Chicken skers recipe

Harissa Chicken Skewers

This quick and easy 20-minute recipe is easy to make, fun for children to eat and easily adaptable for younger babies. I make it at least once a fortnight and it’s usually always well received. It’s also a great dish to prepare in advance and put under the grill at the last minute.

7 wooden kebab skewers
450g Diced chicken
1 chorizo sausage, sliced
3 mixed bell peppers (Whole Padron peppers are also great here)
1 red onion
A handful of chestnut mushrooms
1-2 tsp Harissa
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon

chicken skewers


• Mix the harissa, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl. Add the diced chicken, mix well, cover and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for several hours.

• Cut the peppers, onion, chorizo and mushrooms into fairly evenly sized pieces. (This can also be done in advance and stored in the refrigerator until needed.)

• Soak wooden skewers in warm water for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking to ensure they don’t burn under the grill. When you are ready to cook, simply thread the chicken, peppers, onion, mushrooms and chorizo onto the skewers and grill for 20 minutes on a medium heat, turning once. Check that the chicken is cooked thoroughly before serving.


An alternative for children and babies:

• For children that prefer a dish that packs less heat use an alternative marinade. A simple mix of lemon juice, olive oil and garlic works well. It still has plenty of flavour but none of the chilli. I would also leave out the chorizo as cured meat obviously has a very high salt content. If your children are anything like mine, the red onion occasionally gets a funny look too...

• For babies under 12 months, plain chicken is fine. Of course, remove from the stick before serving and slice into manageable strips. Grilled peppers and mushrooms are also absolutely fine for babies over 6 months so plain veggie skewers also work well here.

chicken skewers served
I usually serve this dish with brown rice and corn on the cob, both favourites with my kids! You could use homemade wedges and a salad or simple green veg as an alternative. If you give this recipe a try and it’s a success, don’t forget to share to your Instagram stories and tag @thepostnatalnanny Enjoy! x