These fantastic chicken skewers are a perfect way to prepare something colorful and delicious for the entire family. This recipe uses three different types of bell peppers and purple onions which is what makes them so wonderfully colored and appealing. However, you can use any other type of vegetables you have on hand like eggplants, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes or even arrange different ingredients among skewers. The preparation will remain the same with the exception of eggplants which require some previous preparation due to their natural bitter taste. The best way to prevent this is to generously sprinkle eggplants with some salt and let them sit for 15-20 minutes before use. Now, all you have to do is rinse eggplants thoroughly and you’re good to go.
The secret of this recipe lies in perfectly balanced Cajun seasoning which gives this beautiful combination its vibrant taste. Naturally, you can use the store-bought Cajun seasoning but I think preparing your own spice mixture is way more fun because you can add/reduce flavors according to taste.
Finally, keeping an eye on the grill is extremely important when handling small pieces of food that tend to burn quite easily. Turning and brushing skewers with some oil (or the reserved marinade) will prevent this. You will end up with pieces that are crispy on the outside and wonderfully juicy on the inside. And that’s exactly what we all want, right? Enjoy!
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
1 ½ pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
2 large purple onions, cut into wedges
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp homemade Cajun seasoning
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
12-16 wooden skewers (depending on the size)
One lime, optional
French fries, optional
Dips and sauces of choice
For Cajun seasoning:
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp dried rosemary
Rinse the meat thoroughly under cold running water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Place on a large cutting board and chop into approximately 1 ½ inch cubes. Transfer to a deep bowl and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss with olive oil and lime juice and tightly wrap the bowl in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour (no more than 4 hours).
Meanwhile, prepare the Cajun seasoning. Combine all spices in a small bowl and mix well. Transfer to a small jar with a tight lid or small Ziploc bag to preserve the flavor. Set aside.
Now, prepare the vegetables. Peel and cut onions into wedges. Optionally, add onions to a small sieve and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for about 10-12 minutes to remove the bitterness. Rinse under cold water and drain. Set aside.
Slice each pepper in half and remove the stem and seeds. Rinse well to remove any remaining seeds and chop into bite-sized pieces. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with some olive oil. Set aside.
Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before use. Drain and set aside. This will prevent the wood from burning.
Now, preheat the grill to high heat. Generously grease the grill grate with some oil. If you’re using an electric grill, position the grill grate right above the heat. Open fire, on the other hand, produces more heat so make sure to position your grill grate at least 4 inches above the fire pit for all recipes that require small pieces of vegetables and meat. This will prevent your food from burning without being cooked properly on the inside.
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and drain the marinade. Add to a bowl along with chopped peppers and onions and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning mix. Toss well to combine and divide among soaked skewers.
Grill until meat and vegetables are cooked through and lightly charred in places – about 8-10 minutes. Brush with the remaining marinade several times while grilling.
Remove from the grill and optionally sprinkle with some more Cajun seasoning before serving.
Sprinkle with lime juice and optionally serve with some French fries and your favorite dips and sauces such as garlic, sweet chili, barbecue, and similar.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 464, Protein: 37.7g, Total Carb: 12.2g, Dietary Fiber: 2.4g, Total Fat: 29.9g