Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers

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Fresh lemon, herbs, and garlic come together in this fast and flavorful marinade. Complemented with fresh and bright summer veggies in this amazing meal that is under 400 calories!

lemon garlic herb chicken on skewers.I am so excited to share a delicious recipe with you today! And the best part is that it is under 400 calories. It is from Our Best Bites’ newest cookbook 400 Calories or Less.

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I have been a huge fan and follower of Our Best Bites even before I started a blog. They have such amazing  family friendly recipes and cookbooks. Sara has such an inspirational story of losing 50 pounds! {You can read all about her story here.}  She looks amazing!! And if you have been following along I started my weight loss journey last December. I loved hearing about her weight loss story and our plans were both similar to losing weight.

I had to lose my baby weight. I was miserable and wanted to feel like myself again. Since December I have lost  all baby weight (close to 30 pounds) and maintained the same weight now for 5 months. A huge part has been keeping active by doing Crossfit 4 times a week and logging in all of my food with My Fitness Pal. I also check in with the nutritionist at the gym weekly to keep me on track.

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I chose these Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers because they use minimal ingredients but the fresh herbs and lemon garlic added such an amazing flavor. It is perfect for summer to throw onto the grill. They grill up in no time and have fresh and bright summer veggies included.

The flavors all came together so well and were a huge hit with the family. It just goes to show that you can still maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat delicious food that the entire family will love! This is the perfect summer meal and I know your family will love it too!

Makes 5 servings, serving size is 2 skewers

Calories: 197  Fat: 7g  Carbs: 8g  Fiber 2g  Sugars: 4g  Protein: 26g

Recipe from 400 Calories or Less with Our Best Bites

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Herbed Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers

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Fresh lemon, herbs, and garlic come together in this fast and flavorful marinade. Complemented with fresh and bright summer veggies in this amazing meal that is under 400 calories!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh herbs I used a mix of basil, rosemary and oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • 2 medium zucchini cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut into ¾ inch squares
  • 1 medium red onion cut into wedges and then ¾ inch squares
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges for serving


  • In a small bowl combine garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside.
  • Place cut vegetables in a zip lock bag and add 3 tablespoons of the herb marinade. Toss to coat. Place chicken in separate bag and add remaining marinade and toss to coat. Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 4-6 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat. Thread the skewers alternating with meat and vegetables. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes and then flip. Continue to cook and flip when necessary until the chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and squeeze on top.


Serves: 5

Calories266kcal (13%)Carbohydrates8g (3%)Protein26g (52%)Fat15g (23%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol73mg (24%)Sodium606mg (25%)Potassium736mg (21%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A1063IU (21%)Vitamin C57mg (69%)Calcium32mg (3%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken skewers, herbed lemon garlic chicken skewers, skewers recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Great recipe! Made it over the weekend for a lunch BBQ and it was perfect! Wouldn’t change a thing. I had some eggplant from the garden so I added that and it was a great addition.

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