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Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Here’s a delicious recipe to try on the grill this summer:  Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers

Since my family loves chicken so much, we tend to grill it all summer long.  That means I have to come up with some different ways to serve it, or we’ll all be bored to death of chicken come September!  It helps to have some different marinade recipes on hand.  I hate buying the already prepared marinades in the store since it’s so easy and so much more delicious to make your own! I love this recipe for Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers because it’s so very simple, yet it packs a flavorful punch.

family calendar cookbook

This recipe comes from a new cookbook by Kelsey Banfield (from The Naptime Chef blog):  The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to Carry You Through the Year.  If I were ever to write another cookbook, this is the sort of cookbook I would write.  I love that it’s organized by seasons, and there are quite a few menus shared within each seasonal chapter.  For example, here is the Father’s Day Menu (an all-day celebration!):  Spicy Chorizo Breakfast Wraps, Bloody Marys, Dad Burgers, Wedge Salad, Sour Cream & Chive Potato Skins and Guinness Bundt Cake.  There is a whole menu of “Back to School Weeknight Meals” in the fall chapter (21 recipes!)  There are no actual photos in the book (just illustrations), but I know I’m going to be reaching for this one an awful lot.  So many family-friendly recipes are shared.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers on the Grill

These chicken skewers are lightly marinated and then placed on a hot grill. The author of the book has you marinate the skewers already prepared, but I prefer to marinate the chicken by itself and string the chicken on right before grilling.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers Recipe

And there they are all grilled and ready for serving!  When you grill the lemons along with the chicken, the softened-up grilled lemons are wonderful for squeezing onto the chicken right before you eat it.  Add some grilled vegetables to this main dish, and you’ll have yourself a delicious and light meal that is perfect for summer!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating time

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • grated zest and juice of 3 medium-sized lemons
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Place the chicken cubes in a large zip bag.  Add lemon zest and juice, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper to the bag.  Turn the bag a few times to mix the marinade and work it into the chicken.  Marinate the chicken in the bag for at least 4 hours, or overnight (keep refrigerated).
  2. Drain marinade from chicken, then string chicken onto skewers- adding in a couple of lemon wedges to each skewer.
  3. Bring the grill to medium heat and cook the skewers directly over the heat for 6 to 8 minutes, rotating the skewers as you go to ensure even cooking.  Once the chicken is cooked through, transfer it to a platter and allow to cool before serving.  Use the grilled lemon wedges to squeeze onto individual servings.
SOURCE: (adapted slightly from The Family Calendar Cookbook by Kelsey Banfield)

Here are a few more chicken skewer recipes you might enjoy:


  1. postedSep 25, 2015 12:08 PM

    Will have to try these. They look delicious!

  2. postedJul 16, 2015 11:20 AM
    Lori S

    Made these with chicken breast instead of skewers and just as good.  I was so excited to finally use the rosemary that’s been growing in my garden.  

  3. postedJun 12, 2015 8:14 PM

    This sounds really good but won’t the chicken start to poach in that must lemon juice if left in it for the amount of time you suggested?

    • postedJun 16, 2015 10:00 AM

      Probably. The author states in her recipe to marinate for a longer amount of time than I did.

  4. postedJun 8, 2015 7:26 PM

    I have made a similar recipe in the oven before. Thanks for reminding me I can do it on the grill when I hit the beach in two weeks!!

  5. postedJun 5, 2015 9:54 AM

    I absolutely LOVE lemon recipes, so I’m adding this to our summer grill menu. They sound amazing. It was so nice to meet you at Indulge! 🙂

    • postedJun 8, 2015 6:13 AM

      It was so nice to meet you too. I love your blog!

  6. postedJun 5, 2015 4:40 AM

    Chicken + rosemary + lemon + grill = summertime supper heaven!  Thanks for another great one.

  7. postedJun 4, 2015 9:03 AM

    These look amazing!!!! I love grilled chicken.

  8. postedJun 4, 2015 7:44 AM

    Oh, these look SO good!  If only someone would deliver them to me for lunch today! 😉 

  9. postedJun 4, 2015 6:57 AM

    Thanks for the link! It looks great and I plan to try it soon.

  10. postedJun 4, 2015 5:29 AM

    I don’t see a link to the recipe. Are you just advertising the book?

    • postedJun 4, 2015 5:43 AM

      eek, sorry about that. I just added in the code so the recipe shows up now!

  11. postedJun 4, 2015 5:14 AM

    What a tasty summer recipe! It gets me in the mood for a BBQ!

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