Recipe: Chicken Skewers with Sliced Plantains

This Chicken Skewers with Plantains recipe is delicious and healthy! Chicken skewers are a great way to get your protein, and plantains are a great source of dietary fiber. This recipe is easy to follow and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Chicken Skewers with Plantains

Tips for Your Selections

  • When selecting plantains, look for those that are yellow or brown in color. Avoid plantains that are green or have black spots.
  • When selecting chicken breasts, look for those that are boneless and skinless. Chicken thighs can also be used for this recipe.
  • Skewers come in two main varieties: metal and wood. You don’t need anything special for metal skewers; just good, strong stainless steel will do. As meat and vegetables are prone to unintentional turning when placed on round skewers, it is ideal for the skewers to be flat rather than round in order to hold the meals in place.
  • The tomatoes to use on skewers are small ones, such as cherry tomatoes, instead of cut tomatoes. (Btw, interested in growing your own? I highly recommend this article on small varieties here. Tell ’em Pep sent you ‘-)

Ingredients for chicken skewers:

– 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
– 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/8 teaspoon salt
– See additional veggie options below (Mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, etc.)
– 12 skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before using)


1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 375-400 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and salt.
3. Thread chicken onto skewers, alternating with red and yellow pepper cubes.
4. Sprinkle the spice blend over the chicken skewers.
5. Grill for 10-12 minutes, flipping once, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Ingredients for grilled plantains:

– 2 large ripe plantains
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 375-400 degrees F.
2. Cut the plantains in half crosswise, then cut each half lengthwise into thirds.
3. Toss the plantain slices with olive oil and salt.
4. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear and the plantains are tender.

Substitutions / Options for Chicken Skewers with Sliced Plantains

If you don’t have cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and salt, you can use any combination of these spices. Chicken thighs can be used in place of chicken breasts. If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the chicken skewers in a grill pan on the stove over medium high heat.

You can add cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, or any other vegetables that you like.

Yield: 6 servings
Time: 30 minutes


  • One serving of Chicken Skewers with Plantain has approximately 210 calories, 26 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 11 grams of carbs.
  • This recipe is a good source of protein and dietary fiber.
  • Chicken is a lean protein source that is low in calories and fat.
  • Plantains are a good source of dietary fiber and contain the vitamins A, C and B6.

Storage instructions

  • Chicken skewers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Plantains will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


Can I make the chicken in the over or broiler instead of grilling it?

>Yes, you can broil the chicken skewers. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place the chicken skewers on a

What can I make as a side dish instead of plantains?

>If you don’t have (or don’t like) plantains, you can serve the chicken skewers with a side of rice, quinoa, any type of potatoes – fried, baked, twice-baked, boiled, grilled, potato salad, french fries, and/or a lovely green salad. Your options are open!

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

>Chicken skewers can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 months.

Why should I consider organic vegetables over non-organic?

>There are many health benefits to eating organic vegetables. Organic vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other harmful chemicals. This means that they are safer to eat and better for the environment. Organic vegetables are also often more nutritious than non-organic vegetables because they are not exposed to these harmful chemicals.

What is organic chicken?

>Organic chicken is chicken that is raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. The chickens are also fed an organic diet and have access to the outdoors.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

>Yes, this recipe is gluten-free. Chicken and plantains are naturally gluten-free. Make sure to use gluten-free spices and skewers if you are strictly following a gluten-free diet.