Chicken Shish Kabobs

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How has What’s Gaby Cooking been around for so many years and yet we’ve never talked about Chicken Shish Kabobs?!? These things are the BEST.

Chicken Shish Kabobs from (@whatsgabycookin)

My dad makes the best Chicken Shish Kabobs ever and I’ve taken his recipe and added my spin because THAT’S HOW I ROLL. Everything is perfectly seasoned with my Go To Seasoning blend. The chicken is threaded on the skewers nice and tight so everything stays juicy. It’s served with basil vinaigrette because hello, have you tried it yet? GAME CHANGER. It’s going to be the best thing you’ve made all week. You get the idea.

Chicken Shish Kabobs from (@whatsgabycookin)

This is one of those recipes that’s going to be in your weekly summer rotation starting today! Whip these Chicken Shish Kabobs up, serve them with a big salad, or a bowl of pasta or rice, or wrap them in some pita and add some grilled veggies… you get the idea. They are so good, you’ll want to eat them every which way! And if you want to switch it up sometime, use the cilantro vinaigrette instead. Just as good and a totally different flavor profile!

Chicken Shish Kabobs from (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Shish Kabobs

5 from 3 votes
My Dad's Chicken Shish Kabobs recipe that is seriously one for the record books! YOU WILL LOVE!
Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


For the chicken:

  • 3 tablespoons Gaby’s Go To Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges/sliced for serving
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 recipe Basil Vinaigrette


  • Combine the seasoning, olive oil red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk to combine. Add in the chicken. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare grill over medium-high heat. Thread chicken pieces on skewers, dividing equally. Discard marinade in bowl. Sprinkle each skewer with additional gaby’s go-to seasoning.
  • Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter. Serve with basil vinaigrette and extra lemon wedges


I don’t recommend mixing breasts and thighs – choose one or the other so they cook evenly. Or you can make some skewers of each type, keeping in mind that the dark meat takes longer to cook.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 323mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 1076mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 7mg

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. Hi. I would love to purchase your Go To Blend. I live in Canada. Any idea where I can purchase this in Canada? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

  2. The chicken shish kabob sound delicious ‘! Look forward to trying them out! Have a great week!
    Thank you Gaby,

  3. I tried your Gaby seasoning (the one in blue can) with three sliced small red potatoes and olive oil. Ate ALL of it, none leftover for the next night. I am cutting back on salt , so was glad to find this so tasty.

  4. I could eat this every night in the Summer. And that basil dressing sounds so good!

  5. I live in Puerto Rico and no Williams Sonoma here. Do you have a recipe for your spice blend to keep on hand? Gracias!

  6. Hi Gaby, I have just discovered your wonderful website!! My new favourite addiction. I am from australia and have just relocated to Finland for my husbands work with our two children. Sadly I cant access the Williams Sanoma website from Finland. It won’t allow it and I get blocked. Is there anyway I can substitute your blend with something else? Thanks so much. Alicia

    1. I also just discovered this website and am very excited about the weekly meal plans. However, since I live in Germany, I have the same problem that Williams Sanoma wont even let me viw their site. 🙁 And no, there are no WS stores in Germany.

  7. I made this last weekend with grilled zucchini and naan bread, and it was a hit! Great leftovers, too!

  8. Hi Gaby! Your recipes never disappoint. Can the chicken be in the marinade for say 12 hours? I am going camping next weekend and I am in charge of Saturday night dinner. I would like to get all the prep work done in the morning so all I have to do is get the grill going at dinner time. I’m thinking smookies for dessert. I cant wait!

    1. I wouldn’t marinate longer than a few hours since there’s a bit of lemon juice and that will start to break down the chicken too much! Tried this recipe tonight – obsessed!!

  9. Hi Gaby, is there any way to make your “Go To Seasoning” without purchasing it from William Sonoma? I wanted to make this tonight but I live too far away from William Sonoma to buy and make for dinner this evening. I see the ingredients but not the measurements: Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic, paprika, basil, oregano, thyme, safflower oil. Are you able to share the measurements of the ingredients – and is the garlic dry or fresh? No big deal if you can’t….just thought I’d check.

    1. Hey Julie – wish I could share the recipe but that’s part of how I make my living! I get it – sometimes I wish my fav BBQ sauce would tell me their secrets, but alas, they’ve gotta make a living too. Hope you understand. Also it’s available to order online if that’s easier

  10. I really want to try this recipe but don’t have the “go to seasoing” I do have Gaby’s “All things Meat” seasoning. Could I substitute this?
    Thanks, Anne

  11. Is there something I could substitute for your seasoning blend? I plan on buying it when I’m in the states in a month, but no WS in Malaysia 🙁

  12. My family & I LOVE this recipe!!! Is there a version where I can sear the chicken & cook the rest in the oven on my grill pan? My kitchen get so smoky & I haven’t graduated to our outdoor grill yet . Thank you

  13. Hi Gaby! This looks SO GOOD! Unfortunately, we don’t have a grill. How would you recommend cooking these in the oven? Hoping I can still make it work!

  14. I would LOVE to make this recipe, but your seasoning isn’t gluten free. Both of my kids have celiac so it’s not safe for us to purchase. The ingredients themselves are gluten free, but there’s a warning saying they may come into contact with wheat. You’d have a much larger audience if you ensured your products were safe from gluten!!

  15. I can’t get a hold of your seasoning blends very easily, can you tell me what spices I could try as a sub for it please

  16. 5 stars
    De-LISH and Flavorful Chicken!
    My daughter and I made the chicken part this last night!!
    We marinated the chicken (then because we had a variety of peppers and red and white onions, we made Kabobs. We served with couscous and salad. The family gave the chicken 5 hearts. It will definitely add to summer rotation.
    We are looking forward to making the basil vinegarette soon!
    Great Job, Gaby!

  17. Bread! Cookies! And now THIS! Dad can cook! This recipe is delicious and served it with Mom’s Every Night Cucumber Salad! It was Dalkin dinner at our house tonight!

  18. Hi Gaby! I loathe every kind of pepper. I know you loooove it! I’m afraid to buy your go-to seasoning because of the peppery spices. Do you have another blend that doesn’t have pepper in it?

  19. 5 stars
    My sis-in-law made this for my husband and I. Absolutely the best chicken we ever ate. My husband went to bed talking about it and woke up the next day talking about it. Then he ate the leftovers for lunch!

  20. HI,

    I really enjoy your recipes and would love to try your “go to seasoning”. Is the recipe available? I tried to order from WS, but it’s not available to ship and I live 90 minutes from the closet store (and it looks like it is out of stock).


    1. it’s in stock!! you just have to order 2 in order for them to ship per some weird UPS standards 🙂 But if you dont want to buy, you can use any of your other fav spice blends to season the chicken

  21. Hi, can you please help me come up with an alternative recipe to your Williams Sanoma spice blend ? I can’t use it because of the allergy labeling.. unfortunately all of WS package items have the same allergy warning/ nut labeling.. I truly love your recipes and want to make this for the next family gathering !

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