Apr 5, 2013

Lemon-Oregano Chicken Kabobs over Confetti RiceRecipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

5 Reviews

Serves: 4 // Prep time: 25 minutes | Marinating time: 2 to 4 hours | Grilling time: 8 to 10 minutes

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 bell peppers, 1 red and 1 yellow
  • .25 oz fresh Italian parsley
  • .25 oz fresh oregano
  • 1 garlic heads
  • 1 lemons
  • 1 red onions
  • 3 zucchini, each about 4 oz

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each 3 to 4 oz

Oil and Spices

  • .25 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • .25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.25 tsp kosher salt


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 pint low-sodium chicken stock (or broth)

Special Equipment

  • metal or bamboo skewers



  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each 4 to 5 ounces
  • 3 medium zucchini, about 12 ounces total


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves


  1. In a medium bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Cut the chicken thighs into 1-½-inch pieces. Cut each zucchini lengthwise in half, and then cut each half crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Add the chicken thigh pieces and the zucchini pieces to the bowl with the marinade and turn to coat them thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

  2. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350°F to 450°F).

  4. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until they start to soften, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the bell peppers and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Pour in the broth, add the salt, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer very gently until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Keep warm.

  5. Thread the chicken pieces and the zucchini pieces alternately onto skewers. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the kabobs over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is firm to the touch and the juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve the kabobs warm over the rice.

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Rating: 5 stars

Jul 27, 2014

Dale S

Really, Really Good

Shortly after getting my new Weber gas grill, I decided I wanted to try a variety of new recipes - expanding beyond burgers, chicken breasts, hot dogs, etc. Since we like chicken, I started on the Weber website and searched to find a chicken recipe. This one caught my eye.

The grilled kabobs were really, really good. I would highly recommend this recipe. The confetti rice was also very good and a nice complement to the kabobs.

In my opinion, the estimated preparation time of 25 minutes is significantly understated. I had chicken thighs, but they were not boneless nor skinless. Removing the skin was easy, but deboning was slow and tedious. (The second time i made this recipe, I bought boneless, skinless thigh meat - much easier.) Even without the deboning time (on my second attempt), I think the prep time was closer to 90 minutes, including time to build the skewers.

Like others, I added some other veggies to the mix - yellow squash and onions. Obviously, the recipe is very flexible in this area.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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