Skillet-grilled Spiced Organic Chicken Skewers

Feast your eyes on this crowd pleaser dish  marinated with turmeric and other spices then grilled on a skillet and served over a combination of quinoa and turmeric rice.

Summer is just around the corner and will be here before you know it.   Many probably have their grill cleaned up and ready to cook up some delicious barbecue dishes.  Either it’s a tailgating party, backyard barbecue, or just dinner, this dish will surely suffice a hungry appetite.  Mm…


It was my hubby’s birthday a week ago, so although I wasn’t feeling well, I made this dish, one of his favorite chicken recipes and also prepared the formal dinning table to help him celebrate.

 The Menu:


Every year on my husband’s birthday, my children and I surprise him with a breakfast in bed with his favorite breakfast food and coffee along with a cake truffle bite and a birthday card. And we all join in and chat with him while he eats his breakfast.  My little ones get so excited every time we do this, especially my youngest.   He gets to wish him happy birthday and sign the card.  He loves our bonding time together.  There’s just one of those moments you know.  ❤

Anyway, you can use the marinade recipe for either chicken, salmon, beef or pork anytime, especially this summer and grill them on the barbecue grill.  No grill?  No problem, you can grill them on the skillet.  Yes, skillet!  Grilling the chicken on the skillet takes less then 30 minutes and you have a delicious meal without going to all that trouble of preparing and cleaning the grill.  🙂


  • 5 deboned, skinless, organic chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon or lime wedges
  • capsicum, minced
  • a handful of chopped cilantro

For the marinade:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground corriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground lemon grass (See Notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice
  • 1 tablespoon harissa or chili sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil


  • Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl; set aside.  Meanwhile prepare the chicken skewers.
  • Cut chicken to bite sizes and place in a large bowl.  Lightly season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Add the marinade mixture into the bowl with chicken and mix using your hand (I wore gloves because of the turmeric and curry) making sure the chicken is well coated with the marinade.  Place in the refrigerator and let it marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and let it come to a room temperature about 10-15 minutes.
  • Using a 6-8 inch skewer, skewer the chicken.
  • Heat a flat, square skillet (or you can use an indoor grill) over medium heat and coat with olive oil when hot.
  • Add the skewered chicken to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes before turning to the other side.  Cook for additional 3-4 minutes each side or until chicken is no longer pink.  Cover the chicken with a lid while cooking for moist chicken. Remove and set aside.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Serve warm with lemon wedges, your favorite starch and veggies and garnish with chopped cilantro and minced capsicum.
  • Enjoy!


  • You can use fresh lemon grass instead of the powdered one if  it’s available.  It’s actually best for this dish. But, you have to mix and process the ingredients in a food processor.
  • You can also prepare the chicken ahead of time.  The longer the chicken marinates, the better.

I hope you give this recipe a try.  The chicken was really tasty and we all enjoyed them.  Definitely no leftovers.  <3.    If you are searching for for another recipe to try, try this delicious recipe my hubby and I have come to love:  Harissa Chicken.  Click here to get the recipe.


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29 thoughts on “Skillet-grilled Spiced Organic Chicken Skewers

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    • Hi, Neeta! Yes, he had a big smile on his face and really enjoyed our dinner. Yes, the marinade is on our “favorite recipe” list.. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Neeta. Have a great day! 🙂

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    • Hi, Amanda! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely compliment. 😀 Yes, definitely a perfect summer barbeque recipe. I made another batch of the marinade and slathered it on the salmon then baked it; it was superb! I will be sharing it here too.
      🙂 Have a great evening, Amanda. 🙂

  4. These are just gorgeous, Anna. Look at all of those amazing flavors!!!!! I love the organic thighs… they have so much flavor compared with other cuts, and are higher in iron, b-vitamins and minerals. A great recipe I’ll try for sure. A happy birthday to your hubby. He’s a lucky guy! I want a coffee and cake pop in bed for my birthday. 😉 Sounds fantastic.

    • Oh, thank you, Shanna for the lovely compliments! Yes, thighs have more flavor in them and my family preferred them more than white meat, especially when I slathered them with the marinade, delicious! 🙂
      Thanks for the birthday greeting, Shanna,. I did mention it to my husband (he’s right behind me) and he said “thank you very much”.:) Yes, he is a lucky man indeed! Yes, I want breakfast in bed on my birthday too. Wouldn’t that be lovely! 🙂

      • Mother’s Day is coming up, Anna. I know you have a fantastic husband, and the sweetest kids, so I am sure a little something will be in store for you. Even a hug and thanks from your family… it just means the world. 🙂 Now, when is your birthday? I may have to put it in my calendar, amiga.

      • Oh, wow! You’re right Mother’s Day is coming up. How time flies! My hubby normally gives me a break from cooking and takes me out to dinner and gives me flowers. My children would either make their own Mother’s Day card or give me a gift, a flower, and a big hug. 😀 I love Mother’s Day. ❤ 🙂 About my birthday, I'll send you an e-mail. Thanks PRCCSS. 🙂

    • Hi, Silva! Thank you kindly. I appreciate the lovely compliment as well as the belated birthday greeting. I keep telling my husband “belated happy birthday from my blogging community” and he said “thank you”. 🙂 Have a great week, Silva! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Wow, Anna! That is one flavorful marinade! With those ingredients, it has to be good. I don;t know who does the grilling at your house but those chicken thighs were grilled to perfection. Very nicely done.
    Thanks, again, for mentioning the harissa chicken. I only wish my photo looked as good as yours does. 🙂
    A belated happy birthday to your husband and have a great week, Anna.

    • Oh, thank you, John for the kind words. Yes, a little heat from the harissa add a little punch and the combination of flavors made the marinade bursting with flavor. Yay! I did the grilling. 😀 Well, it was a surprise dinner, so I had no choice but to do it myself 🙂 Thanks for the belated b-day greeting, John. My husband said “oh, thank you!” I keep saying “another blogger said belated happy birthday to you” 🙂 He appreciates it. 🙂

  6. What a wonderful birthday treat for your husband. The customized menu is such a fun idea! I will have to remember that for my next event. The chicken skewers look delicious, Anna, perfectly grilled and appetizing. The marinade has an interesting combination of spices and ingredients–I did not expect to see hoisin or ketchup on the list, but I bet they add some flavor to the chicken.

    • Hi, Ngan! Thank you for your kind words. I do this every year. I go all out and prepare a “fine dinning” experience for my family every time we celebrate a special occasion. Yes, the chicken skewers were very tasty we didn’t have any leftovers. 😀 I was playing with the ingredients and when I added hoisin and ketchup it gave the marinade mixture a boost. I made another batch of this marinade and used it for the salmon dish we had the following night. It was awesome. I’ll be posting it here next. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Ngan. Have a great day! 🙂

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