Chicken Kebabs with Smoked Paprika Orange Sauce

Chicken Kebabs with Smoked Paprika Orange Sauce

My husband has been asking about kebabs, so when the weather turned to the warmer side, I am firing up a grill. This time, I decided to try a chicken kabob with a delicious smoked paprika orange sauce. When making kebabs, I like to marinate the meat overnight or at least few hours before the grilling. It tenderizes the meat and enhances the flavor. For this particular kebabs I used citrus base marinade of lime and orange. To that I added some garlic, onion and fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro and mint. For the seasoning, I used cumin, turmeric, some smoked sweet paprika and a little bit of red pepper flakes. Smoked paprika orange sauce compliments the chicken kebabs perfectly. You can serve these kebabs with grilled vegetables, fresh lavash bread, salad or brown rice.

Chicken Kebabs with Smoked Paprika Orange Sauce


Chicken Kebabs with Smoked Paprika Orange Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch cubes


  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut into 4
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice and lime zest of 2 medium limes
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs( parsley, cilantro )
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper or to taste


  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Smoked paprika orange sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lightly packed finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • 2 drops hot-pepper sauce such as Sriracha or to taste (optional)
  •  salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in the food processor and pulse it to grind. Pour over the meat, toss, and marinade for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, paprika, agave nectar, and sriracha. Add yogurt and whisk it until the dressing is creamy and blended. Taste and adjust the flavor balance and seasoning. Whisk again to blend just before using.
  3. Preheat grill on high heat. In a small saucepan, heat the basting mixture over low heat. Keep it warm.
  4. Thread 4-5 pieces of chicken onto each skewer. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently until done. The chicken is done when the juice that runs out is yellow rather than pink.
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and place it on the plate. Paint the chicken with the basting mixture again. Remove the chicken from the skewers.
  6. Garnish with limes and fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    March 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Bookmarking these to make later. Thanks for sharing, they sound delicious 🙂

  • Reply
    March 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Mmm these make me excited for summer grilling season! Your photography is beautiful, very striking!
    Xoxo K

    • Reply
      March 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much, K! I appreciate your comment! We’ve been having a perfect weather for grilling here in California:)

  • Reply
    March 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Love this recipe and also those skewers, they are great.

    • Reply
      March 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you so much Suzanne! I got these skewers last year and quite happy with them. They are great for meat, shrimp and ground beef kebabs as well.

  • Reply
    March 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    A very tempting dish and they look very inviting Olga 🙂

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    chef mimi
    March 29, 2015 at 6:48 am

    So lovely! I absolutely love your combination of herbs and spices in this dish!!!

    • Reply
      March 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thank you so much! We liked it, especially my husband:)

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    March 29, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Drooooooooool, those kebabs look fabulous Olga!! Love the sound of that sauce, yum!

  • Reply
    Dana Fashina
    March 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Mmmm, yeaaaahhhhh

  • Reply
    Dana Fashina
    March 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Mmmm, yeaaaahhhhh

  • Reply
    March 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Looks delicious !!

  • Reply
    March 30, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Can’t wait till we have warmer weather and I can try these on the BBQ!

  • Reply
    Patty Nguyen
    March 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    The char on your kebabs is perfect!!

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    Pang @ circahappy
    March 31, 2015 at 4:51 am

    This looks & sounds SO WONDERFUL, Olga 🙂
    I must try it.

  • Reply
    April 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    This sounds wonderful! That orange sauce sounds refreshing! Pinned so I won’t forget! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Angie! Hope you will try it:) it was very good, nice addition for your grill meats and veggies as well!

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