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Skillet Kabobs Recipe: Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Skillet kabobs are a quick and delicious way to enjoy a mix of tender meat and flavorful vegetables. Whether you use chicken, pork, or beef, this method ensures your kabobs are cooked to perfection on your stovetop.

To get started, all you need is a good heavy skillet, your choice of meat, and a variety of colorful veggies. Spice things up with your favorite marinades and seasonings, then cook them evenly in the skillet for a tasty meal.

What’s great about skillet kabobs is you can make them any night of the week with minimal prep and cook time, making them perfect for busy schedules. Grab your ingredients and let’s get cooking!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here are the ingredients you need to make delicious skillet kabobs:

Chicken or Steak:

  • Main Ingredient
  • For chicken, use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs.
  • Substitute with beef steak, like sirloin or ribeye.

Vegetables:

  • Bell Peppers: Any color (red, yellow, green)
  • Onions: Yellow or red
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Substitute with grape tomatoes or skip if sensitive to acidity.
  • Zucchini: Adds a different texture. Can substitute with mushrooms.

Seasoning:

  • Salt & Pepper: Basic, essential seasoning
  • Paprika: Adds color and mild spice
  • Garlic Powder: Substitute with minced fresh garlic

Oil:

  • Olive Oil: For cooking and marinating
  • Substitute with avocado oil or vegetable oil.

Marinade Extras:

  • Soy Sauce: Adds umami.
  • Can substitute with tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Deepens flavor. Optional.
  • Honey: Adds sweetness. Substitute with maple syrup or brown sugar.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Parsley or Cilantro: Adds freshness.
  • Chipotle Powder: Adds smoky heat, can be skipped.
  • Vinegar: Balances flavors. Apple cider or balsamic vinegars work well.

Keep these ingredients handy, and your skillet kabobs will turn out great every time! Feel free to mix and match based on what you have in the kitchen. Enjoy cooking!

Instructions


  1. Prepare Your Skewers
    Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning. Cut your chicken, beef, or vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Thread the pieces onto the skewers, alternating between meat and vegetables.



  2. Season and Marinate
    Choose your favorite marinade or seasoning. For a simple option, use olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also try a store-bought marinade. Coat your skewers evenly and let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.



  3. Heat the Skillet
    Place your cast iron or non-stick skillet on the stove. Preheat it over medium-high heat. Add a bit of oil to prevent sticking.



  4. Cook the Skewers
    Place the skewers in the hot skillet. Cook for 4-6 minutes, rotating every couple of minutes. The vegetables should be tender, and the meat should reach an internal temperature of 165°F for chicken or 145°F for steak.



  5. Rest and Serve
    Remove the skewers from the skillet. Let them rest for a few minutes on a plate. This helps the juices redistribute, making the meat more tender. Serve with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy your delicious skillet kabobs!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Get Your Skillet Hot: Before adding the kabobs, heat your skillet to medium-high. This helps create a good sear on the meat and veggies.

Avoid Overcrowding: Don’t pack too many kabobs on the skillet at once. Leave enough space between them to cook evenly.

Rotate Often: Turn the skewers every 2-3 minutes to ensure all sides cook evenly and get a nice char.

Season Generously: Use herbs, spices, and a seasoned spread to add flavor to your kabobs. You can also marinate the meat and veggies before cooking.

Check for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken should be at 165°F, and beef should be around 160°F.

Rest After Cooking: Let the kabobs rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute, making the meat more tender and flavorful.

Storing Kabobs

Refrigeration: Leftover kabobs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing: To freeze, wrap each kabob in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer bag. They can last up to 2 months in the freezer.

Reheating: Reheat in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes, or microwave them until warm. Be careful not to overcook and dry them out.

By following these tips and storage methods, you’ll enjoy delicious, perfectly cooked skillet kabobs every time.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Change Up the Marinade

  • Use lemon juice and garlic for a fresh and zesty kick.
  • Try a soy sauce and ginger blend for an Asian twist.
  • Balsamic vinegar and honey can add a sweet and tangy flavor.

Vegetable Options

  • Add zucchini slices and bell peppers for extra color.
  • Mushrooms and cherry tomatoes work well if you want more variety.
  • Consider using onions and pineapple for a sweet-savory mix.

Serving Suggestions

Side DishDescription
Rice PilafLight and fluffy, perfect with kabobs.
Pita BreadGreat for making little wraps.
Green SaladRefreshing and balances out the grilled flavors.

Drinks

  • Lemonade is always a hit, especially in the summer.
  • Iced tea can be a nice, cool option.
  • For something special, try a virgin mojito or margarita.

Dipping Sauces

  • Tzatziki sauce pairs well with kabobs.
  • Garlic aioli adds a creamy, garlicky touch.
  • Simple hummus can also be delicious.

By adjusting these elements, you can easily create a meal that is both unique and tasty.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.