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Cilantro & Lemon Marinated Chicken Kabobs

Cook the onions first so there’s plenty of room on the grill for the chicken skewers. Give the whole platter a spritz of lemon for a sunshiny delight. —Moumita Ghosh, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 serrano peppers, sliced
  • 1 piece fresh gingerroot (1 inch), coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 medium sweet onions, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • Lemon wedges


  • In a large bowl, toss chicken with lemon juice and salt; let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place water, yogurt, herbs, peppers, ginger and garlic in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Stir into chicken mixture; refrigerate, covered, 2 hours.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Brush onions with 2 tablespoons oil. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 10-12 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.
  • Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Thread chicken onto six metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 10-12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning occasionally and brushing with remaining oil during the last 4 minutes. Serve with grilled onions and lemon wedges.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 kabob with 1/2 grilled onion: 224 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • KarenKeefe
    Jan 26, 2021

    Served these with wild rice as a side. They were enjoyed by all guests!

  • justmbeth
    Jun 8, 2019

    Moist with subtle flavors.

  • cindiak
    Mar 8, 2019

    So delicious and flavorful. I added more cilantro, but that's just a personal preference.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Feb 27, 2017

    This was very good! Simple dish with lots of flavor!

  • aug2295
    Aug 28, 2016

    This was awesome. Alongside the chicken and onions, I grilled naan brushed with olive oil and garlic, and cut it into pieces, then served the chicken and onion over it with white sauce and feta. Got rave reviews.

  • janeenj
    Apr 26, 2015

    My husband and I both love Indian food and these skewers were fabulous. For a weeknight meal, I made the marinade the night before, added the chicken before leaving for work, and was ready to start grilling when I got home. Chicken was fine with the extra marinating time. Flavorful and reminiscent of tandoori chicken.

  • matteliz
    Apr 25, 2015

    Delicious!! My family raved and devoured them, even the little ones. Bright lemon flavor goes nicely with the green herbs. Quick and easy--I didn't think it took as much time as the recipe suggests ("prep 40 min.).

  • Kittygyrl
    Apr 11, 2015

    I tried these out on a crowd. Because they were the grand prize winner, I wasn't worried. Boy were they delicious!! SO much flavor! I followed the recipe to the letter, making 2 batches. Next time I'll soak a few toothpicks when I do my wooden skewers and put a couple in each side of the onion slices to hold...I lost a couple in the grill. Soooo good!! Everyone raved! Thank you, Moumita!