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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Skewers

Baking chicken skewers in the oven is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner without having to fire up the grill! Chicken thigh pieces marinated in a flavorful yogurt sauce, and baked in less than 20 minutes, these chicken kabobs are  guaranteed to be tender and amazing with every bite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinate time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 6 skewers
Calories 396 kcal


  • 6 skewers
  • baking sheet


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup greek yogurt full fat or reduced fat
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped or cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 lemon, juiced about 3 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  • Cut chicken thighs into small, bite sized pieces about 1 ½ inches, fat trimmed off. Place into a large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic, kosher salt, paprika, oregano, cumin, turmeric powder and ground pepper into a bowl with yogurt and mix well.
  • Add the yogurt mixture and onion into the bowl with chicken and mix well. Cover the bowl and let it marinate in the fridge overnight or for minimum of 2-3 hours.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers, metal or wooden. (See note below for wooden skewers).
  • Place chicken skewers about 1 inch apart on a roasting pan, lined with foil for easy clean up. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes. Then broil on high for 4 minutes on each side, placing the meat about 4 inches from the broiler plate.
  • Serve immediately.


*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • If using chicken breast, make sure to reduce the cooking time by 1-2 minutes, but I’d still broil it for 4 minutes per side.
  • If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to skewering the chicken to prevent burning. 
  • For easy cleanup, use foil to cover your roasting pan or you can lightly grease the baking sheet.
  • Broiling the chicken sears the edges of the chicken and makes it much more flavorful.
  • Serve with this easy rice cooker turmeric rice!


Serving: 6skewersCalories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 27gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 1293mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2mg
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