Grilled Peach and Chicken Kebabs

Every August when the Ontario peaches arrive in our markets, we tend to go a little stone-fruit crazy.

There’s always a large bowl of peaches ripening on our dining room table next to a stack of cloth napkins for a sticky afternoon snack. We slice peaches into our morning oatmeal and ice them for afternoon lemonade. I pair them with fresh tomatoes and soft cheese for a twist on a Caprese salad and stew them with brown sugar and spices into a sticky barbecue sauce.

And this summer, we’re skewering peaches with chicken and grilling them to perfection. It’s a fast and fun dinner that pairs perfectly with my Watermelon Greek Salad. There’s still time for plenty of patio meals before fall arrives, so read on for the recipe and start planing your next cookout.

Fresh garden herbs, loads of lemon and charcoal grilling all contribute to these succulent chicken kebabs. I’ve been making a variation on this dish for ages, but this summer I finally measured the ingredients and formulated a proper recipe.

In today’s version, I’ve tucked thick slices of peaches in between the chicken cubes, but I also love using thin slices of lemon, rounds of zucchini or sweet bell peppers. In short, use what you have, and if peaches are what you have, it is best if they are on the firm side.


All images by Alison Slattery

Here’s my secret: I like to use a combination of fresh and dried herbs for a punchy marinade. Then I divide the marinade: half for the overnight marinade and half for basting while the chicken is grilling. Chicken breasts need maximum flavour infusion and this method works the best.

Whenever I’ve got the coals lit in the kettle grill, I tend to raid the garden and comb the fridge to round up everything that can possibly be grilled. A few more peaches, young onions, tomatoes, figs, new zucchini…

Even a wheel of Brie gets a few grill marks – it’s the perfect way to take off the chill from the fridge; serve it up with crackers and a few grilled figs for an easy appetizer during afternoon spritz.

For maximum juicy kebabs, give them a short resting time before serving. This will give you time to toss the salad together and round up drinks.

Dress the kebabs on a bed of fresh herbs and squeeze a little grilled lemon over the top. Serve with a side of punchy tzatziki or even just a dollop of thick Greek yogourt. Perfection.

It’s this sort of effortless cooking that I love so much about summer. Two ingredients, chicken and peaches, together with a simple marinade, transformed on a grill into a beautiful dish that’s worthy of your weekend table.


Greek-Style Grilled Peach and Chicken Kebabs
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A simple, summer dinner that can feed a crowd and can be prepped in advance.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mediterranean herbs or Herbs de Provence
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 semi-firm peaches
  • 1 whole lemon, halved
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or jar, stir together the lemon juice, minced garlic, dried herbs, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and olive oil. This is your punchy marinade.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into 1-1/2 inch cubes. Drop into a large resealable plastic bag and pour in HALF of the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade. Seal the bag and turn it a few times until the chicken is coated. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Preheat a grill to 400F. Have a spray bottle handy for flare ups and a sturdy pair of tongs.
  4. Cut peaches in half, and then quarters. Thread marinated chicken onto metal skewers, alternating with the peaches. Do not over-crowd. I like to use 2-3 pieces of chicken per skewer; you'll need about 12 skewers.
  5. Grill kebabs over direct heat for 4-5 minutes until they have grill marks, then flip and grill the other side. Combat flare-ups with a spray of water. Alongside the chicken, grill the lemon, cut side down.
  6. Pull out that reserved marinade. Move the kebabs to indirect heat to continue cooking, about 5-7 more minutes. Baste them frequently with the marinade, brushing it on both the chicken and the peaches, and turning the kebabs once or twice. Cooking time will vary from grill to grill.
  7. Remove chicken and lemon; pile onto a platter. Rest for 10 minutes, tented with foil to keep warm. Heap the kebabs onto a bed of fresh herbs and squeeze the grilled lemon over the top. Serve with a generous side of tzatziki sauce.

Ah summer…why are you so fleeting?

Images provided by Alison Slattery of Two Food Photographers, who also loves her Weber kettle grill. Thanks, Ali!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. Grilled kebabs! I love it! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Wow, these look really, really good! The first thing I thought was how great those peaches will go with it. And those spices really take it up a notch. Love it!

  3. I just made these for dinner and they were phenomenal! Thanks for the recipe. The only change I made was to add more salt while grilling. This recipe it’s going in my recipe folder!!

  4. Hey, Aimee! I tried grilling these sweet skewers on my grill and they were perfection! Thanks for the great recipe. Love your blog!

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