Spiced Chicken Kabobs and Chickpea Salad

Happy Memorial Day!

I know this day is typically just associated with grilling, pool parties, and hamburgers, but I hope everyone is taking some time to think about and remember all the people who have served this country in the past and all those that are actively doing so now.

We have so much to be thankful for, and much of that is because of the thousands that have served our country and protected our land on our behalf.


With that being said, Memorial Day falls in that sweet spot between spring and summer, when the weather is finally beginning to stick with warmer days and breezy nights.

Nice weather + a 3 day weekend + fresh produce starting to come out of the garden = a great reason to cookout with friends and family.


If you’re looking for something a little less greasy than hot dogs or hamburgers, these spiced chicken kabobs are perfect for a lunchtime cookout.


The chicken is warm from the spices, crusty from the char of the grill, and they’re cooled down just enough with the lemony chickpea salad.

Plus, grilling out means I have less to do in the kitchen Winking smile Nick is the Grill Master, so these are his domain. All I had to do was mix the salad together, watch him grill, and eat.

Quick, easy, and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. Win win.


Spiced Chicken Kabobs and Chickpea Salad

Makes: 4 servings



  • 1 lb. chicken breast, diced into 1-2” pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Chickpea Salad:

  • 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4-5 radishes, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  1. In large bowl, toss diced chicken with spices and oil. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. While chicken is marinating, put the chickpeas in a large bowl.
  3. Toss the chickpeas with the red onion, radishes and spinach.
  4. Stir the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper into the chickpea mixture and let it sit until you’re ready to eat.
  5. Put chicken on kabobs and grill over medium heat until cooked through.
  6. Serve with the chickpea salad (either at room temperature or cold).

15 Responses to “Spiced Chicken Kabobs and Chickpea Salad”

  1. #
    Cookin' Canuck — May 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    This is exactly the kind of meal I like to have lined up for quick summer grilling. Fantastic flavors!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:58 am

      Thanks! We loved it!

  2. #
    Maria — May 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I love the chickpea salad!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:59 am

      Thanks Maria :) I think the salad was my favorite part. I had the leftovers for lunch :)

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    heather christo — May 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my! these flavors look great! I especially would like to make that chickpea salad!

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 2:14 am

      Thanks Heather! We loved it.

  4. #
    Maris(In Good Taste) — May 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    This is the perfect Memorial Day cookout.

  5. #
    Erica — May 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Gotta love grilling! Its super tasty and means less clean up :) No complaining from this little lady!! Your dinner looks fantastic- especially the lemony chickpea salad

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2011 at 1:59 am

      Thanks Erica :)

  6. #
    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — May 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Looks like a great meal for Memorial Day. Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend! :)

  7. #
    jacquie — May 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    french onion soup

  8. #
    Chris — May 31, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Looks like a delicious meal! Love love love the chickpea salad. Must try…:)

  9. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — May 31, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Ah, meat on a stick, you can’t beat that! The chickpea salad looks like the perfect companion. :)

  10. #
    Joanne — May 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Awesome post and awesome meal! Those chicken kabobs are definitely the perfect alternative to greasy bbq…and that chickpea salad! It’s like it was made just for my tastebuds!

  11. #
    Shannon — May 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    fabulous summer meal. and it’s about now when i get severe pangs from missing my grill…

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