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These Feta Chicken Kabobs have been a family favorite for years! Marinating the chicken in a mixture of yogurt, rosemary, garlic, and feta makes for a tender, delicious entree!

Grilled Feta Chicken Kabobs on a white serving tray

Feta Chicken Kabobs

The enticing aroma of garlicky chicken permeates the air when these kabobs hit the grill. Biting into the tender meat flavored with garlic, Dijon and feta satisfy all the senses. These Greek-inspired Feta Chicken Kabobs are truly winners.

Well, I’m afraid I’m not going to make it to Greece anytime soon, so instead, I’m bringing Greece to my house! Recipes can transport you across the globe to dine on flavors found across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. With a quick search on your computer, you can now make so many amazing dishes at home like these Mediterranean chicken kabobs.

Feta Chicken Kabobs with a salad on a white plate

Tips for Making These Tender Chicken Kabobs

There are twofold advantages from utilizing a marinade, to infuse flavor and to tenderize. These chicken kabobs illustrate both beautifully.

  • PRO-Tip: Yogurt does an amazing job tenderizing chicken. Whether it’s an enzyme or the calcium, the jury is still out. Just make sure your chicken spends at least a couple hour up to overnight the yogurt-based marinade so it can work its magic.
  • Having a flavorful marinade for chicken kabobs is imperative, too. Though the flavors won’t infuse deeply into the meat, it will create an amazing, flavorful crust on these kabobs.
  • Don’t over-cook these feta chicken kabobs or the chicken will be dry. Not as dry as if you didn’t marinate them, but you’ll want to grill just until the chicken loses the pink hue internally, or to about 160 degrees.
  • Also, note that if you use wooden skewers, you should soak them in water for about a half-hour to prevent them from incinerating on the grill!

What’s the Difference Between Chicken Kabobs and Kebabs?

If you’ll search this blog you’ll find a couple of kabob recipes and one lonely kebab recipe. In my mind, they’re both names for skewered meats, sometimes with vegetables and aromatics, which are grilled. Originating in the Middle East, there are now numerous varieties featuring different meats and flavors. Spelling this dish “kabobs” is primarily found in North America.

What Makes the Best Marinade for Chicken Kabobs?

When it comes to marinades, there are a few components that help ensure tender, flavorful results. Let’s dissect this recipe as an example:

  •  Greek yogurt – like vinegar and citrus juice, Greek yogurt has an acidic component that’s key to tenderizing the chicken. So the chicken cubes don’t turn to mush, only marinate up to 8 hours.
  •  Flavor Enhancers – Feta cheese, garlic, rosemary, mustard, scallions all infuse flavor into the chicken. Aromatics like onions, garlic, and scallions are an important addition unless you have an aversion to their flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – Salt, like wine and alcohol, is a flavor enhancer. Do not omit unless you’re on a sodium-restricted diet. I typically add half the amount of pepper as salt, but this is up to your palate’s preference.

How Much Chicken Per Person When Making Kabobs?

My meat market sells reasonably sized boneless skinless chicken breast with the tenders removed, so I purchase one per person. Each chicken breast provides about 6-8 cubes of chicken. If your butcher sells much larger chicken breasts, definitely reduce the number needed unless you like lots of leftovers! Remember that a serving of chicken is about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand.

 

Overhead view of a white platter with grilled chicken kabobs

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Feta Chicken Kabobs

Feta Chicken Kabobs

A terrific feta, garlic and rosemary marinade that's fabulous on chicken!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each cut into 6-8 cubes
  • Zucchini, red bell pepper, red onion chunks, optional
  • Rosemary sprigs with most of the leaves removed to use as skewers, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix yogurt, feta, garlic, rosemary, Dijon, scallions, salt and pepper. Marinate chicken cubes in mixture at least one hour and up to 8 hours. Skewer chicken on metal, wooden or rosemary skewers alternating with zucchini slices, red bell pepper and onion if desired.
  2. Grill till meat is cooked.

Notes

Total time does not include marinating.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 56g
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53 comments on “Feta Chicken Kabobs”

  1. I love this recipe! It looks full of flavor and I adore feta. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  2. Gorgeous kabobs, I love the Mediterranean flavors!

  3. So many of my favorite flavors! And I’m really like the idea of the mustard in the marinade. Going to try that!

  4. You know, I can’t believe I’ve never marinated my chicken in yogurt.. and what a great blend you’ve got here, I must try this for dinner this week:) xx

  5. Mmmmmmmmmm………these look so delectable! I have really enjoyed this street food tour and the kebabs tops it off well!

  6. I love kabobs… especially marinated in yogurt…. it makes the meat so succulent. Looks gorgeous. 🙂

  7. I would love to go to Greece. I think these kabobs though are as close I as I am going to get for a while. I will take it though.

  8. Greek yogurt and feta in the marinade sounds like nothing but incredible to me. What a great way to celebrate the street food of Greece.

  9. Lizzy,
    I love feta but I usually only use it on salad. Great way to incorporate feta into a meal.
    Annamaria

  10. I can imagine the beautiful marriage of rosemary and garlic in these kebabs. I usually add cottage cheese to the marination while making chicken tikka (that’s what we call them in India), so I can imagine what feta must have done to these kebabs. It lends a beautiful creaminess to the kebabs. Delicious post Liz 🙂

  11. Wow, it seems like both of us have kabobs on our minds! I love the flavors that have enhanced the chicken on these kabobs, Liz . . . I can ‘feel’ the essence of Greece!

    xo
    Roz

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