Fajita Chicken Kebabs

I’m raising a skewer of Fajita Chicken Kebabs high into the air and calling for a change in dialogue. Why must we always “man” the grill? I hereby decree that we “woman” it too!

The best summer grilling recipe- Fajita Chicken Kebabs

Although I don’t consider myself a feminist in the bra-burning definition of the term, I am all for equal opportunity behind the coals. Whether by design or default, whenever I attend a backyard barbecue, it always seems to be the men who rush to the grill and the women who handle the accompanying sides/desserts. Even at home, whenever we grill, Ben insists on being the one to “man” the flame. I rarely disagree, since it’s the one occasion he cooks, with the exception of Valentine’s Day.

Still, I was beginning to feel a grill-shaped void in my cooking repertoire. After all, why shouldn’t I be able to hold a spatula and master the flame? Move over boys—I’m armed with Fajita Chicken Kebabs, and I’m ready to take over the tongs.

Fajita Chicken Kebab Recipe. A fast healthy dinner!

Easy Grilled Fajita Chicken Kebab Recipe

If you’ve been intimated to try grilling, I’m thrilled to now say from experience: basic grilling is a snap! Though I am going to need more practice before I’m willing to risk the integrity of a full rack of ribs or beef tenderloin, these juicy, fajita-inspired chicken kebabs were my first attempt, and they could not have been any simpler or more delicious. Ben walked me through how to light the gas over the phone, and fewer than 10 minutes later, I was pulling these bright beauties off the grill and onto a plate.

Grilled Fajita Chicken Kebab Recipe

You know that feeling of jealousy you have when you detect the tantalizing smell and unmistakable hiss of fajitas being delivered to the guy two tables down at the Mexican restaurant? The one that makes you smack your forehead and think, “Why didn’t I order fajitas too?” These Fajita Chicken Kebabs put restaurant-guy’s fajitas to shame. They have the same sizzle for a fraction of the price and are brighter, fresher, and healthier too. A quick 30 minutes of marinade time are all you need (spices + lime juice—easy!) though you can certainly prep the chicken up to 24 hours in advance for maximum dinner speed.

For an extra layer of flavor, in lieu of plain chicken, I started with black pepper garlic marinated chicken breasts that I picked up from my local Pick ‘n Save grocery store. The nearest store is only two minutes from my house, so I’m in almost every day, to the extent that I’m getting concerned that the cashiers might have a nickname for me. (“Hey, it’s Child’s Sized Packers Sweatshirt Girl—again.”) The marinated chicken breasts come in a wide range of flavors that taste great on their own (the Greek chicken is a favorite of ours), and they also make an excellent starting point for building other flavors, like in the case of today’s Fajita Chicken Kebabs. If you live in the Milwaukee area and haven’t tried them yet, Pick ‘n Save is running a special from now to June 17th where you can trade in points earned on all grocery purchases for a range of chicken, burgers, and steak. Free meat? Yes please!

Fajita Chicken Kebab Recipe

We enjoyed these Fajita Chicken Kebabs with a simple side of brown rice and the same easy black bean recipe from my 10 Minute Black Bean Tostadas. Add avocado, salsa, and sour cream (or swap plain Greek yogurt), and you have a chicken fajita feast that sizzles. In authentic fajita style, Ben stuffed his grilled chicken and veggies inside tortillas, but I found the kebabs totally satisfying on their own.

One final, burning question: Is it more appropriate to refer to a woman as “Grill Master” or “Grill Mistress?” Please discuss—I can’t decide which to put on my future apron.

Fajita Chicken Kebabs

Fajita-style chicken grilled on skewers with veggies. A delicious chicken kebab recipe that's easy to make and sure to please!

Yield: Serves 4

Total Time: 1 hour (includes marinating time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lime, plus additional for serving
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (remove seeds and membrane if sensitive to spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large red onion
  • Fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Salsa, sour cream (or plain yogurt), and guacamole, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place in a zip-top bag.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the canola oil, lime juice and zest, chili powder, cumin, garlic, jalapeno, and salt. Pour over the chicken, seal the bag, the gently “squish” the bag so that the chicken is coated with the marinade. Place the bag in a baking dish to catch any accidental drips, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for at least 20 minutes prior to use.
  3. When ready to cook, heat your grill to medium-high. Cut the bell peppers and onion into 3/4-inch chunks, then thread onto skewers with the marinated chicken pieces, alternating the chicken with the vegetables. Lightly oil the grill, then place the kabobs on the grill, cover, and let cook until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 6 to 8 minutes, turning the chicken once or twice throughout so that it cooks evenly.
  4. Remove the chicken kebabs to a serving plate and sprinkle with cilantro and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. Serve warm, garnished with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole as desired.

I am sharing this post in partnership with Pick n Save, for whom I am proud to be a brand ambassador. As always, thank you for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to continue creating quality content for you. For more recipe ideas and inspiration, check out Pick ‘n Save on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Erin Clarke

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42 comments

  1. I am woman grill master hear my kebabs sizzle!  You go, girl!  I love that you have taken your rightful place at the grill – even if Ben had to walk you through the firing up process. :)

  2. Erin, I love grilling kabobs in the summer!!! and we just got a new grill that I actually know how to use!!! love this recipe!!! and congrats on Pick n Save!

  3. TOTALLY down to woman the grill. These look delish! 

  4. I think you win the kabob award, my dear! These look killer!! 

  5. Erin these are gorgeous!  I love all the colors.  I love your post too.  Grilling definitely feels like a man’s thing, but certainly doesn’t have to be.

  6. “The” Lady  grill master! That sounds good to me! These look so good!! Yummy for my tummy!! 

  7. These Kebabs just scream summertime, I love it.  Love that you’re “woman-ing” the grill, too!

  8. OMG girl you are a grilling machine!  I love it!!!

  9. I am so with you! Why is it considered manly to stand over a flame with chunks of meat? It’s not like standing over a stove gets that kind of PR, even though yep, heat gets pretty high there too. Equal grilling rights for all!
    These kebabs are fantastic. I like my fajita fixings on a stick!

  10. I AM a big Pick ‘n Save fan, and this is a great idea for its ‘delish’ marinated chicken breasts! Keep the summer sizzlin’ recipes coming!

  11. Grilling kabobs in the summeris the best! Love this recipe, Erin! 

  12. Hahaha the same thing is true in my household, I don’t think I question it because it’s practically the only food preparation that Kevin takes pride in. BUT, if he’s gone and I’m left to blogging alone, you bet I’m doing the grilling. That is, if I can figure out how to turn it on… :) These skewers are so darn pretty — I’d say you’ve mastered that grill! 

  13. I started grilling last summer and totally had to be talked through it over the phone too :) Still a novice but it’s so much easier than I anticipated! Yay for chicks taking it to the grill! Next up on mine will be Chicken Fajita Kebabs!

  14. I’ve had to learn to master the grill due to my husbands overall lack of enthusiasm over preparing food, no matter how manly it is.  Thankfully, I love grilling!  It’s a great reason to be outside (preferably with an adult beverage in hand) and enjoy the weather!  These kebabs look so great – perfect for an entire meal!

  15. You had me cracking up at the child’s sized Packers sweater comment! Too funny. 

    I’d say you did a great job “manning” the grill because these turned out beautifully. I made tofu kabobs last summer for the blog and never posted them because the pictures turned out crappy. You make it look so easy though- these pictures are gorgeous!

  16. Yay for rocking the grill, Erin! You are totally inspiring me that I need to learn how :) These kebabs look amazing and so flavorful! Love this recipe!

  17. I am loving this kebab recipe! I love how nice and healthy it is!

  18. I’ll definitely be womaning the grill this summer with these babies! Holy yum!!

  19. These are so bright and beautiful! I can’t wait to get our own bbq/grill when we move into our new house! My chicken loving boyfriend is going to love these, and I’ll swap the chicken for some tofu (or haloumi!) for this vego girl.
    Also, I think it should be the gender neutral term “Grill Boss” on the apron, that way it doesn’t matter who is holding the tongs that night!

  20. LOVE this recipe Erin, so fun and playful, and I am adoring the colorful shots!!!  these look Summer perfect – pinned! x

  21. Oh my goodness, why have I not tried this before?! A combination of two of my favorite meals in the world. Such a great idea!!

  22. I am all for woman-ing the grill too! I’m chief decorator in this house as my fiancé is useless with a paint brush and I was taught by my decorator father, so hell yeah to woman-ing the grill, why do men get all the cool jobs?! Stunning photos by the way! :D

  23. Kebabs must be in the air – I just made shrimp and watermelon ones!  These obviously need to go on my grilling list.  Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures!

  24. Hello! These look delish! I am new to grilling too… I think I’ve grilled outdoors maybe twice over the span of the last couple of years lol. This recipe looks great and easy too. Yay! I will have to try it. Beautiful photos! 

  25. Love the flavors in the marinade! On the weekends I let my husband do all the grilling, but during the week I’m the grill master or grill mistress. Whichever you want to call me ;-) 

  26. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these!!! The boyfriend is obsessed too, to the point that it’s almost become a joke, because we keep finding excuses to fire up the grill and cook them. They are so easy and have so much flavor. We love them in tortillas, but honestly I like them plain too. Thanks for a great recipe!

  27. Tried these last night and they were delicious! Will definitely be having these again.
    Quick , Easy and very very tasty.

  28. Ben would love these! And what an easy and healthy way to do fajitas, loving it. Can’t wait to make them all summer long!

  29. My husband used to be the only one to grill, but these days, I’m grilling more than he is. :)  And I think I need to move to Milwaukee just for that chicken!

  30. I want to gobble these up!! Gorgeous!!

  31. So perfect for summer!

  32. Okay, that’s hilarious. Child’s Sized Packers Sweatshirt Girl? They’ve got you pegged for sure! Grill on Miss crouton!

  33. I’m SO ready for kebab season and summer grilling! These looks fantastic!

  34. I think these need to be on my table for Memorial Day weekend. They are so colorful and beautiful!.

  35. I can’t wait for grilling season so I can make this!

  36. These kebabs are 100% gorgeous, but I think I need to let my husband do all of the grilling.  I’m too busy making other stuff and drinking wine :)

  37. These are beautiful!! And I am always completely jealous of the person getting the fajitas at restaurants!!  

  38. Adding these to my menu list this week!

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