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Ukrainian people love shish kabobs. My sister Svetlana made these grilled garlic Chicken Skewers at her housewarming party. It was love at first taste. She got the recipe from my cousin Katya in Washington. It’s simple and very good. I was always just marinating in mayo.

The addition of ranch and “as much garlic as you can handle” (-Katya) makes this the most mouth-watering chicken I’ve tried. They are originally made with just the chicken on the skewer. I made them into a shish kabob; loaded with bell pepper, onion and zucchini. Thank you Katya for this very tasty recipe!

Just make sure that when you preheat your grill: open the grill, then turn on the gas and then light the fire. Otherwise the gas will accumulate and you will think someone threw a bomb in your yard when you go to light it. I’m not sure how I didn’t know that before. Obviously, my husband is the master of our grill.

Ingredients for Chicken Skewers:

2 Chicken Breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bell pepper (optional), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion (optional), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 zucchini (optional), cut into 1-inch rings
8 bamboo skewers

Ingredients for Marinade:

2 Tbsp mayo
4 Tbsp ranch
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Dash of Johny’s Seasoning, or paprika (optional)**

How to Make Grilled Garlic Chicken  Skewers:

1. In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Mix well.

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2. Mix the chicken breast into marinade. Refrigerate 1 hour or more.

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3. Fill a casserole dish with water and soak your wooden skewers in water until ready to use. This will prevent them from burning on the grill. Preheat the grill to medium heat when chicken is done marinating.

4. Load your skewers with chicken and veggies.

5. Grill chicken skewers over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn chicken 3 times to ensure even cooking of  all 4 sides of skewer.

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Enjoy!!

Notes:
**Svetlana uses a bit of Johny’s Seasoning; be careful not to use too much as the chicken marinade has enough salt. You may like to add a dash of paprika instead.
I like the natural sweetness of veggies, but you may season them before putting them on your skewer.

Grilled Garlic Chicken Skewers

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper optional, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion optional, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 zucchini optional, cut into 1-inch rings
  • 8 bamboo skewers
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 4 Tbsp ranch
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Dash of Johny's Seasoning or paprika (optional)**

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Mix the chicken breast into marinade. Refrigerate 1 hour or more.
  3. Fill a casserole dish with water and soak your wooden skewers in water until ready to use. This will prevent them from burning on the grill.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium heat when chicken is done marinating.
  5. Load your skewers with chicken and veggies.
  6. Grill chicken skewers over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn chicken 3 times to ensure even cooking of all 4 sides of skewer.

Recipe Notes

Svetlana uses a bit of Johny's Seasoning; be careful not to use too much as the chicken marinade has enough salt. You may like to add a dash of paprika instead. I like the natural sweetness of veggies, but you may season them before putting them on your skewer.

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  • Alena
    June 17, 2019

    How far ahead can I marinate these? Wanted to try 2 kabob recipes from your site Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2019

      Hi Alena, hope you saw my previous response. We usually marinate it the night before grilling. Reply

  • Lauren
    May 19, 2019

    Here is a Johnny’s Seasoning Salt knockoff I mashed up from several online possibilities & my own on-hand slices, because I can’t find it around here. (And because compared to ordering it online at 50 cents per ounce, this is about 80% cheaper.)

    1 cup salt
    4 tablespoons sugar
    8 teaspoons smoked paprika
    4 teaspoons garlic powder
    2 teaspoons garlic salt
    8 teaspoons onion powder
    2 teaspoons black pepper
    1 teaspoon cumin

    For a “hot” version add:
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes *or 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
    2 teaspoons chili powder

    Add ingredients to a pint-sized (16 ounce) mason jar, stir well and cover. Shake before using as you would a store bought version. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Lauren! Reply

  • Maxine
    April 3, 2019

    Maybe a dumb question, but the ingredient listed as “ranch” is Ranch salad dressing? Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 3, 2019

      That is correct, Maxine! Reply

  • Tanya
    November 8, 2017

    Hi Natasha, do you have any recipes for chicken tenderloins. Want to try something new.

    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 8, 2017

      Tanya, nearly all of my chicken breast recipes can be substituted with chicken tenderloins. Reply

  • Sasha
    October 27, 2017

    Can you use chicken thigh instead of chicken breast? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 28, 2017

      Hi Sasha, yes that should work great. Reply

  • Alina Yangolenko
    June 11, 2017

    Can I cook it in the oven? If so, what temp and how long? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 11, 2017

      Hi Alina, I haven’t tried baking these so I’m not sure. We usually either grill or pan sauté skewers. I think it could work but I’m not sure what time and temp to recommend. From a brief search online, several folks recommend using the broiler setting in the oven and doing 2-3 minutes per side on each of the 4 sides of the skewers. Again, I haven’t tried it so if you experiment, let me know! 🙂 Reply

  • Lyuda
    October 5, 2016

    Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for the recipe! Can they be done in an oven instead of on the grill?

    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 5, 2016

      Hi Lyuda, I haven’t tried these in the oven so I’m not sure. We usually either grill or pan sauté skewers. I think it could work but I’m not sure what time and temp to recommend. Reply

  • Luba
    August 4, 2016

    Do you season the vegetables? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2016

      Hi Luba, I actually just put them on plain but you can sprinkle with a little salt and pepper or even a little Johnny’s Seasoning if you wish 🙂 Reply

  • Holly
    May 28, 2016

    This recipe looks great and will try it. You mention you used a dash of Johny’s Seasoning in your recipe. They have a few different seasonings. Which one do you use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2016

      Hi Holly, yes I just use their original seasoning salt (the one without msg). Reply

  • Annya
    May 6, 2016

    hi natasha, can i marinate these overnight? or will the flavors be too overpowering? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 6, 2016

      Hi Annya, it would be ok to marinate them overnight. 🙂 Reply

  • Cameron
    April 16, 2016

    I admit that I was skeptical about this recipe. Primarily the marinade for the chicken but WOW! This was amazing! This is certainly going to become a staple for summer meals! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2016

      Cameron, that’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Stef
    December 11, 2015

    Can these be sauteed in butter instead of olive oil? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2015

      I don’t see why not 😁. Reply

  • Ziz'ka
    June 30, 2015

    thank you so much for this recipe…. now this is going to be my turn to make those grill chicken skewers for my housewarming party… Can’t wait to try them tomorrow. Thank you so much… I amaze how much you have a very good, delicious, and tasty recipes… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      Congrats on your new home! 🙂 Reply

      • Ziz'ka
        July 6, 2015

        Thank you… So I have tried this recipe. No words. First of all thanks to your sister for recipe and to you for posting it. Oh it is sooo delicious. To be honest with you I don’t like marinate chicken with mayo, but this is something. Thank you. Every one liked it. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 6, 2015

          I’m so happy you all liked it. I’ll let my sister know. Thank you for your awesome review! 🙂 Reply

  • September 11, 2012

    A dream come true, so delicious:) one little thing i added about 1/2 cup buttermilk. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 12, 2012

      Thank you very much Zoryana, you made me smile 🙂 Reply

  • Tonya
    July 11, 2012

    Ok so I did the kabobs, so delicious. I marinated with red wine vinegar,ranch, s&p and cut up garlic cloves let marinade overnight. Turned out very good. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 11, 2012

      I’ll have to try your changes. Thank you for sharing and I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! Reply

  • Tonya
    July 9, 2012

    Oh and she also adds red wine vinegar, I havnt tried her kabobs, but my hubby loved them and now he wants me to make it for him….I will try to do it myself, let u know how they turn out.
    But thanx again for ur blog, u r my inspiration for cooking and trying new receipes. Reply

  • Tonya
    July 8, 2012

    Natasha, this receipes is great for chicken. But I want to make pork kabobs. Do u have any receipes for marinading pork ? My motherinlaw marinades it in buttermilk, garlic, salt pepper…. But she dosnt have exact measurements and I’m not good at cooking “na vkus” . Please post if u have one for pork. Thank u Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 8, 2012

      I will put it on my to-do list to find a recipe for you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 8, 2012

      Yea it’s definitely hard to do “na vkus” when it’s raw meat involved 😉 Reply

  • Hope
    May 23, 2012

    Hi Natasha, these look very good, I cant wait to try them. You mentioned that “the chicken marinade has enough salt”. Are you saying that the mayo/ranch marinade has a lot of salt, or is there a chicken marinade that I overlooked in this recipe….? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2012

      Oh the ranch and mayo are the marinade 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya
    October 20, 2011

    Is it possible to bake them instead? I kinda don’t have a grill and i still want to keep them healthy without frying Reply

    • Natasha
      October 20, 2011

      I haven’t tried baking them, so I can’t give you instructions on that 🙁 I have sauteed them in olive oil with good results, just don’t overcook them (1-2 minutes per side depending on the heat). But the flavor is so awesome!! Reply

  • Kristina
    May 28, 2011

    These are the best skewers ive tried just delicous! Thanks girl! Reply

  • Yana
    April 5, 2011

    Have you tried this marinade on a different meat? like pork? Reply

  • Ilona
    August 17, 2010

    Natasha, is it possible to fry these on the stove or in the oven.. i just dont have a grill and am looking for an alternative way to cook them??????? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 17, 2010

      Hi Ilona! I haven’t tried these on a skillet, but I don’t see why not. I would try over medium-high heat. I do have another skewered chicken recipe that is cooked on the skillet, but its breaded – which helps the chicken stay juicy. Let me know how it works out.  Reply

  • July 14, 2010

    I went camping a couple weeks ago and made these with mayo, milk, and wine. Next time we’ll try ranch! And I don’t know why i didn’t think of zucchini… my man and I love zucchini. Reply

    • Natasha
      July 14, 2010

      Wine,… hmm. I should try that. Thanks for the tip! My cousin suggested the zuccini, they cook through perfectly. Reply

  • Nella
    June 29, 2010

    I’ve been using mayo forever too….I’m going to try this for camping this weekend. Reply

  • A11a
    June 25, 2010

    I have made these before and the are wonderfull. Thanks for posting a quicky referance. Reply

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