Healthy BBQ Alternatives: Chicken Skewers Two Ways

July 10, 2020kebabs

Andrea Bookoff, MS, RD 

Recipe adapted from Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. 

Onion Marinade


  • 1 ½ cups roughly chopped onions
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Harissa Marinade


  • 1.5 cups roughly chopped onion
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup harissa
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions (for both):

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until the mixture is smooth and about as thick as a milkshake. You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin the mixture.
  2. Toss 2 pounds, skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch chunks with the marinade and seal in a zip-top bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
  3. When ready to grill, wipe off the excess marinade, thread the chicken pieces on skewers, and grill, turning every few minutes, until the chicken has lightly charred on the exterior and is cooked through, about 8 minutes total.