Spicy Grilled Lemon Chicken Kabobs


This Discover Cooking with California Olive Oil Recipe Contest submission comes to us from Terri Crandall of We Olive El Dorado Hills. Terri says:

“These are juicy marinated chicken kabobs with a kick. They are served over a summer salad dressed with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and grilled lemons on the side.”

Serves 4


  • 3 Tablespoons white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons We Olive Mission Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • Olivas de Oro Meyer Lemon Olive Oil for finishing
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives for garnish
  • ¼ cup Olivas de Oro Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup fresh cherries, halved, pitted or red grapes, halved
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds

1. Whisk together wine, We Olive Mission Olive Oil, lemon juice, red chili flakes and rosemary in a bowl. Place marinade and chicken in a zip lock bag, place in the refrigerator and marinate for 2-3 hours. Combine ingredients for the dressing; Olivas de Oro Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, basil, salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Combine ingredients for the salad; lettuce, goat cheese, cherries and almonds. Toss with dressing just before serving.

3. Prepare a medium high fire on a gas or charcoal grill. Soak wooden skewers for 10-15 minutes. Thread marinated chicken cubes on to the skewers. Place chicken on the grill and cook 7-8 minutes per side. During the last 10 minutes of grilling, add the halved lemons cut side down to the grill.

4. Place salad and grilled lemons on a serving platter, arrange the chicken skewers on top. Drizzle Olivas de Oro Meyer Lemon Olive Oil over the chicken and garnish with chopped chives. Place a grilled lemon half with each serving to squeeze over the top.

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