Grilled chicken skewers are made with ranch marinated chicken kabobs and bacon. Serve them with grilled vegetables for an easy summer meal.
Kabobs are such a simple way to serve your favorite grilled meat during the summer. Have you had a chance to try my Grilled Hawaiian Beef Kabobs yet?
Or, these Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Kabobs are chicken pieces smothered in spicy bacon, brushed with a drunken barbecue sauce, and grilled to perfection.
These Ranch Chicken Kabobs with Bacon are a classic grilled chicken recipe. The marinated chicken grills up full of flavor and so tender. You’ll find yourself making it again and again during the summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I need to complete this recipe?
This is a very simple recipe. All you will really need are the chicken breasts and the ingredients for the marinade. Here’s the list of what you need.
- Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless)
- Olive Oil
- Ground Black Pepper
- Ranch Seasoning
- Ranch Dressing
If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them before adding the chicken and bacon – This helps prevent the Chicken skewers from burning.
If you want to skip this step, make sure that you purchase metal skewers instead of wood.
How do I make chicken skewers?
- Cut your chicken in chunks and marinate it overnight. This will give it the best flavor when it’s time to grill.
- Cook the bacon until it is done but still flexible.
- Add it to the skewers.
- Preheat your grill while you are threading the chicken onto the skewers.
- Cook the kabobs on each side. They are done when the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
- Remove them from the grill and serve.
Do I need to marinate chicken overnight?
To get the best flavor, you should marinate the chicken overnight. But, if you forget to do this the night before, you can marinate it for less time.
As long as you marinate the meat for at least an hour, it will take on the flavor of the marinade. Of course, more time is best.
Can I add vegetables to my Chicken Kabobs?
Yes, if you want to add fresh vegetables to your chicken skewers, you can do that. A few popular options are red onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini squash.
If you want to make ranch chicken kabobs with pineapple, you can add pineapple chunks instead of vegetables. Or, combine them all together for a delicious combination.
Can I make chicken kabobs in the oven?
If you don’t want to take out the grill, or don’t have one, you can make these kabobs in the oven.
All you need to do is follow these simple directions:
- Preheat your broiler.
- Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Place the chicken skewers on the tray.
- Broil them for 5 minutes.
- Flip them and broil them for 5 minutes more.
How do I store the Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Kabobs?
You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for 3-5 days.
Can I eat these warm or cold?
Either! I love these fresh off the grill or I’ll also use the leftovers to make chicken, bacon, ranch wraps and I’ll serve those cold.
You can also use the leftover chicken to top your favorite garden or chef salad. It would certainly be delicious in my barbecue chicken salad.
Make up a few extra so you have leftovers for the following day. It’s a great way to save time in the kitchen.
What can I serve with Chicken Skewers?
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Ranch Chicken Kabobs with Bacon
- 4 chicken breasts, about 1 1/2 pounds
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 ounces packets of ranch seasoning, 2 1-ounch packets
- 12 ounces package of bacon
- Ranch dressing, optional
- Cut the chicken into 2-inch cubes and put in an airtight container.
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, ground black pepper, and ranch seasoning mix. Stir to combine.
- Pour the ranch mixture over the chicken, tossing to coat all of the pieces and refrigerate overnight.
- Cook the bacon until it is cooked through, but still flexible enough to fold and put on the skewer.
- Preheat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Thread the cubes of chicken and bacon onto the skewers.
- Cook the kabobs for about 5-7 minutes on each side before flipping and grilling the other side. They are finished when the chicken has reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove from the grill and serve. Drizzle with additional ranch dressing if desired.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published March 2021
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