Paprika Marinated Chicken Skewers for BBQ

A very simple marinade, quick to prepare. Paprika, olive oil, a bit of lemon juice and herbs. And patience to let the chicken get the marinade flavours. Ideal for your BBQs.

The French just love barbecues. And it can become a serious thing! When barbecues and planchas season starts, imagination flow: different marinade to prepare, find the best sausages or piece of meat… Although butchers and even supermarkets offer ready-made skewers, I like to imagine mine. It’s often quick to prepare. Olive oil, lemon juice, sometime soy sauce. Plus garlic and herbs from the garden. Then I try all kind of combination of spices.

So today I propose a simple marinade, with few ingredients to enjoy the flavours of paprika. The amount of marinade may seem small, but here we try to give flavour to the chicken by spicing and not soaking in a bath of marinade with often too much oil. This recipe may also be cooked in the kitchen in a frying pan with small chicken or turkey fillets instead of cubes.

Paprika Marinated Chicken Skewers for BBQ

Paprika Marinated Chicken Skewers for BBQ

Combine all ingredients of the marinade and add cubed chicken breast filet. Then Cook on the barbecue.
Course: Main dish
Cuisine: French
Occasion: Barbecue
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rest: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Portions: 6
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  • 6 chicken breasts filets
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon shallot or 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or a few stems of thyme
  • salt and pepper


Start by preparing the marinade:

  • In a container pour juice of ½ lemon, add olive oil and paprika. Stir well. Slice onion or shallot and add it with herbes de Provence (or any dried herb you like). Season with salt and pepper. Stir again
  • Cut the chicken into large cubes, add them to the marinade, combine to coat meat on each side.
  • Set aside for about 2 hours. Combine from time to time so that the marinade impregnates all sides of the chicken pieces.

Thread the marinated chicken onto metal skewers.


    • Cook on the barbecue or under the grill for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side (depending of thickness of chicken cubes and heat), turning frequently, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and golden-brown
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