Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

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These Lebanese-inspired Grilled Chicken Kabobs are seasoned with za’atar and served with a cool Laban Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs on a plate with rice pilaf
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce

These Grilled Chicken Kabobs are marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, za’atar, and garlic and served with a cucumber yogurt sauce on the side. You can use either chicken breasts or thighs. I use both depending on what I have on hand. Of course, breast is leaner so that means they’ll be a little drier than thighs, but both taste wonderful. Some other great grilled kabob options are these Grilled Shrimp Scampi Skewers, Grilled Salmon Kabobs, and Grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

I partnered with Stonyfield, my favorite yogurt brand to create this Lebanese inspired recipe using Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt which is smooth and creamy and so perfect here. I added cucumber, lemon juice, fresh mint and dill to the yogurt, to create a super simple sauce that goes perfectly with the grilled chicken. Stonyfield’s organic yogurt is my favorite because it’s made without toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs.

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Stonyfield yogurt container

What temperature should I grill chicken kabobs?

You should grill chicken kabobs on medium heat for about 12-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. You can grill them on an indoor or outdoor grill.

What should I serve with kabobs?

These healthy chicken kabobs are wonderful over a Greek salad or served with rice pilaf, sliced tomatoes, and red onion as pictured. You could also make a chicken pita stuffed with some fresh tomato and onion and topped with the yogurt sauce.

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Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

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266 Cals 41 Protein 4.5 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Lebanese
These Lebanese-inspired Chicken Kabobs are seasoned with za’atar and served with a cool Laban Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried za’atar or oregano
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • lemon wedges for serving

Cucumber Yogurt Dip (makes 1 1/4 cups)

  • 3/4 cup plain low fat plain Stonyfield yogurt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste

Instructions

To make the marinade:

  • Mix lemon juice, olive oil, za’atar, garlic, salt, and pepper together. Put chicken in a zip-locked bag and pour marinade over it. Marinate the chicken at least 2-3 hours or as long as overnight.
    raw marinated chicken in a bag

For the kabobs:

  • If using wooden skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes if grilling outdoors (I usually double them up so they are easier to turn).
  • Prepare the yogurt sauce by combining the ingredients in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  • Thread chicken onto the skewers. You should have 4 kabobs total.
  • Preheat the grill over medium heat, oil the grates and cook (indoor or outdoor grill works fine) until the chicken is cooked though, turning often about 12 to 15 minutes.
    Grilled Chicken Kabobs
  • Serve with lemon wedges and yogurt sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1kabob, 1/3 cup sauce, Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 4.5g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 595mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 3.5g
Blue Smart Points: 2
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 2
Keywords: chicken kabobs, grilled chicken

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Skinnytaste possible. All thoughts are my own. Photo credit: Jess Larson.

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49 comments

  1. This is a keeper. Made it today and going to make it again for Mothers Day! I used an indoor grill and it turned out perfect.

  2. I don’t have an indoor or outdoor grill and I really want to try this recipe. Can it go in the oven? At what temperature and how long? Thank you.

  3. My whole house is obsessed with this recipe. The chicken is just SO GOOD. Surprisingly my local Fred Meyer carried za’atar. Really enjoyed the flavor of the chicken, and marinating it made it so tender and really packed with flavor. Very easy too. This will definitely be a new normal dinner in our usual rotation.

  4. I am very excited to try this recipe, thank you!  I went to several stores looking for the za’atar spice, which I am unfamiliar with, and could not find it stocked. I searched both my local Stop and Shop and a specialty store. I was curious if this is a spice most have had to order online? I really appreciate all these great, healthy recipes! Thank you! 

    • I know you can sometimes find it at Trader Joes and Walmart. Amazon sells it as well.

      • Just want to say that I’ve made this recipes 5x since I found the za’ater (McCormack’s) from Amazon. Holy cow! My entire family loves it! My husband thinks it’s the best dish we make! I made the cucumber yogurt dip and it was better than the kind we get at any local restaurant. It is a meal in itself! I’m so grateful to have this healthy, amazingly delicious meal. Gina, you are the best! Thank you! 

      • Thanks Jackie! So glad you all enjoy it!!

  5. Is there a way to print the recipe. I’m excited to try some of them. I am trying to get my family healthier.

  6. WOW! Who knew dinner could be so easy and yet so delicious?!?! We devoured this recipe- kids, toddler and the hubby! We served with warm pita, hummus and tzaziki. We will will definitely be making this again!

  7. I was wondering how many calories for just the kabob and no sauce.

  8. This is an absolute keeper. The flavor of the marinade was so delicious and the yogurt sauce went perfectly with it. I made the following changes but it is perfect as is. Firstly, I added a teaspoon of honey to the marinade, just to add a hint of sweetness. I also omitted the mint from the yogurt sauce, since I didn’t have any and am not the biggest fan of it. Lastly, I used fat free Greek yogurt. I made a point of making the sauce earlier in the day to give the ingredients a little time to meld together and chill in the fridge. I have used similar marinades using different herbs such as thyme or tarragon and it is always so good. I didn’t even add a starch to the meal. I just roasted some cauliflower and broccoli and enjoyed it!

  9. So juicy and flavorful! Was only able to marinate for 15 minutes and it still turned out wonderful! Served with steamed asparagus and naan and hummus on the side.

  10. This is an instant favorite of ours! Followed the recipe exactly, and served the chicken over a simple greek salad. It was so light, delicious and flavorful! Since it’s just me and my husband, we left half of the chicken to marinade overnight and made this again for lunch–even better the second time!

  11. This is an instant favorite of ours! Followed the recipe exactly, and served the chicken over a simple greek salad. It was so light, delicious and flavorful! Since it’s just me and my husband, we left half of the chicken to marinade overnight and made this again for lunch–even better the second time!

  12. I’ve made this meal as is and we loved it so much that the marinade has become our go to for grilled thighs and breasts. It is so good! We add extra lemon juice but everything else is to the recipe. Such great flavor!

  13. This meal was delicious! Super easy to prep before breakfast and quick to grill up after work! Lots of flavors! So good, definitely going into the family dinner rotation. (Next time I’m going to serve them with pitas.)

  14. I made this today and it was wonderful. I marinated the chicken for about 6 hours and it was so flavorful. The cucumber yogurt sauce paired amazingly so do noott skip it lol it really complements the chicken so perfectly. My fiancé loved it as well. Thank you! 

  15. I just made this tonight and it is wonderful! Being single, I halved the recipe. I will have leftovers for tomorrow night. I served with the Rice-a-roni and red onions, and grilled tomato. Definitely a keeper!

  16. This dish was amazing! I made it tonight and everyone, including my kids, loved it! I served it with the spiralized  Greek salad which my children say is their favorite and it was just amazing!
    (This is the third Skinnytaste recipe I’ve made this week! )

  17. Did anyone find there wasn’t enough marinade to cover all of the chicken? 

  18. We absolutely loved this recipe and we’ll definitely make this again. We ate these in 1 point tortillas with some tomato. I also served this with asparagus, thinking that we may still feel hungry. We didn’t need it. I prepped everything in the morning which made it nice and fast when it was dinner time.

  19. I love skinnytaste recipes because she uses real ingredients. I usually make beef ka-bobs using store bought Italian dressing for the marinade. My family always asks for them in the summer until I made the chicken-ka-bobs using this recipe. It has instantly become a family favorite, probably the most requested meal during the summer. I love to use leftovers (if there are any) for salad the next day or for a chicken gyro.

  20. This was outstanding!!!  The Zaatar in the marinade gave the kebabs great flavor.  The cucumber yogurt sauce was the icing on the cake!  This is going on my “Company Worthy/Crowd Pleaser” list.

  21. Good flavors but I would almost double all of the seasonings except for the salt & pepper next time. I did double the mint & dill for the sauce after tasting the chicken & was satisfied with the results.

  22. Made this for dinner tonight. Followed recipe exactly except for the mint (but did buy the dill).  Served with cilantro rice and sautéed squash. It was absolutely delicious – company worthy!

  23. Just made this. It’s delicious!!  So much flavor. Will be making regularly!

  24. I always intend to make recipes, but I got the email for this recipe right when I was deciding what to make with chicken breasts. I made it that same night. I didn’t marinate the chicken as long as suggested and I couldn’t find dill at the last minute. It still came out great. I’ll definitely be making again. I also made rice pilaf and a salad on the side. Another great recipe from Gina. Thanks!

  25. Defjnitely making this one! Just a thought, Cedar’s makes a delicious tzatziki sauce that contains the same ingredients as mentioned sauce. You can get it at BJ’s wholesale club. Also, lots of supermarkets sell it too. Just saying, saves time to buy it all prepared.

  26. Flavorful and simple- perfect for a weeknight! 

  27. I’m not a fan of mint. If I leave it out will it change the taste too much?

  28. Quick question serving size is one kabob? Are you counting a kabob as a stick or as a single chunk ? I normally count each chunk as a kabob. This is why I am asking,sorry if this seems like a stupid question.

  29. Gina,

    On my WW calculate smart points value app when I put in the nutritional details i come up with this recipe being 5 smart points on the purple plan, not 2. Why is this?

    • Depends on chicken breast or chicken thighs. I used thighs.

      • Gina: If you use thighs, why is it 2 smart points? It should be even higher than 2. I use the WW caloric calculator and it gave me 5 points, yet yours states 2. Forgive me for the questions, I just started WW and I am confused. Thx.

      • this is based on breast meat

      • I prepared everything as listed in the recipe, marinaded the chicken 24 hours, cooked on the top shelf of the grill, and the kabobs were perfect. First time for making kabobs and using za’atar; my (picky eater) husband and I really enjoyed it. Thank you Gina for another excellent recipe!

  30. Good question Patrice. I am wondering when the oregano or zaatar come in too.

  31. Hi !! I just found your website today and I LOVE IT !!! I CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY ONE OF YOUR RECIPES!

  32. When does the oregano come in??

  33. Hi, I love so many of your recipes and ideas! Should the plain yogurt be plain Greek yogurt?