Spiced Chicken & Grape Skewers

“Well, it didn’t just get up and walk away.”

Something you might say about an inanimate object that has seemingly totally, for sure, disappeared. But I think just because something can’t walk doesn’t mean it can’t escape you – or on the contrary, follow you around.

I kind of feel that way about certain recipes, or in general, just food trends. Take eggs, for example. No longer just for omelets and frittatas and quiches, they’re popping up poached on salads, fried on top of pastas, and baked onto pizzas.

Cooked grapes (and no, I’m not talking about jelly) might not be quite as trendy as eggs, but they could be the next big thing. Or maybe they were the last big thing, and I was late to hop on board? Either way, I feel recipes with cooked grapes were nagging at me for a while. I was intrigued, but when I finally saw Elina make Ellie Krieger’s Marinated Chicken and Grape Skewers, I couldn’t resist any longer. This recipe went right to the top of my “to try” list.

Here’s a tip: don’t wait any longer to make this! I’m glad I didn’t. I’m sure you’ve made things like this – it’s easy enough to throw some chicken in lemon and olive oil with garlic and spices and grill it up on skewers. But what you might not know is what a change grapes will bring to the table – you know, so this week’s kabob is a little different than last’s. Because if you’re anything like me I know you’ll be grilling plenty of kabobs this summer.

Like Elina, I was a little worried that twenty minutes wouldn’t be sufficient time to marinate the meat. Though I used less chicken than the recipe called for, I kept the spice amounts the same. The chicken came out beautifully tender and infused with Mediterranean flavor from the lemon juice, garlic, cumin and coriander.

Lemony Spiced Chicken & Grape Skewers
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Printable Recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
zest from 1/2 of a lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large chicken breasts, about 11oz total, cut into 3/4″ cubes
1 cup seedless green grapes (160gm)
fresh chopped mint, for serving

If using wooden skewers, begin soaking them. I like to put them on a rimmed baking sheet and add water to cover.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat; marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat grill over medium heat and spray the grates with olive oil cooking spray.

Alternately thread pieces of chicken and grapes onto the skewers. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle with fresh chopped mint.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 272.4
Total Fat: 9.5 g
Cholesterol: 90.4 mg
Sodium: 106.9 mg
Total Carbs: 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 37.0 g
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55 Responses to “Spiced Chicken & Grape Skewers”

  1. 1

    yumventures — May 3, 2010 @ 1:15 pm Reply

    Mmm sounds amazing! I love fruit flavors with meat! I also love frozen grapes — you must try them!

  2. 2

    Dawn — May 3, 2010 @ 2:34 pm Reply

    You know…I never would have thought to try this but it DOES sound delish! I will have to jump on the grape bandwagon now. :)

  3. 3

    Barbara — May 3, 2010 @ 4:16 pm Reply

    I do love grapes but never thought about skewering them. Good idea!

  4. 4

    Tasha — May 3, 2010 @ 4:46 pm Reply

    This is the first I've heard about cooked grapes, but I'm very intrigued now!

  5. 5

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — May 3, 2010 @ 8:07 pm Reply

    I love cooked grapes! i made braied chicken and grapes this winter and is was unbelievably good.

  6. 6

    Kelly — May 3, 2010 @ 9:58 pm Reply

    I agree with Lauren, I love, love love grapes in cooked savory dishes. I also made braised chicken with grapes that was fantastic and now that I think about it, should really find other ways to cook with them.

  7. 7

    *Naomi* — May 3, 2010 @ 10:51 pm Reply

    i LOVE the idea of grapes in this!! the spices sound amazing!! very israeli :)

  8. 8

    yellowfish — May 4, 2010 @ 2:52 am Reply

    Oh! I had a fish and grapes burrito the other day (it was on the menu, and I can't resist new flavor combos). It was delicious, and now I can't wait to make these!!

  9. 9

    Cookie baker Lynn — May 4, 2010 @ 2:24 pm Reply

    Grapes on a kabob? That sounds wonderful. Ellie has such wonderful recipes!

  10. 10

    Brandi — May 4, 2010 @ 2:52 pm Reply

    beautiful! What a great way to use grapes.

  11. 11

    Susan from Food Blogga — May 4, 2010 @ 5:44 pm Reply

    I completely agree. Just last week I had a burger with a fried egg on top. And grapes are popping up a lot. Last summer I blogged about grape muffins. Love your kabobs!

  12. 12

    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — May 4, 2010 @ 8:26 pm Reply

    grapes on a skewer! fabulous!ps i cant remember if i told you this or not but i wasnt really aware of your weight loss journey and it's awesome that you lost so much wt and that you're on a path to HEALTH! amen girl…xoxoxo:)

  13. 13

    Elina — May 4, 2010 @ 9:32 pm Reply

    Yay, I'm glad I inspired you. You inspire me with every post :)

  14. 14

    dinnersanddreams.net — May 5, 2010 @ 1:11 am Reply

    They look delicious. Bookmarked!Nisrine

  15. 15

    grace — May 5, 2010 @ 9:43 am Reply

    how interesting! i still haven't tried the whole cooked-grapes thing, but i'm intrigued. i once read that 15-30 minutes is plenty of time to marinate meat–the acid in the marinade is only so strong and can only penetrate so far regardless of how long it's left in contact with the meat. as marinades go, this one sounds delightful!

  16. 16

    Kloé — May 5, 2010 @ 2:09 pm Reply

    Woah! This looks amazing! Now the the sun is out I'll definitely attempt that on my barbecue! And your pictures are beautiful!

  17. 17

    Bellini Valli — May 5, 2010 @ 2:56 pm Reply

    Now you have me wondering what grapes would taste like in this savoury dish, and all before 8 AM.

  18. 18

    grace — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    how interesting! i still haven't tried the whole cooked-grapes thing, but i'm intrigued. i once read that 15-30 minutes is plenty of time to marinate meat–the acid in the marinade is only so strong and can only penetrate so far regardless of how long it's left in contact with the meat. as marinades go, this one sounds delightful!

  19. 19

    dinnersanddreams.net — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    They look delicious. Bookmarked!Nisrine

  20. 20

    yellowfish — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Oh! I had a fish and grapes burrito the other day (it was on the menu, and I can't resist new flavor combos). It was delicious, and now I can't wait to make these!!

  21. 21

    yellowfish — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Oh! I had a fish and grapes burrito the other day (it was on the menu, and I can't resist new flavor combos). It was delicious, and now I can't wait to make these!!

  22. 22

    *Naomi* — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    i LOVE the idea of grapes in this!! the spices sound amazing!! very israeli :)

  23. 23

    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    This is the first I've heard about cooked grapes, but I'm very intrigued now!

  24. 24

    Barbara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I do love grapes but never thought about skewering them. Good idea!

  25. 25

    Dawn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    You know…I never would have thought to try this but it DOES sound delish! I will have to jump on the grape bandwagon now. :)

  26. 26

    yumventures — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Mmm sounds amazing! I love fruit flavors with meat! I also love frozen grapes — you must try them!

  27. 27

    Elina — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Yay, I'm glad I inspired you. You inspire me with every post :)

  28. 28

    Bellini Valli — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Now you have me wondering what grapes would taste like in this savoury dish, and all before 8 AM.

  29. 29

    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    grapes on a skewer! fabulous!ps i cant remember if i told you this or not but i wasnt really aware of your weight loss journey and it's awesome that you lost so much wt and that you're on a path to HEALTH! amen girl…xoxoxo:)

  30. 30

    Kloé — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Woah! This looks amazing! Now the the sun is out I'll definitely attempt that on my barbecue! And your pictures are beautiful!

  31. 31

    Kloé — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Woah! This looks amazing! Now the the sun is out I'll definitely attempt that on my barbecue! And your pictures are beautiful!

  32. 32

    Brandi — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    beautiful! What a great way to use grapes.

  33. 33

    Cookie baker Lynn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Grapes on a kabob? That sounds wonderful. Ellie has such wonderful recipes!

  34. 34

    Cookie baker Lynn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Grapes on a kabob? That sounds wonderful. Ellie has such wonderful recipes!

  35. 35

    Kelly — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    I agree with Lauren, I love, love love grapes in cooked savory dishes. I also made braised chicken with grapes that was fantastic and now that I think about it, should really find other ways to cook with them.

  36. 36

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    I love cooked grapes! i made braied chicken and grapes this winter and is was unbelievably good.

  37. 37

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    I love cooked grapes! i made braied chicken and grapes this winter and is was unbelievably good.

  38. 38

    Susan from Food Blogga — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    I completely agree. Just last week I had a burger with a fried egg on top. And grapes are popping up a lot. Last summer I blogged about grape muffins. Love your kabobs!

  39. 39

    Susan from Food Blogga — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    I completely agree. Just last week I had a burger with a fried egg on top. And grapes are popping up a lot. Last summer I blogged about grape muffins. Love your kabobs!

  40. 40

    grace — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    how interesting! i still haven't tried the whole cooked-grapes thing, but i'm intrigued. i once read that 15-30 minutes is plenty of time to marinate meat–the acid in the marinade is only so strong and can only penetrate so far regardless of how long it's left in contact with the meat. as marinades go, this one sounds delightful!

  41. 41

    Elina — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Yay, I'm glad I inspired you. You inspire me with every post :)

  42. 42

    Susan from Food Blogga — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I completely agree. Just last week I had a burger with a fried egg on top. And grapes are popping up a lot. Last summer I blogged about grape muffins. Love your kabobs!

  43. 43

    yellowfish — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Oh! I had a fish and grapes burrito the other day (it was on the menu, and I can't resist new flavor combos). It was delicious, and now I can't wait to make these!!

  44. 44

    Kelly — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I agree with Lauren, I love, love love grapes in cooked savory dishes. I also made braised chicken with grapes that was fantastic and now that I think about it, should really find other ways to cook with them.

  45. 45

    Tasha — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    This is the first I've heard about cooked grapes, but I'm very intrigued now!

  46. 46

    yumventures — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Mmm sounds amazing! I love fruit flavors with meat! I also love frozen grapes — you must try them!

  47. 47

    Tasha — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    This is the first I've heard about cooked grapes, but I'm very intrigued now!

  48. 48

    Susan from Food Blogga — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    I completely agree. Just last week I had a burger with a fried egg on top. And grapes are popping up a lot. Last summer I blogged about grape muffins. Love your kabobs!

  49. 49

    Elina — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Yay, I'm glad I inspired you. You inspire me with every post :)

  50. 50

    Lauren (Healthy Delicious) — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    I love cooked grapes! i made braied chicken and grapes this winter and is was unbelievably good.

  51. 51

    Kelly — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    I agree with Lauren, I love, love love grapes in cooked savory dishes. I also made braised chicken with grapes that was fantastic and now that I think about it, should really find other ways to cook with them.

  52. 52

    yellowfish — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Oh! I had a fish and grapes burrito the other day (it was on the menu, and I can't resist new flavor combos). It was delicious, and now I can't wait to make these!!

  53. 53

    Tasha — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    This is the first I've heard about cooked grapes, but I'm very intrigued now!

  54. 54

    yumventures — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Mmm sounds amazing! I love fruit flavors with meat! I also love frozen grapes — you must try them!

  55. 55

    yumventures — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Mmm sounds amazing! I love fruit flavors with meat! I also love frozen grapes — you must try them!

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