Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs

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We finally got ourselves a bbq after many long months of deprivation.  I’m not being dramatic, I really felt deprived not having a bbq. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there that can understand!  When we moved we sold our bbq, planning on getting a new one. Well the day finally came and I have been grilling ever since!  Here is one of my new favorite kabob recipes.  I am seriously hooked on chicken marinades lately… you might be getting a lot of these in the future!  There are just SO many variations… so many delicious, wonderful ways to grill chicken.  There is no time to waste on the mediocre recipes so I am here to give you the best! :)  This chili-lime concoction is delicious. Chicken breast, sweet onion and red pepper marinated in the spiciness of chili powder and cayenne with the tangy flavor of lime – all grilled to smoky perfection. Yum!

Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sister’s Cafe

2 large chicken breast halves (boneless, skinless), about 1.5 lbs
1 sweet red pepper
1 sweet onion

6 Tb olive oil
3 Tb red wine vinegar
2 limes, juiced (4 Tb)
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion salt
2 tsp minced garlic cloves
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cut chicken and pepper into 2 inch pieces.  Peel onion and cut into quarters.  Slice through each quarter to make 8 chunks. (When you pull apart the onion layers, the outer layers should now be in roughly 2 inch pieces) Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice.  Stir in spices. Marinate chicken and vegetables for 4-6 hours or overnight.  (You can place the chicken and vegetables in separate shallow containers.  I make sure the chicken is covered with marinade first. Any leftover marinade, use for the vegetables.)

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Thread chicken, pepper, and onion onto metal skewers and discard the marinade. Grill skewers, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until juices run clear.


  1. Heather at Kitchen Concoctions says

    Nothin’ beats the grill! We have thoroughly been enjoying ours this summer too! I love chili lime flavor combinations and can’t wait to give this marinate a try the next time we grill!

  2. Valerie M. says

    I don’t have a grill and probably won’t for years. I do have an indoor grill thing that doesn’t make it taste the same, but I can use it for this. The flavors sound so good on this!

  3. says

    I know what you mean about loving your grill! I swear everything tastes twice as good grilled, and it keeps your house from getting roasty toasty in the summer. I can’t wait to try these kabobs. They look and sound soooo good!

  4. Missy says

    Thanks for the great grilling recipe! I made it for my book club last night and everyone LOVED it!!! Keep the BBQ/grilling recipes coming then my husband does the cooking, not me.

  5. Mimi says

    Made this and loved it! I’m throwing it up on my blog ( tomorrow with all the nutritional information. I’m sure even more people are going to enjoy these! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. says

    Mom made these for dinner a couple of weeks ago. She added zucchini, summer squash, and some kind of hot pepper from her garden to the kabobs. It was AWESOME!

  7. Peg Blake says

    Excellent recipe. I doubled the marinade and added 2 TBSP brown sugar. In addition to peppers and onion, used fresh pineapple and mushrooms. Served with brown jasmine rice and Orange Sauce. Real gourmet.

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