Grilled Spicy Smart Chicken Skewers

Grilling skewers is a great way to cook up your meat and vegetables. Easy prep, easy cooking and easy clean up! Do I even need to mention how good they taste?
Dish type


  • 2 Smart Chicken boneless skinless breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 6 Smart Chicken boneless skinless thighs, cut into 1 inch x 2 inch strips
  • 3 lemons, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprka
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground New Mexico red chili
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 ounce fresh mint, stems removed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 skewers, soaked in water


  1. Skewers
  2. Mix all dry seasonings in small bowl. Place cilantro, mint, lemon zest, and garlic in a food processor and mince. Add olive oil and dry seasonings to the herb mixture and blend. Pour over chicken and lemon wedges and toss well. Let marinade for 30 minutes.
  3. For each skewer, lace a lemon wedge, rind first, followed by six pieces of chicken. (Thigh pieces will need to be folded over as they’re skewered.) Skewer a final lemon wedge, flesh first, at the end of each stick.
  4. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the skewers 5 minutes per side (turning 4 times). Transfer skewers to plate and drizzle with cilantro sauce. Serve with an arugula salad and sliced fresh white nectarines.
  5. Cilantro Sauce
  6. In a food processor mince garlic. Add cilantro, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Blend until finely minced then add olive oil with pulse action.