Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Lemon Rice

December 13, 2017 (Updated: April 18, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Chicken and Vegetable skewers are one of my favorite things to make. I love meals where I can take care of the protein and vegetables in one-shot.   These skewers are often called kabobs or shish kabobs in middle eastern cuisine and as part of Mediterranean food.

Depending on my family’s mood, we eat it with a garden salad, or with toasted Pitas and Hummus, and of course, one of our favorite combinations is with delicious and fragrant Lemon Rice!

These kabob skewers are great as appetizer skewers as well; easy finger food for entertaining!

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This meal is super quick to put together too, which makes it very weeknight friendly.  I buy pre-cut chicken from Trader Joe’s.   I rinse and soak my basmati rice while I prep the vegetables.  Dice up some onions, bell peppers and zucchini.  Make a marinade with greek yogurt and dry spices.  Toss chicken and veggies in the marinade and thread them onto bamboo skewers (best wooden skewers to use).

I typically end up broiling these chicken skewers, simply due to a texture preference.  I elaborate more on this point in the next paragraph.  Simultaneously, set the rice in the Instant Pot.  In the end, this meal is at the table in under 30 minutes.  I serve this with a Garden Salad with a lemon vinaigrette or a Greek salad sometimes.

You can make these kabobs with ground beef or lamb too to make meat skewers.

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Skewers: Broil, Grill or Instant Pot

Different cooking techniques result in different textures for the Chicken and Vegetable skewers.  Here’s what to expect from a texture standpoint when you grill, broil or pressure cook the kebab skewers:

  • Grilling or Broiling:  If you grill them or broil them in the oven, there is subtle charbroiled flavor that gets infused in the chicken and vegetables.  The vegetables get cooked, but not all the way through and still retain their crunch.
  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker: If you cook your skewers in the pressure cooker along with the Lemon rice, the chicken will be super moist and the vegetables will be tender, more like a steamed texture.  You can choose vegetables that take a longer time cook, like turnips, carrots, potato cubes instead.

My family prefers grilling or broiling these kabob skewers.

Make Vegetarian Skewers

To make an all-vegetarian skewer version of this dish, you can substitute chicken cubes with Paneer cubes or Extra-Firm Tofu cubes.  Follow the kabob recipe and marination process.  If grilling them, reduce the time to 2-3 minutes per side, flipping them once.

The spice quantities and choice in this recipe work great for my family, but feel free to adjust them based on your taste buds!

Low-Carb Serving Suggestion for these Shish Kabobs

If you’re not into rice, or want to make a low-carb meal with this Chicken Skewers recipe, pair these kebabs with any of your favorite salad.   My husband and I have it with a simple Greek Salad and this combination makes for one satisfying and delicious meal!

Greek Salad

These Chicken Skewers go really with a side of Quinoa Tabbouleh too!

Quinoa-Tabbouleh-Salad-Gluten Free Tabbouleh Salad by Spice Cravings

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Chicken & Vegetable Skewers with Lemon Rice

Chicken and Vegetable skewers are a great combo of protein and vegetables. The chicken can be grilled, broiled, or cooked in an instant pot.   Depending on my family's mood, we pair it with saffron rice, or with a garden salad, or with toasted pitas and hummus.  These skewers make for great finger foods for entertaining as well!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal


Chicken Skewers

  • 6 inches long Bamboo Skewers pre-soaked if grilling or broiling
  • 1 lb. chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 green pepper cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion cubed in 1 inch pieces, separated
  • 1 zucchini sliced in 1 inch half-moons (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes



  • Prep: Rinse and soak rice while you prep the vegetables and make marinade. Cut chicken in 1 inch pieces. Cut your choice of vegetables in a similar size.
  • Build your Skewers: Make marinade by mixing together all ingredients listed under "Marinade". Add chicken and vegetables and toss well. Thread the pieces on bamboo skewers, alternating between chicken and vegetables.
  • Cook the Skewers: You can cook them based on your preference: 
    Grill it on a BBQ grill or grill-top. 4 minutes each side, total of 8 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is, OR, 
    Broil them in the oven 6 mins first side, flip, and 4 mins on the other side, total of 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven, OR,
    One-Pot Meal: Cook them in the Instant Pot with the Lemon rice, using the trivet as shown in the video. You can stack the skewers on a trivet, on top of the rice.  Set Manual/Pressure cook for 6 minutes, with vent at Sealing position.  Manually release pressure after 5 to 10 minutes (NPR 5 or NPR10).
  • Lemon Rice: Here's the recipe for Lemon Rice.  For low carb / keto, pair with a Greek salad instead.


Notes & Recipe Tips

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 1chicken skewer | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 41.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken breasts
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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