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lemon & paprika chicken kebabs

Lemon & paprika chicken kebabs a quick outdoor cook, but just as easy under the grill at home. A deliciously simple addition to any tapas platter.

portrait version of lemon and paprika chicken kebabs with dill dip and wraps to the back

Lemon and paprika chicken kebabs are one of the quickest meals I have in my repertoire. The kind of dish that I cook mid-week when I have chicken in the fridge, it needs to be used and am wondering what to do with it. Sound familiar? That’s when I remember that lemon and paprika chicken kebabs are quick to prepare and cook and require little effort to actually cook.

How to cook kebabs outdoors:

There is little that I enjoy doing more than eating outdoors with my family. Whether it’s a picnic, lunch on my patio or a barbecue on the beach, I’m rarely happier. As much as I love to eat outdoors, I also love to cook outdoors. Furthermore I’m not someone who needs the sunshine in order to get the barbecue going, that said it does help!

My family laugh as I do go on holiday with cookbooks, to read but also to inspire me. For me there is nothing better than cooking produce that I’ve picked up at a local market and cook for dinner that night. Yes, I know the idea of cooking on holiday is a definite NO to many people. But not to me, I am at my most relaxed and often most creative when on holiday. Just ask Michelle who’s on the receiving end of all my ideas when I return home!

lemon paprika chicken kebabs ready for eating with dip and wraps in back

I created this very simple barbecue dish for my youngest daughter who previously would not eat any barbecued food. We would be camping our outside in the garden, barbecue on and she would ask me to cook bacon! She used to be a very fussy eater, thankfully this is no longer the case.

However, she would always eat chicken and has never been afraid of spice. Therefore, I kept things simple and created these lemon and paprika chicken kebabs using a few of her favourite flavours (and mine too). Admittedly I would love more variety of vegetable on there, but they are, and remain her favourite!

Lemon & paprika chicken kebabs cooked outdoors!

These chicken kebabs are very quick to prepare which is why I like to make them when cooking outdoors on our family camping trips. I place the marinade and chicken into a ziplock bag ready for cooking wherever we decide to set up the barbecue, whether on the campsite or the nearest beach.

When cooking away from home I find the less fuss the better. For me it’s not about being particularly elabourate, more about just enjoying the fresh air and the company of the people you’re with. It’s even better if your chosen spot is within walking distance, as was the case in the photo below. That way you can pack a bottle of wine, enjoying a glass while you’re cooking!

Toasting marshmallow on the beach in Cornwall!

Besides I am firmly of the opinion that there’s little better on holiday than a barbecue on the beach. Finally, it’s only natural that any barbecue is followed by toasting marshmallows. The cracking sunset was an added bonus.

Can I cook lemon & paprika chicken indoors?

These lemon and paprika chicken kebabs have been cooked outdoors on the barbecue as I like to get a little smoky char on them. However, this recipe is very easily adapted if you want to cook them indoors instead, and indeed I frequently do!

Simply line a baking tray with some kitchen paper and lay the kebabs on the tray. Place the tray under the grill for around 15 minutes, turning mid way through to ensure the kebabs cook on both sides. Check the chicken is cooked by breaking it apart a little and if it’s still looking a bit pink pop is back under the grill.


We have used chicken breast for these kebabs however skinless chicken thigh meat would work just as well.

This recipe uses sweet peppers, however, you could add other vegetables of your choosing. Courgette, aubergine and red onion would all be delicious with the peppers and chicken.

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lemon paprika chicken kebabs ready for eating with dip and wraps in back

Lemon & Paprika Chicken Kebabs

Simple chicken kebabs flavoured with lemon and paprika. Great on the barbecue but just as easily cooked under the grill at home. The perfect addition to any tapas platter.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 442kcal


  • 1 lemon (finely grated rind and juice)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (cubed in bite-sized chunks)
  • 2 red peppers (cut into bite-sized chunks)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • salt


  • Place the juice and finely grated zest of a lemon into a bowl, along with the smoked paprika, garlic, olive oil and black pepper. Stir well to combine and add the cubed chicken. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge to marinade.
  • Ideally marinade the chicken overnight but if short of time a couple of hours will do.
  • When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the fridge and season with salt (do not add salt to the marinade as this will only draw all the moisture from the chicken). Thread the chicken onto a skewer, alternating with the red pepper.
  • Place the skewers on a hot barbeque turning regularly to ensure the chicken does no burn. Use any excess marinade to baste the chicken from time to time. This not only adds more flavour but also keeps the chicken moist.
  • Serve once the chicken is cooked through.

Cooking indoors:

  • Alternatively, if cooking indoors, place the kebabs onto a baking tray and place under a medium grill for approximately 15 minutes. Turn the kebabs regularly to ensure cooked through.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon & Paprika Chicken Kebabs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 1184mg34%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 4285IU86%
Vitamin C 184.2mg223%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : BBQ, British
Keyword : Marinade, Outdoor Cooking, Skewers
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Saturday 21st of July 2018

Made these tonight and were loved by all, especially M who wolfed them down!


Sunday 22nd of July 2018

Hi Fiona, thanks for commenting and I’m glad you all enjoyed them. They were created for the kids who always ask for them when we barbecue. Lesley x

Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday 26th of May 2018

Oh my, these are right up my street. I love the simplicity, but I bet they taste AMAZING!! Eb x


Friday 1st of June 2018

Thank you Eb. They’re so easy to throw together which makes them ideal when time is short - which it so often is. Lesley x

Monika Dabrowski

Saturday 26th of May 2018

Love the recipe and I am so envious you got to enjoy this dish on the beach! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare


Saturday 26th of May 2018

You’re welcome Monika. I have to say that has to be one of the best days of our camping trip in Cornwall last year, barbecue plus sunset - very memorable. Lesley x