These chicken kabobs are a great way to mix up your dinner meat options. While you can always just cook them as whole thighs, it is fun to make and serve the kabobs. They also make it easy for those days when you want to create several small prepped meals. Just simply slide the meat off into a container with rice and veggies and you have a perfect lunch the next day.
You will notice in the recipe it calls for cooking them to an internal temperature of 180-190’F as opposed to the normal 165’F for chicken. This is because thighs get more tender when they are cooked to that temperature. The darker meat can be a little tough when only cooked to 165.
Our air fryer isn’t an air fry only machine. We have the Ninja countertop oven. It has several different settings including bake. Because of this, I found I had to cook these at a higher temperature and longer than if I had cooked them in a standard air fryer. So, be advised when you use yours watch the color and temperature to know when they are done.
You can also just use your oven on the convection bake setting. When doing that just place the kabobs on a lined cookie sheet at the same temperatures as the recipe. You will need to flip them halfway through to get color on both sides. And if you are feeling adventurous you can always grill them outside. Serve this over rice with steamed broccoli, or with some roasted potatoes and carrots. Enjoy!
Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs
- 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 lemon zested roughly 1-2 Tbsp
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Juice from one lemon
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- Slice chicken into small chunks and set aside in a bowl. Mix together the zest, garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and olive oil. Pour over chicken and thoroughly coat each piece. Place chicken pieces onto skewers, leaving enough room at each end for picking up and moving. Place into air fryer or oven with lined bottom and cook at 425’F for 10-20 minutes. (This will depend on your cooker) Flip and cook an additional 10-15 minutes. Chicken thighs can cook to a higher temperature than breasts. They will be golden brown on the outside and reach a minimum of 180’-190’F internally.
- While the chicken is cooking prepare your butter rub. Melt ¾ of the stick of butter and then add the spices and last of butter. Stir completely and allow to thicken slightly. This will make it easier to brush on cooked chicken. After the chicken is done cooking place the skewers on a tray. Brush each skewer of chicken with the herb butter and Enjoy.