Italian Chicken Kabobs

Flavorful grilled chicken kabobs with easy homemade Italian marinade.

Grilled chicken kabobs with homemade Italian marinade recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I just got back from an amazing weekend with friends in Chicago. I’d only ever been to the area once before but never for anything touristy so, this was extra fun being there with some of my best girlfriends. The weekend flew by way too fast, as all fun trips do! I promise to do a fun little recap soon and share what we did and my favorite eats of the trip real soon! Until then… laundry. Ugh. The worst part about going away. The unpacking and the piles of clothes to wash. Because let’s be real, even if you didn’t wear something, if it’s in with the dirty clothes, it needs to be washed too. I just have zero motivation to tackle that just yet.

Also, I swear every time I go somewhere I come back with a cold. It started as a simple scratchy throat the first day and by the time I got home Sunday afternoon, it was a full blown head cold. Having a cold is never fun, but it seems especially more annoying in the summer. I just want to curl up and not do anything… especially laundry.

Grilled chicken kabobs with homemade Italian marinade recipe from @bakedbyrachel

What I would love to do is eat a giant plate of these Italian chicken kabobs again!

With grilling season in full swing, and the holiday just days away, I thought this would be the perfect recipe to share. It’s easy. It’s flavorful. And probably even more important… it’s a crowd pleasing dish, which means you should probably double or triple this recipe because everyone will be going back for more! My family couldn’t get enough. I’m sure yours will feel the same!

Ditch the store bought marinades and dressings. Whip up a truly delicious Italian marinade with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Flavorful grilled chicken kabobs with an easy homemade Italian marinade. A perfect summer grilling recipe that is definitely a must make!

Italian Chicken Kabobs

Flavorful grilled chicken kabobs with easy homemade Italian marinade.
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Dinner
Servings: 2 plus



  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 3 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breast
  • 8- inch skewers


  • In a mason jar or salad shaker combine marinade ingredients. Shake to combine well. Set aside. 
  • Trim chicken of any fat. Cut into 1-2 inch cubes. Transfer to a large bag or storage container. Pour marinade over chicken. Seel container and chill for at least 1-2 hours, or overnight. 
  • Soak wood skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. 
  • Divide chicken between 8-10 skewers. Discard remaining marinade. 
  • Grill over low heat for 15 minutes, turning skewers after 3-5 minutes. Cook until no longer pink and showing some external color or grill lines. 
  • Serve immediately. 


Recipe serves roughly 2-4.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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21 Responses to “Italian Chicken Kabobs”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 29, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I was totally insta creeping your vacay and it looked like a BLAST! Glad you had fun!
    Now, just pass along 6 of these deliciously simply chicken on a stick and no one gets hurt. Pinned!

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:20 am

      We definitely had a blast but there was still so much more to do that we didn’t have time for. Next time! :) And thanks so much Taylor!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 29, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I’m with you – I will actively avoid post-vacation laundry at all costs!! I will not, however, avoid these kabobs – they look amazing!! So glad you girls had a great time!

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Next time you have to be there!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — June 29, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Wow these look great! I love that you made your own marinade! I too hate doing laundry after a trip, well lets be honest I just hate doing laundry period!! I don’t mind throwing it into the washer and dryer, it’s the folding and putting away that I dread. Hope you get to feeling better!

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Yes, folding and then actually putting away is probably the worst!

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    Zylo — June 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I feel you. I just got back from New Orleans about two weeks ago and let my dirty, sweaty clothes marinate (in a plastic bag no less) for a week before I got around to washing them. I definitely give you props for having the motivation to cook so soon after though – these look great!

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I can only imagine how that pile smelled. Hopefully it washed out beautifully for you!! And thanks so much!! :)

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — June 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Glad you had fun on your vacay! Chicago is such a fun city and I never want to leave!
    These kabobs are right up my alley…I love homemade Italian dressing and marinades!

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

      There’s so much to do and see… plus everyone we ran into was so nice! Thanks, Meg!

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    Farha - faskitchen — June 30, 2015 at 5:15 am

    My mouth is watering right now.. the kababs look out of the world..

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      Rachel — June 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Thanks so much Farha!

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    Patricia — July 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Made this marinade and loved how it tasted exactly like Italian dressing but without all the artificial preservatives from a store bought version! I actually added the marinade to a pasta salad also. Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Rachel — July 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Patricia! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    Leslie — July 28, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Have been making these for years! Seems “speidies” as they are popularly known have found their way to the mid west from their supposed origin in the Southern tier of NY. Originally made out of lamb, then for some reason, chicken became the thing. Big SPEIDIE FEST each year in that locale to see who’s the top dog in taste. We never marinate for less than 48 hrs. and wouldn’t think of eating a SPEIDIE without a shake of “snake oil” a secret concoction of oil, vinegar, mint and spices. The great thing about speidies is that you can play with the formula to make it your own. Yours look lovely Rachel!

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    Claire Volkman — May 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I’m all about this. Love how easy and healthy these are!

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      Rachel — May 27, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Claire!

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    David Brewer — March 6, 2018 at 12:39 am

    I didn’t have any white wine vinegar so I used balsamic. Very good!

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      Rachel — March 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them, David! :)

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    Christine @ myblissfulmess — April 8, 2019 at 11:24 am

    These delicious kabobs are so simple! I recommend letting the chicken marinade for as long as you can. The longer the better, in my opinion. I cut up the chicken and fixed up the marinade in the morning, and then just let it marinate all day. I also recommend pressing the garlic instead of mincing. In my opinion, you get a lot more garlic flavor out of it in a marinade if you press it. We love garlic so we wanted to make sure we could taste it. In fact I used a lot more than 1 clove LOL I couldn’t help myself, but myself and my family was glad I did! I especially love that I always have all of the marinade ingredients in my pantry, and there’s more often than not chicken breasts in the freezer, making this recipe very handy to have around! The Hubs and the kids really enjoyed this chicken. I served it with some fettuccine Alfredo, and steamed broccoli.

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      Rachel — April 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

      So glad you both enjoyed it, Christine!

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