Lemon garlic chicken kebabs – the name of this recipe is much trickier than the method, I promise you. I’m sure you’ll love this dish. If you follow Slimming World guidelines, you can also have it as a Slimming World chicken kebab.

It is easy to make for the BBQ or on the grill. If you have a George Foreman-type grill or teppanyaki this can easily be cooked on that too!

Chicken kebabs
Chicken kebabs

When to enjoy lemon garlic chicken kebabs

With the weather heating up right now, many of us dream about BBQs. A time to gather family members and friends around the patio to eat, drink and be merry. If that sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend, then get this recipe added to your barbeque repertoire.

(Of course, if you’re not keen on al fresco dining, this can be made and devoured indoors, too!)

The combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice (or Jif) and crushed garlic (using a garlic press) is great. It’s not too strong.

Herbs add freshness to food. This makes it feel lighter and healthier.

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Disclaimer: Just Average Jen is not connected with any weight loss plan. Please check nutritional values and/or syns yourself as these are approximate to the best of my knowledge.

Enjoying this recipe on diets

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances.

It is important to check yourself for any plan you follow. Remember to check the recipe card for all nutritional information and ingredients.

This meal is ideal for Slimming World followers. It is also suitable for those who are gluten-free or dairy-free. Omit the yoghurt or use a dairy-free yoghurt for a gluten-free and dairy-free meal.

This meal is popular with families. No more arguments about what to eat when you plan ahead!

Making this a Slimming World chicken kebab

If you are looking for the syns in this recipe then the only syns are in the olive oil. You can reduce the amount of olive oil. Alternatively, you can omit it and add a little water. It will change the taste slightly but if it helps your plan this week then the choice is yours.

Olive oil is synned at 6 syns per tbsp (approx). This recipe serves four portions. It requires four tablespoons in total. Therefore, each portion is approximately six syns.

Step-by-step instructions for this recipe

Place all ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl and mix them to combine well. ⁣

raw chicken pieces

Cut your chicken into cubes of about 1 inch and pour the marinade over the chicken. Rub well to ensure all chicken pieces are well coated.⁣

marinaded chicken

For better flavour, cover and let it marinate for at least an hour, up to 24hrs or overnight in the fridge. Can also be frozen marinated.⁣

Once marinated or coated, start skewering pieces of chicken into bamboo skewers. 

cooked chicken kebabs

Place chicken in sticks and grill on medium heat until charred then flip over. Once their charred on both sides and perfectly cooked inside, serve hot.

Can be served with your favourite dip, in a tortilla, in a pizza bread or with salad or on their own!

The best way to cook the kebabs

There are a number of methods you can use to cook these kebabs. All will give you a similar taste but a slightly different appearance.

If you want to BBQ these kebabs then be sure to check that they are thoroughly cooked to reduce the risk of food poisoning. It is easy with BBQs to cook at too high a heat and heat the outside but not as well into the middle.

To cook these kebabs under the grill be sure to turn them halfway through cooking. They will burn easily if you are not careful.

To cook chicken kebabs on an electric grill such as the George Foreman grill be careful to ensure the end pieces of chicken are thoroughly cooked as sometimes those at the ends take a little longer to cook.

Did you know you can air fry chicken kebabs? They will cook just as well but not have a charred appearance.

If you are air-frying your chicken kebabs remember to check the length of your skewers! Either use smaller skewers or simply cook the chicken pieces loosely instead of on a skewer!

Four pictures of chicken kebabs

Easy adaptions to try

These lemon garlic chicken kebabs could easily be made with pork instead of chicken for an alternative flavour.

Another meat this recipe would be perfect with it turkey, especially if you buy it cheap in a post-Christmas sale!

If you are vegetarian these chicken kebabs could be made as Quorn kebabs or tofu kebabs easily. Tofu doesn’t skewer as well and splits easily so be sure to use firm tofu and cut it into larger pieces than you would for chicken.

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Chicken kebabs

Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken Kebabs recipe

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

This recipe is really easy. I’m sure you’ll love it. It will quickly become a family favourite. It’s also easy to make when you have a BBQ or guests over.


Ingredients

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500g chicken breast

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)

2 garlic cloves, mashed

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp sumac

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Optional: 2 tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt


Instructions

Place all ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl and mix them to combine well. ⁣

Cut your chicken into cubes of about 1 inch and pour the marinade over the chicken. Rub well to ensure all chicken pieces are well coated.⁣

For better flavour, cover and let it marinate for at least an hour, up to 24hrs or overnight in the fridge. Can also be frozen marinated.⁣

Once marinated or coated, start skewering pieces of chicken into bamboo skewers. 

Place chicken in sticks and grill on medium heat until charred then flip over. Once their charred on both sides and perfectly cooked inside, serve hot. Can be served with your favourite dip, in a tortilla, with salad or on their own!


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