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Smoked Chicken Kabobs: A Savory Grilled Skewers Recipe on Traeger

Introduction: The Smoked Chicken Kabobs Experience

There’s something special about smoked chicken kabobs. That smokey flavor that can only come from a pellet or charcoal grill, combined with the juicy tenderness of the chicken pieces, the colorful and crunchy bell pepper, the sweet red onion, and the tanginess of the marinade. It’s a symphony of flavors that dance on the tongue and make every bite a delight. It’s not just about the taste; it’s about the entire experience of creating this delicious dish.

Colorful chicken kabobs on a grill, smoke rising from the charcoal.

The Perfect Chicken for Kabobs

Whether you prefer chicken breasts or chicken thighs, either can make great chicken kabobs. The key is to cut your chicken into equal-sized 1-inch cubes, to ensure even cooking. This also makes the chicken easier to thread on the wooden or metal skewers. Remember, larger pieces of chicken may need more cooking time. Use a sharp knife and a sturdy cutting board for best results.

Raw chicken cubes on a cutting board, ready for skewering.

Marinating Your Chicken Pieces

Marinating your chicken pieces is a critical step in the smoked chicken kabobs process. A good marinade adds layers of flavor and helps to tenderize the chicken. Simple ingredients like olive oil, soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper work wonders. For a spicy boost, try adding some cayenne pepper or smoky chipotle marinade. Experiment with new recipes or stick to your favorites; the choice is yours!

Skewering the Chicken and Vegetables

Once your chicken pieces have marinated, it’s time to thread them onto your skewers. Wooden skewers, bamboo skewers, or long metal skewers are all excellent choices. Just make sure to soak wood skewers in warm water for a bit before using them to prevent them from burning on the grill. Alternate chicken pieces with bell pepper, red onion, and even cherry tomatoes or juicy pineapple for a delicious twist.

Skewered chicken and vegetables ready to be grilled.

Grilling Your Smoked Chicken Kabobs

Your smoker, pellet grill, charcoal grill, air fryer, or outdoor grill are all great options for cooking your smoked chicken kabobs. If you’re using a Traeger grill, Bradley racks, or any grill that allows for smoking with wood chips or wood pellets, you’re in for a treat. The smoky flavor they impart is unbeatable. Just remember to keep an eye on the cooking process and use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken is safe.

Serving Your Smoked Chicken Kabobs

Once your smoked chicken kabobs are cooked to perfection, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a bit. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken, making it even more succulent. Serve your kabobs with a side like potato salad or a fresh salad for a well-rounded meal. And don’t forget, leftovers make a quick meal for a weeknight dinner!

Smoked chicken kabobs served with a side of potato salad.

Customizing Your Smoked Chicken Kabobs

The beauty of smoked chicken kabobs is their versatility. Want to try a Hawaiian twist? Try our delicious pineapple chicken kabobs recipe. Craving something with a bit more kick? Our spicy BBQ sauce or hot paprika rub ingredients can give your kabobs a spicy edge. Looking for a more exotic flavor? Try tandoori chicken skewers, inspired by the Turkish soldiers who used their swords as grills. The possibilities are endless!

Conclusion: Smoked Chicken Kabobs – A Grilling Adventure

Creating the perfect smoked chicken kabobs is about more than following a recipe. It’s about the adventure of trying new recipes, experimenting with different cuts of meat and marinades, and sharing delicious food with friends and family. Whether it’s your first time making kabobs or you’re a grilling veteran, we hope this guide inspires you to try something new and delicious.

Succulent Smoked Chicken Kabobs Recipe

Succulent Smoked Chicken Kabobs Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

This recipe for succulent smoked chicken kabobs is perfect for any day of the week and are sure to be a hit at your next get-together. These kabobs, packed with chicken and vegetables, are marinated in a smoky sauce and then smoked to perfection for a delightful flavor punch.


  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Wooden skewers


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and ensure they are well-coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if time allows.
  3. When you're ready to cook, preheat your smoker to 225°F according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. While your smoker is heating, start assembling your kabobs. Thread a piece of chicken onto a skewer, followed by a piece of red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, and zucchini. Repeat this pattern until the skewer is filled, leaving about an inch on each end for handling.
  5. Repeat the process until all skewers are filled and all ingredients are used.
  6. Place the kabobs directly on the smoker grill grate. Close the lid and smoke the kabobs for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  7. Remove the kabobs from the smoker and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve your succulent smoked chicken kabobs with a side of your favorite dipping sauce or a fresh salad.


Marinating the chicken overnight will allow the flavors to penetrate more deeply. Also, soaking the wooden skewers in water before use prevents them from burning during the smoking process.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 780mgCarbohydrates: 45gNet Carbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 50g

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