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Chicken Spiedini – Grilled Chicken Skewers

February 9, 2020 (Last Updated: August 5, 2020) by Emily

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The easiest Chicken Spiedini made with tender and juicy chicken and a simple flavour packed marinade. These Italian chicken skewers are grilled to perfection and taste incredible, so easy and healthy they’re perfect for whipping up when you’re short on time or want a fuss-free dinner!

An overhead shot of chicken spiedini with grilled veg and arugula at the side

Spiedino in Italian translates as meat skewer (spiedini meaning plural) so essentially chicken spiedini are a little mash up of Italian and English to mean chicken skewers.

After a little research, I noticed that this dish in the US usually involves breaded chicken with some kind of dipping sauce but when I think of chicken skewers especially Italian ones I think of juicy, grilled chicken with nothing more than a few simple herbs.

There are no breadcrumbs involved here which makes them not only lighter and healthier but so much easier to make!

I absolutely LOVE this recipe especially with some grilled veggies and arugula on the side. You can grill these outdoors when the sun is shining or do them indoors under the broiler any time of year!

Prepping in advance

One essential step you need to do prior to cooking is to soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes in advance.

If you don’t soak the skewers they will burn whilst cooking which ain’t fun!

Of course, if you use metal skewers then there’s no need to do this step and you can skip straight to marinading the chicken!

If you want to prep everything in advance so it’s just the case of broiling (grilling) when you are ready to eat then you can marinate the chicken and store it in the fridge until you are ready to eat.

How to make Chicken Spiedini – step by step

If using wooden skewers, soak them in a tray of water for 30 minutes (photo 1).

Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubed pieces and add to a bowl. Add all the herbs, zest, olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined (photos 2-3).

Step by step photos for making chicken spiedini

Two photos showing chicken threaded onto skewers before and after being cooked

Heat the broiler (grill) to high. Thread the chicken onto the wooden skewers evenly and place on a baking tray (photo 5).

Place the chicken on a high shelf under the broiler and cook for 5 minutes, turn the skewers and cook for another 5 minutes until browned and cooked through (photo 6).

Serve the chicken skewers on plate with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Serving suggestions and variations

I love to serve these Italian chicken skewers with grilled veggies such as zucchini, eggplant (courgette/aubergine) or bell peppers. A generous handful of arugula (rocket) drizzle with a little olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkled with salt and pepper makes for a perfect healthy and nutritious side.

Here are a few other ideas that would work perfectly;

A side shot of 3 chicken spiedini stacked on top of each other

Top tips for making this recipe

  • Make sure to soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes so they don’t burn, it’s super important.
  • Cut the chicken into even pieces so they all cook at the same time.
  • Feel free to play around with flavours using different herbs and spices these are so versatile!
  • You can grill these outdoors during the summer it’ll also give them an extra smoky flavour.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or under the broiler (grill) until piping hot all the way through or eat cold. Serve with salad or any sides you like.
  • You can freeze these either before cooking or after, make sure to thaw overnight before cooking.
  • If cooking on an outdoor grill or BBQ they’ll need only around 3 minutes each side.

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Chicken Spiedini - Italian Chicken Skewers

The easiest Chicken Spiedini made with tender and juicy chicken and a simple flavour packed marinade. These Italian chicken skewers are grilled to perfection and taste incredible, so easy and healthy they're perfect for whipping up when you're short on time or want a fuss-free dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • Zest of 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice for serving

Instructions

  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in a tray of water for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubed pieces and add to a bowl.
  • Add all the herbs, zest, olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined. You can use the chicken immediately or place in the fridge to marinate until you're ready.
  • Heat the broiler (grill) to high. Thread the chicken onto the wooden skewers evenly and place on a baking tray.
  • Place the chicken on a high shelf under the broiler and cook for 5 minutes, turn the skewers and cook for another 5 minutes until browned and cooked through.
  • Serve the chicken skewers on plate with a squeeze of lemon juice and some grilled veggies.

Notes

  • Make sure to soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes so they don't burn, it's super important.
  • Cut the chicken into even pieces so they all cook at the same time.
  • Feel free to play around with flavours using different herbs and spices these are so versatile!
  • You can grill these outdoors during the summer it'll also give them an extra smoky flavour.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or under the broiler (grill) until piping hot all the way through or eat cold. Serve with salad or any sides you like.
  • You can freeze these either before cooking or after, make sure to thaw overnight before cooking.
  • If cooking on an outdoor grill or BBQ they'll need only around 3 minutes each side.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Tawnie Kroll
    February 9, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    The step by step photos were so helpful! Thank you for a delicious recipe!!5 stars

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    February 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    These chicken spiedini look perfect. I love that the chicken marinade is simple and healthy. Perfect for a summer lunch in the garden!5 stars

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    Jordin
    February 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Yum, these grilled chicken skewers look amazing! I cant wait to make these for my family, they will love them… and I love how easy they are to make!5 stars

  • Reply
    Cindy
    February 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    So fresh and so light! We are always trying new recipes as a family to make meal time ..a family time! This recipe looks delicious!5 stars

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