Citrus Cilantro Chicken Skewers



One of the things that means the most to me whenever I’m having people over for dinner, or hosting my “girls night in,” is being able to prepare foods ahead of time and even in some cases, make them in advance of a party.

This tasty and delicious dish can be prepared up to a day in advance of a summer BBQ or it can be prepped in the morning before you leave for work.  Just throw them on the grill when you get home and they’re ready to go in under 10 minutes.. Not a bad deal and they are low calorie too!

Tasty, easy, and low cal!?! To me, that’s the perfect recipe for summer!


1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders

4 meyer lemons (regular lemons can be used too, but when meyer are in season, I jump at the chance to use them)

3 clementines

3 limes

A bunch of cilantro (I know, I know, but I’m obsessed with this herb these days)

1 jalapeño, diced with the seeds

1/3 cup chopped green onion, green parts only

2 tablespoons avocado oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Slice 2 meyer lemons, 1 clementine, and 1 lime and place them in a ziplock bag.


I think this combo of citrus looks so beautiful together!

Now juice 2 meyer lemons, 2 limes, and 2 clementines


Again, I’m loving this color combo.  It’s so summery!

Pour the juice in the ziplock bag.

Take a bunch of fresh cilantro and give it a rough chop (nothing fancy) and place that in the bag as well.

Now dice up a jalapeño and throw that in the bag, seeds and all, along with the green onion.

Now place the chicken in the bag and seal it.


How yummy does that look!?!

Now place the bag in the fridge and allow it to chill for at least two hours.

You can’t go wrong with this because the longer it sits, the tastier it will be. 🙂

At some point, you want to soak the skewers in water for about an hour to ensure they do not burn when you place them on the grill or grill pan.

Once you are ready…

Thread the chicken onto the skewers.


Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper (optional) to taste.

Brush the grill or grill pan with the avocado oil.

Heat the grill or grill pan over medium-heat to allow it to get hot before placing the skewers on it.

Grill the chicken for 4 minutes, then flip it, and grill it for another 4 minutes.


For the next remaining minute or 2, you can flip the skewers as much as you like or rearrange them to ensure they are grilled evenly.

Enjoy! Because these are to die for!

And I bet you can’t eat just one! 🙂



About peaceofpaleo

I love to cook, eat, write new recipes, blog, and take pics! Paleo to me, is about eating right and all natural! It's become my passion and way of life!

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