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Chicken Skewers With Cabbage Slaw-tender pieces of chicken breast on a skewer, served with colorful cabbage slaw. Classic recipe, perfect for grilling season.

mediterranean style chicken skewers cabbage slaw
Chicken Skewers

These Chicken Skewers With Cabbage Slaw are perfect for summer. My favorite part about summer cooking is grilling! And of course fresh salads and fruits.

So I suggest that we fire up the grill!

I love skewers (kebabs/”kabobs”), because they are extremely easy to make and also look appetizing.

These are perfect for a party meal, too.

I usually like to marinate mine in a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice and oregano. It is best if you let the meat sit in the marinade for 6 hours or overnight.

But if you are short on time, even 30 minutes would be ok. The kebabs will still have this awesome Mediterranean flavor, but it will not be as strong and meat won’t be as tender, as if you leave them marinate for a longer time.

Grilled Marinated Chicken Kebabs

The preferred side dish for these chicken skewers in my family is a cucumber yogurt garlic sauce, similar to Greek Tzaziki (very similar to my cold cucumber yogurt soup, but a lot thicker).

Cabbage Slaw

This time, instead of the yogurt sauce, I made some fresh colorful cabbage slaw. It is up to you, if you’d like to try it. These chicken skewers go well with a simple green salad, too.

Chicken Kebabs
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Chicken Skewers With Cabbage Slaw on a white plate, juicy, with lemon wedge
5 from 10 votes


Tender pieces of chicken breast on a skewer, served with colorful cabbage slaw. Classic recipe, perfect for grilling season.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


For the chicken skewers:

  • 2 (6-8 oz) chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 8 small wooden skewers soaked in cold water for 15 minutes
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 small cloves garlic – chopped, (might reduce it to 1 clove)
  • ½ tsp dried parsley

For the cabbage slaw:

  • 3 cups green cabbage, (shredded)
  • 3 cups purple cabbage, (shredded)
  • 2 medium carrots, , grated
  • 1/2 small English cucumber, , chopped (optional)
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt, (or more to taste)
  • chopped parsley, (optional)


For the chicken skewers:

  • Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and add meat, make sure it is evenly coated in marinade. Transfer to a zip lock bag. Let the meat marinate for at least 30 minutes, for best results 6 hours to overnight. Keep it in the fridge.
  • Preheat grill to 400 F (medium-high heat ), clean and lightly oil the grate.
  • Thread chicken on skewers and grill for 5 minutes per side, or until done.

For the cabbage slaw:

  • In a large bowl combine cabbage, carrots and cucumber (optional).
  • In a separate bowl mix together salt, oil and vinegar. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss. Taste and add more salt, oil or vinegar if needed. Add fresh parsley (optional). Serve.


Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 1344mg, Potassium: 823mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 5965IU, Vitamin C: 62mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: bulgarian
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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. What a classic. I love it. Simple but beautiful and so juicy, you are so right, marinating overnight makes ALL the difference! 🙂

  2. Beautiful party kebabs! The lemon juice and the over night marinating are key to tender chicken. I sure wish we could grill out this week but the heavens have opened up in Hong Kong. Its not so much that I mind the rain it is just the lightening that is such a drag… LOL

  3. These kebabs look incredible, Mira! Love the cabbage slaw! They’re perfect for grilling season! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. These Kabobs are calling my name!! Perfect for summertime!! Looks delicious Mira! 🙂

  5. I love making chicken skewers in summers! Dinner in a breeze! Mira, love the flavor you put together! pinned!