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Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

This Grilled Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce is perfect to grill all summer long! Plus, grilled chicken spiedini is super simple and ready in about forty minutes!

May 17, 2019 (Last Updated: September 7, 2019)
This Grilled Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce is the best easy BBQ recipe for summer! This kabob style chicken is super crispy, a little spicy and finished with the perfect amount of citrus and butter. This main dish is perfect for families, parties and the 4th of July! #grill #BBQ #4thofJuly #chicken

Another day, another grill recipe! I’m not even sorry, this one is an OG and it deserves a standing ovation for being dang delicious. Bonus, this chicken spiedini is also super simple and doesn’t take much time to make. This Grilled Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce has been made in my family for as long as I can remember. Growing up this was the recipe we ate the most over the summer and always requested when my dad would grill. Really how can you not love it?! The chicken spiedini is breaded and just a touch spicy, then grilled to perfection with the perfect amount of char. Finally, to top it all off it is drizzled with melted butter and lemon. YUM, get in my belly now! Okay, enough from me. I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! Enjoy!

Grilled chicken pieces on a blue plate with corn and asparagus.

What Do You Need To Make This Chicken Spiedini Recipe?

The kitchen tools you will need for this chicken spiedini recipe are:

The ingredients you will need for this Grilled Chicken Spiedini recipe are: 

  • Chicken Breast 
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine- Optional
  • Spices
  • Panko and Regular Bread Crumbs
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Butter
  • Lemon Juice

Overhead shot of chicken on four skewers on a white marble counter with lemons on the side.

How Do You Make Grilled Chicken Spiedini?

  1. Slice chicken into 1 inch cubes, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Next, coat with olive oil and white wine then cover and marinade the chicken for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Next, add the breading to the bowl with the chicken toss until all the chicken spiedini is coated.
  3. Add coated chicken to skewers and coat in excess bread crumbs if desired.
  4. Add chicken spiedini skewers to hot grill and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Once cooked serve warm with Lemon Butter Sauce and enjoy!


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Tips and Tricks for the Best Chicken Spiedini 

Swap Out the Wine: If you want to eliminate the alcohol (white wine) from this recipe go for it! A great alternate option is using chicken or vegetable broth in its place.

The Perfect Cook: If the chicken spiedini is getting too charred for your liking set it to a cooler part of the grill until it reaches 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to assure that your chicken is cooked perfect and no over or under done.

Spiedini Sauce Secret: Make the Lemon Butter Sauce just before you are ready to serve this chicken spiedini recipe. If you make the lemon butter sauce for the chicken spiedini too early the butter will harden and you will need to re-make it. Trust me, it is very difficult to drizzle hardened butter over top of grilled chicken. spiedini. 

Silver spoon pouring lemon butter sauce over chicken on a blue plate.

Common Chicken Spiedini Recipe Questions

Do I have to marinade the chicken breasts?

Yes, you really should. Letting the chicken marinade even for just 20 minutes helps give the chicken flavor and helps the breading stick better for a crispy outside. The marinade also helps the chicken spiedini stay tender once cooked. Also, you can marinade the chicken longer (even overnight) if that is easier for you.

How long does the cooked chicken spiedini stay good for?

When stored in an airtight container in the fridge the grilled chicken spiedini will stay good for up to 4 days. To re-heat the chicken, microwave until steaming, or place in oven until warm. The oven method is better because the breading will stay crisper.

What should I serve this Chicken Spiedini Recipe with?

Literally anything. I like to serve this chicken spiedini with pasta, potatoes, veggies, corn, dinner rolls, or a side salad. Check out my side dish recipes for some ideas as well!

Do I have to use a grill for this chicken spiedini recipe?

No, you do not but if you have one use it! Alternatively, you can use a grill pan on the stove top for the chicken spiedini recipe.

My breading fell off! What did I do wrong?

MAKE SURE YOU SPRAY THE GRILL OR GRILL PAN BEFORE ADDING CHICKEN. If you do not the breading will stick, it will be a mess, and your chicken will be sad. Let’s avoid sad, bread-less chicken spiedini.

Grilled chicken on blue plate with veggies and lemons.

Looking For More Chicken Recipes? Try These Next!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders

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This Grilled Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce is the best easy BBQ recipe for summer! This kabob style chicken is super crispy, a little spicy and finished with the perfect amount of citrus and butter. This main dish is perfect for families, parties and the 4th of July! #grill #BBQ #4thofJuly #chicken
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Chicken Spiedini Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

This easy Grilled Chicken Spiedini Recipe is the best summer grill recipe! This family favorite is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinade20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Grill
Keyword: Chicken Spiedini Recipe, Easy Grilled Chicken Recipe, Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 499kcal


Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 3-4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter Melted


  • Cut chicken breast into 1-inch cubes and add to large bowl. Season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper (keep remaining for breading) and add in olive oil and white wine. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 
  • While the chicken is marinading, combine remaining salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, garlic powder, Italian bread crumbs, Panko, Parmesan cheese into a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. 
  • Once chicken has marinaded remove from the fridge and add in the dry ingredients and stir until all chicken is well coated. Spray skewers with cooking spray and skewer chicken cubes on until none remain. Pat on fallen breading if desired. 
  • Heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray to avoid bread crumbs from sticking. Add skewers to heat and cook 4 minutes each side or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees. If they are getting too charred place them on a cooler part of the grill until cooked through. 
  • To serve remove chicken from skewers and drizzle with Lemon Butter Sauce. Enjoy!

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Right before serving add melted butter and lemon juice into a small bowl and stir to combine. Top with additional red pepper flakes for an extra spicy kick. Serve over Grilled Chicken Spiedini
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*You can swap the white wine out for chicken brother if you wish. 


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.5g | Protein: 50.6g | Fat: 26.2g | Saturated Fat: 6.9g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1.4g | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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  • Reply
    Shelly Behnke
    August 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    5 stars
    So happy to hear all of the positive comments for a favorite of our family. My mom made this often when I was growing up. We lived in St Louis in an area right outside of “The Hill” which is known for fabulous Italian food. The smells in the air are amazing! When I got married and started to experiment with cooking I took moms recipe and tweaked it over the years. Caitlyn and her brother loved it as did guest. One friend said she wouldn’t come over unless we made it! She finally learned to make it and cooked it for us recently 😀 . Caitlyn took what we made and turned it into her own and I love it. I hope you enjoy as much as we have over the years. And kudos to my dad and hubby for figuring out the best way to keep that delicious breading on the chicken and not the grill!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 29, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you for passing down the most bomb recipe! It is a hit and I love the story behind it! Love you!

  • Reply
    August 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    5 stars
    So my family proclaimed tonight that was the best meal I have made EVER!!! With grilled asparagus wrapped in bacon (can you go wrong) and Spaghetti with Garlic & White Wine Lemon Sauce!! One of our favorite dishes at a local Italian Restaurant is Chicken Spiendini this recipe surpasses our long time (at least 20 years) fave!!! Thank You for this recipe definitely our new go to!!!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much, and so glad you loved it! That meal def sounds like one for the books with all the tasty sides! The inspiration for this recipe was from an old Italian restaurant that closed down in my hometown of St. Louis. My mom and I have changed this recipe through the years and we finally got it perfect! Thanks again for your comment!

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 4:15 am

    5 stars
    NEVER be sorry for another grilling recipe! My family LOVED this! What a way to kick off the grilling season! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    May 18, 2019 at 3:46 am

    5 stars
    Vow. This is such a flavorful starter and best option for a Party. My guest and family to enjoy every bit of it.

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    May 18, 2019 at 3:43 am

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and had nothing but smiling faces all around the table! Perfectly crispy and delicious!

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

    5 stars
    Loving the sound of the lemon butter!! Such a perfect summer recipe.

  • Reply
    May 18, 2019 at 2:44 am

    5 stars
    This looks soooo delicious! I’m always looking for new, easy, & tasty grilling recipes! I love your tip to keep the breading on the chicken and not on the grill – perfect!

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