Keto Italian Chicken Skewers are incredibly easy to make, require only a few ingredients, are healthy and full of flavor. They are great served with salads, on their own, on top of zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice. The chicken turns out unbelievably juicy and tender, with a delicious aroma from the Italian herbs and lemon.

If you are looking for more Keto recipes, our Dill Pickle Dip is creamy and delicious, so is our bacon packed Buffalo Crack Chicken Dip. Speaking of crack chicken, you can make this Instant Pot Crack Chicken and serve it over zucchini noodles.

Keto Italian Chicken Skewers

Keto Italian Chicken Skewers

Our collection of Keto recipes is growing, as we are huge fans of this eating lifestyle. This recipe for Keto Chicken Skewers is a staple in our house. It’s quick, its easy and the best part is that it can be served as is or paired with so many yummy side dishes. We love serving it with Keto Mashed Cauliflower and a light salad on the side.

The chicken gets very tender from marinating for a few hours and soaks in all the fresh and citrusy flavors, becoming juicy and aromatic.

Is chicken good on a Keto diet?

While protein is important in any diet, the keto lifestyle isn’t so much about protein as it is about a good balance of protein and healthy fats. That’s why in this recipe for Keto Chicken Skewers we use a good amount of virgin olive oil and also buttermilk.

Why do you soak chicken in buttermilk?

Because buttermilk is only slightly acidic, it is capable of tenderizing chicken without toughening up the meat like if you would only use lemon juice. The enzymes present in buttermilk also help in breaking down the protein in the chicken, resulting in a tender chicken.

What can I use as a substitute for buttermilk?

For each cup of buttermilk, you can mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar with 1 cup of milk. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes. Use in recipes.

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Keto Italian Chicken Skewers

What is a good marinade for Keto Chicken Skewers?

See the recipe for measurements, but here are the ingredients that we use to create a flavorful and refreshing chicken marinade.

  • Olive oil
  • Buttermilk
  • Italian seasoning herbs mix
  • Fresh parsley
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Keto Italian Chicken Skewers:

  • Start by cleaning 3 pounds of chicken, run it under cold water, dry it with paper towels. Cut and discard any fat pieces.
  • Next, Cut chicken into 3 inch cubes and add to a large ziplock bag.
  • After that, in a medium bowl mix the rest of the ingredients: olive oil, buttermilk, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Whisk until fully combined. Pour the mixture on top of the chicken.
  • Close the ziplock bag, shake to coat the chicken evenly in the marinade and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Preferably, shake and toss the chicken during this period a few times, so it marinates evenly.
  • For outdoor grilling, heat the grill until hot. For indoor cooking, place a cast iron grill pan oven medium-high heat and add to it about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • If desired, arrange the chicken pieces on wooden skewers. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  • Serve with a salad, lemon and your favorite dressing for dipping.

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Keto Italian Chicken Skewers

Can you cook Keto Italian Chicken Skewers in the oven?

  • You can definitely cook Chicken Skewers in the oven.
  • First, preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray with cooking oil a cooling/baking rack, place in into a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Next, arrange the chicken skewers onto the baking rack.
  • After that, bake the chicken skewers for 10 minutes, baste with the marinate and turn over. Bake for another 10 minutes, baste again and bake for 5 more minutes or until done.
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Keto Italian Chicken Skewers

Keto Italian Chicken Skewers are incredibly easy to make, require only a few ingredients, are healthy and full of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breast cut into 3 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus extra for cooking
  • 1/2  cup  buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon  dried Italian seasoning herbs mix
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Clean chicken by running it under cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Cut and discard any fat pieces.

  2. Cut chicken into 3 inch cubes and add to a large ziplock bag.
  3. In a medium bowl mix the rest of the ingredients: olive oil, buttermilk, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Whisk until fully combined. Pour the mixture on top of the chicken.
  4. Close the ziplock bag, shake to coat the chicken evenly in the marinade and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Preferably, shake and toss the chicken during this period a few times, so it marinates evenly.
  5. For outdoor grilling, heat the grill until hot and spray it with cooking oil. For indoor cooking, place a cast iron grill pan oven medium-high heat and add to it about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  6. If desired, arrange the chicken pieces on wooden skewers. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

  7. Serve with a salad, lemon and your favorite dressing for dipping.
Calories: 276, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 391mg, Potassium: 624mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 33g, Vitamin A: 5.8%, Vitamin C: 17.8%, Calcium: 3.8%, Iron: 4.9%

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