Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Joe Maer
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings

A buttermilk marinade ensures tender meat and juicy flavor. The kabobs are delicious on their own, but even better with Toasted Pecan Pesto or Romesco Sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in buttermilk, next 3 ingredients, and 2 tsp. salt until blended.

Step 2

Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and chill 3 hours.

Step 3

Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes. (Omit if using metal skewers.)

Step 4

Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Thread chicken onto skewers, leaving a 1/8-inch space between pieces; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.

Step 5

Grill kabobs, covered with grill lid, 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Serve with lemon halves and Toasted Pecan Pesto or Romesco Sauce.

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Ratings & Reviews

tigerlowe's Review

June 25, 2013
Made this for a picky crowd who raved about it. Used chicken breasts and turned out great. The chicken was so tender and the marinade gave it a nice flavor. Will be making these again and again.

charlottesills's Review

May 28, 2013
Will this work with white meat as well as dark meat? Some of my sons will only eat white meat!

jcharriss's Review

July 14, 2013
This marinade with 1/4 cup, which is a small bottle of hot sauce, was way, way to hot and spicy for my family. I can't recommend this dish.

44hockeymom's Review

June 02, 2013
this chicken was delicious and so tender. I made the Romesco sauce and it was wonderful. Highly recommend !

AmyNJames's Review

June 17, 2013
Disappointing; bland. For the effort, the marinade didn't impart much flavor to the chicken.

kgreer's Review

June 05, 2013
Made this dish and served it with the Romesco Sauce. It was delicious. Added white rice which was a great idea. The only problem I had was threading the gooey marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers. Very messy and not an easy task. Would I make this dish again, YES!!!!

obxgoer's Review

December 06, 2013
Just didn't do it for me either. Not enough flavor.


May 17, 2015
Followed the recipe as written and thought this chicken was delicious! Made the basil pecan pesto for dipping. Definitely will make this again.