use can mix 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of a pre-made Greek Seasoning Blend. I like using Cavenders!
  • If you find your kabobs need a touch more acid, try adding a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice.
  • Not a chicken fan? You can substitute chicken tenders for pork tenderloin.
Grilled Chicken Skewers- Must Love Garlic

Equipment Needed:

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How to Make Grilled Chicken Skewers:

  • Marinate Chicken– in a medium mixing bowl, mix together all marinade ingredients. Cut chicken tenders into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl. Toss to well combine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate chicken for at least 1 hour.

  • Slice Zucchini & Squash
    • Using a mandolin slicer, carefully slice zucchini and squash. You want the thickness of your slices to be thin enough that they bend easily without snapping, but thick enough to hold their shape.
    • Drizzle slices with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of pepper. Toss to combine until all slices are coated.

  • Preheat Grill & Construct Skewers
    • Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Let preheat for at least 10 minutes before grilling.
    • Meanwhile, construct skewers. Add 1 piece of chicken to skewer, next fold a slice of squash or zucchini back and forth to create ‘ribbon’. Slide squash ribbon onto skewers and repeat with 2-3 more slices.
    • Continue this process until each skewer has about 4 pieces of chicken.

  • Grill-
    • add skewers to grill, and grill 5-7 minutes on one side, flip and grill 5-7 minutes on the other. Internal temperatures should reach 160F.
    • If skewers stick to grill, use tongs to gently wiggle them free. Remove skewers from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite toppings. (See serving suggestions above)
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Tips & Recipe Notes:

  • If skewers begin to stick to the grill, use your tongs to gently wiggle them free. Doing this will help keep the zucchini and squash from ripping.
  • When slicing squash and zucchini, you want the thickness to be thin enough that it bends without snapping but thick enough that it won’t disintegrate when exposed to heat. Think about 4 pages thick.
  • If you don’t want to make your own spice blend, use a pre-made Greek seasoning. My favorite is Cavender’s and it’s good on almost anything.
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki and Feta- Must Love Garlic

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Greek-Inspired Grilled Chicken Skewers with Squash Ribbons

Tender, juicy grilled chicken skewers marinated in a blend of garlic, lemon, and Greek-inspired herbs and spices, paired with squash ribbons
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Marinade Time: 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 34 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Mandolin Slicer
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Grill or Grill Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 squash medium to large
  • 1 zucchini medium to large
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

For Marinade:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic about 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Suggested Toppings:

  • Tzatziki
  • Feta

Instructions
 

  • Marinate Chicken- in a medium mixing bowl, mix together all marinade ingredients. Cut chicken tenders into bite sized pieces and add to mixing bowl. Toss to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Slice Zucchini & Squash- using a mandolin slicer, carefully slice zucchini and squash. You want the thickness of your slices to be thin enough so that they bend easily without snapping, , but thick enough to hold their shape. Drizzle slices with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Preheat Grill & Construct Skewers- Preheat grill to medium-high. Let preheat for at least 10 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, construct skewers. Add 1 piece of chicken to skewer, next fold a slice of squash or zucchini back and forth to create ‘ribbon’. Slide squash ribbon onto skewers and repeat with 2-3 more slices. Continue this process until each skewer has about 4 pieces of chicken.
  • Grill- add skewers to grill, and grill 5-7 minutes on one side, flip and 5-7 minutes on the other. Internal temperatures should reach 160F. If skewers stick to grill, use tongs to gently wiggle them free. Remove skewers from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite toppings.
Keyword chicken, feta cheese, kabobs, kebabs, skewers, tzatziki, yellow squash, zucchini

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