Marinated oven-baked chicken skewers recipe

This marinated chicken skewers recipe is about to become your new best friend. It’s so mouthwateringly delicious that my kids keep asking me for more, and I can’t blame them. Tender chicken thighs soaked in a flavor-packed marinade of zesty orange juice, fragrant cilantro, and punchy garlic. Hmm… sooo good! And the best part? They’re baked in the oven, so there’s no messy cleanup. Pair them with avocado and mango salsa and some fluffy basmati rice for a quick and wholesome dinner. Ready to dive in? Let’s get cooking!

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Five delicious looking chicken skewers on a plate served with mango salsa in a small bowl

Marinated oven-baked chicken skewers

Why you should try this recipe?

  • Convenience is key. I adore this easy recipe for its simplicity. With minimal effort required, you can achieve an explosion of flavors in just 10 minutes of marinating time. It’s become a staple in my household, gracing our dinner table at least once a week. With just a quick marinade and 20 minutes in the oven, dinner is served in a mere 30 minutes.
  • Budget-friendly brilliance. Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also gentle on the wallet. Chicken thighs, with their juicy tenderness, offer an affordable alternative to pricier cuts like chicken breasts.
  • Easy clean-up. Baking the chicken on a lined baking tray—first with aluminum foil, then parchment paper—means there’s virtually no mess to contend with. Enjoy the meal without the hassle of extensive cleanup afterward.

Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Wooden skewers (or metal skewers if available)

Chicken marinade ingredients:

All the flavors come from the marinade, which is both flavor-packed and simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh cilantro leaves (known as coriander in Australia)
  • Fresh orange juice (preferably)
  • Garlic clove (fresh, not garlic powder)
  • White vinegar
  • Sugar (I use raw organic sugar)
  • Olive oil
ingredients needed to make marinated chicken skewers

Find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below 👇

How to Make It:

  • If using bamboo skewers or any other wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Make the Marinade:

This simple marinade is bursting with flavors. You can prepare it in advance and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days to use later in the week.

orange cilantro marinade in a large glass bowl

Chop the cilantro leaves and place them in a large bowl. Add sugar, orange juice, olive oil, garlic, and white vinegar, and mix well to combine.

chicken pieces marinating in a marinade in glass bowl

Add the chicken pieces to the bowl with the marinade. Let the chicken marinate for 10 minutes before threading them onto the skewers.

Bake the Chicken:

  • Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil followed by parchment paper. Ensure you use just enough paper to place the chicken.
raw chicken skewers on a white square plate

Thread Chicken onto Skewers: After marinating, thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the soaked skewers before proceeding with baking.

4 chicken kebabs on a parchment paper ready for cooking

Place the marinated chicken skewers on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each skewer to ensure even cooking.

  • Cook for 15 minutes, turning the skewers at the 10-minute mark.
  • Turn on the broiler function of the oven. Position the baking sheet under the broiler and broil the chicken until browned, for approximately 1 minute.

Pro Tips

  • Ensure the parchment paper doesn’t hang over the edges or touch the oven walls to prevent burning.
  • You can marinate the chicken for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • Don’t forget to soak the wooden skewers before using them.
  • The cooking time might vary depending on your oven temperature, so please make sure to keep an eye on the chicken. It is cooked through when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C).
golden baked chicken skewers on a plate

Variations

  • Feel free to substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the chicken thighs.
  • You can marinate the chicken thighs without cutting and skewering them to save time. They will still taste delicious; just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • This is also an excellent recipe for grilling on the barbecue. Serve the chicken kebabs with some summer veggies for a fantastic Sunday dinner.
  • Add half a teaspoon of chili powder if you like the chicken to be a bit spicy.

How to serve

We love pairing these juicy chicken kebabs with mango avocado salsa and some freshly cooked basmati rice. If you have an extra 5 minutes to spare, whip up some black bean dip to create a delicious and nourishing bowl.

Alternatively, you can serve them with a Greek salad, simple coleslaw, or spiced chickpea salad. For a heartier meal, pair them with creamy pesto pasta.

These baked chicken skewers taste just as good the next day and make a delightful lunch. Try them as a filling for wraps or pita bread.

Or simply serve them with your favorite veggies and fresh herbs for a light and satisfying meal.

How to store

Once the baked chicken has cooled down completely, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. 

You can also freeze the baked chicken by placing it in a freezer-safe container or zip bag for up to 3 months. Simply defrost it overnight and reheat it as described below 👇 

How to Reheat:

To reheat the baked chicken skewers, there are a few methods you can use:

  1. Microwave: Place the chicken skewers on a microwave-safe plate and heat them in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the chicken skewers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and heat them in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until warmed to your liking.
  3. Skillet: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Place the chicken skewers in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until heated through.

Here are more delicious easy chicken recipes to try:

The marinade in this recipe is adapted from Pinch of Yum blog

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5 chicken kebabs on a square white plate

Marinated oven-baked chicken skewers recipe

Elena Elliott
Tender chicken skewers marinated in orange and cilantro marinade are so easy to make and sooo delicious. Served with some salad or freshly cooked rice, they make a perfect weeknight family dinner.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine asian
Servings 10 skewers

Equipment

  • 10 wooden or metal skewers

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kilogram boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves (coriander)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice freshly squeezed if possible
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Skewers: If using bamboo or wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Preheat Oven: Set the oven to 400°F (200°C) and allow it to preheat.
  • Prepare Chicken: Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.
  • Make Marinade: In a large bowl, combine chopped cilantro leaves, sugar, orange juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and white vinegar. Mix well to create the marinade. (This marinade can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.)
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Marinate Chicken: Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, mix, and let them marinate for 10 minutes before threading them onto the skewers.
  • Prepare Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and parchment paper. Ensure there is just enough parchment paper to accommodate the chicken skewers without crowding.
  • Arrange Chicken: Place the marinated chicken skewers on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each skewer to ensure even cooking.
  • Bake: Cook for 15 minutes, turning the skewers at the 10-minute mark. Turn on the broiler function of the oven. Position the baking sheet under the broiler and broil the chicken until browned, for approximately 1 minute.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

    • Ensure the parchment paper doesn’t hang over the edges or touch the oven walls to prevent burning.
    • You can marinate the chicken for 10 minutes or overnight.
    • Don’t forget to soak the wooden skewers before using them.
    • The cooking time might vary depending on your oven temperature, so please make sure to keep an eye on the chicken. It is cooked through when the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (75°C).
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