Heartburn-Friendly Broiled Chicken Kabobs

Chicken kabobs with skewer and zucchini on plate

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Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Servings: 4

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

437 calories
10g fat
41g carbs
45g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 437
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 45g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 846mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Whether it's spelled kabob, kebab, kebob, or kebap, the word (literally meaning "skewer"), comes from Turkish and was popular with Asian soldiers, who roasted meats on their sword blades. This heartburn-friendly broiled chicken kabobs recipe is easy and takes all of 35 minutes to prepare from start to finish. An added plus is that it is low in fat.

Since too much fat in a dish can actually cause heartburn, a recipe that is low fat is more likely to lessen your chances of having heartburn. So now you can indulge your passion for kabobs without fear.

This recipe calls for wooden skewers that have been soaked, but some kabob pundits prefer to use metal skewers to prevent the chance of the wood splintering into the food. The choice is yours. In either case, lightly coat the skewers with a little olive oil before using. Your food will slide much more easily onto them.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Nonstick vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 cups zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups small whole button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice, cooked according to directions without salt or fat


  1. In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, oregano, basil, rosemary, and parsley.

  2. Add chicken pieces to a bowl and mix well, coating all sides of the chicken.

  3. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Spray a broiler pan with nonstick vegetable spray.

  5. Stir zucchini pieces and button mushrooms into the bowl of the chicken mixture until well coated.

  6. Thread chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini pieces alternating them onto skewers.

  7. Place kabobs on broiler pan

  8. Broil 5 minutes on each side, turning once.

  9. Serve with hot brown rice.

Variations and Substitutions

A shish kebab is a skewer of grilled meat (lamb, beef, fish or chicken, and pork in some cultures) with vegetables like green peppers, onions, and mushrooms. You can swap the chicken for these protein alternatives if preferred.

If you don't have skewers, you can also roast the chicken and vegetables loose on a baking sheet instead.

Though nonstick sprays are convenient, you can also use a basting brush with vegetable oil to coat the pan for the same results.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Kabobs are traditionally served over a bed of rice with pita bread. You can serve them on or off the skewer with dipping sauces of choice.
  • Tzatziki makes an excellent sauce for these kebabs.

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By Sharon Gillson
Sharon Gillson is a writer living with and covering GERD and other digestive issues.