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easy grilled chicken kebabs on a platter garnished with lettuce

Ancho Chile Lime Easy Chicken Kebabs Recipe

An easy grilled chicken kabob recipe that's kicked up in flavor with an Ancho Chile, Orange Juice, Chipotle Pepper, Lime Juice Marinade. Your new go-to grilled chicken recipe the Summer.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 544kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts skinless and boneless, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice Fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice Fresh squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder or New Mexico Chile Powder, or Chili Powder
  • 3 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce seeds removed, fine diced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Grilled lime halves for garnish and to squeeze over meal for additional flavor


  • Place the chicken pieces in a large shallow bowl or baking dish.
  • Whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, oil, chile powder, chopped chipotle peppers in Adobo, adobo sauce and garlic. Pour over the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator 1 hour.
  • Heat a grill to 500 degrees. 
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and skewer. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper. Turn the grill temperature down to 350 degrees and place the chicken on the hot grates.
  • Cook until each side is golden brown and slightly charred. About 4 - 5 minutes per side.  Close the grill lid and let cook through. About 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes. While the chicken is resting, place limes cut side down onto grill. Cook until grill marks appear on the flesh. About 1 - 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skewers and serve garnished with grilled lime wedges.


Tip: Cut up the chicken in equal sized pieces to insure even grilling.
These chicken skewers are very versatile and can be cooked on either an out-door grill or indoor grill. Or even in the oven. To use an indoor stove top grill pan, just brush the pan with oil and heat the pan over medium high heat until hot. Add the chicken skewers and cook 5 - 7 minutes per side. If using an oven, the broiler is the way to go. Place chicken kebab skewers on a sheet pan. Place under broiler using the 2nd rack down. Watch them close and broil them about 5 minutes per side.
Make Ahead: You can cut up the chicken and mix the marinade ingredients, but don't marinate the chicken for any longer than an hour. The acid in both the lime juice and orange juice will compromise the texture of the chicken by "cooking" it. It will become tough.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 3797mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg