These lemon and herb grilled chicken skewers are a delicious taste of summertime. Is there anything better than summertime grilling? It is such a classic, nostalgic way to spend a summer evening, or even a summer day. My dad grilled all the time. I can see him with a cool beverage in hand (classic coors can when I was younger, wine or bourbon in his later years), standing next to his classic Weber grill filled with charcoal briquettes, often with lighter fluid as was the way back then - one tradition of his I have not carried on. Sorry, dad! I always loved watching and learning his process. From lighting the charcoal, to waiting for them to get ashy and gray before he spread them and placed the grate on top. It was all very ceremonious and kind of magical to me when I was young.
I'm a big fan of grilling on both gas and charcoal. I appreciate the convenience and quickness of gas, but I do love the nostalgic process and the flavor of charcoal grilling. These lemon + herb grilled chicken skewers will be perfect on any type of grill and even on a grill pan if you want to stay inside and still enjoy those grill marks. And, of course, they will be fine on a flat top griddle or large skillet as well.
The fresh oregano, dill, and lemon in the marinade really give these chicken skewers strong Greek/Mediterranean vibes. So I like to drive that flavor profile all the way home with a platter full of feta, fresh veggies, hummus, olives, etc. It is such a satisfying yet healthy meal and I mean it when I say we eat a variation of this meal all summer long and even in the colder months.
Because of the lemon juice in the marinade and how thinly the chicken is sliced, these do not need a long marination time. I like to make the marinade right in the bowl I'll add the chicken to. Then, I thinly slice the chicken into ribbons and add it straight to the bowl. A quick hand wash and I get the grill going while the chicken marinades for about 20 minutes. (I let it sit out at room temp for this, but if you're concerned feel free to stash it in the fridge for those 20 minutes)
What to serve with these grilled chicken skewers
Here is a list of my favorite accompaniments:
- flat bread, naan, pita
- yogurt sauce
- cucumber salad
- fresh herbs
- grilled lemons
- grilled veggies/peppers
And don't forget something cool to sip on. A crisp white or rosé wine is my preference. Of course you can't go wrong with some ice cold beers.
I hope you enjoy this meal! Happy grilling! xo - AnitaPrint