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Grilled chicken skewers cooked to perfection on black metal skewers and sitting on a white surface.

Grilled Chicken Skewers

These grilled chicken skewers are incredibly quick and easy to make plus they are so healthy. They are flavoured with yogurt, cardamom, ginger, cayenne, and smoked paprika. 

Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken, grilled chicken kebabs, skewers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 136 kcal
Author Kim Beaulieu


  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into long strips
  • 1/2 cup brewed cardamom Tea
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 stp ginger
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp canola oil for brushing on grill


  1. Brew a small batch of cardamom tea, I used two tea bags to 1 cup of boiling water because I wanted the flavour of the cardamom to be strong for cooking. Allow to stand until dark in colour, remove tea bags, and discard. Allow tea to cool completely.
  2. Clean your grill grates. The cleaner they are the less chance your food will stick.
  3. Preheat grill to high heat. Reduce heat to medium low. Use a brush with a long handle to oil the grates before placing food on the grill.
  4. You want your tea cooled before starting this recipe.
  5. Cut chicken into long, thin strips, much like you would use for making a satay. No cubes because of how we're placing them on the skewer. So about 3 inches long by an inch wide or a bit less. Now thread the chicken onto the skewer so it's in a long thin line instead of bunched up thick. This helps it cook quickly and evenly. Fill all the skewers but leave so room on each end.
  6. In a small bowl combine the yogurt, 1/2 cup of brewed and cooled tea, and all the spices. Whisk until combined. Brush all over the skewers so it coats all of it. Use about 1/2 the mixture before cooking then half during the cooking process.
  7. Brush grill grates carefully with a bit of oil. Place skewers on grill grate. Close lid and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over, close lid, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Now brush remaining mixture over the skewers and continue to cook with lid up until golden brown, this will only take 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If you need more moisture you can carefully brush on a bit more oil. Always be careful when brushing on oil because of flare ups. I tap my brush on a plate to remove excess before brushing grates or food. Too much oil can spark flames. So use caution.
  9. Remove from grill carefully.
  10. Serve with a big old cardamom loving smile!

Recipe Notes

Recipe created by Kiss My Smoke

Please note I use long metal skewers in the recipe. If using wooden skewers you need to soak them in water for 1 hour prior to cooking on the grill.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 495mg22%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 379IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.