Today’s healthy chicken spiedini recipe will show you how to make this Italian dish at home. But what exactly is spiedini? Let’s find out.
What Is Spiedini?
“Spiedini” is an Italian word that refers to skewers of meatballs or meat cubes. So, chicken spiedini basically means chicken skewers.
The most common cooking method for spiedini is grilling because it gives the chicken a beautiful charring and a smoky flavor.
Is Chicken Spiedini Healthy?
Yes, our chicken spiedini recipe is healthy. Here’s why:
It’s high in protein: Thanks to the boneless, skinless chicken breast, our chicken skewers and pasta contain 42.5 grams of protein per serving.
It’s low in fat: There are only 6 grams of saturated fat in one serving of our chicken spiedini and spaghetti. We use enough olive oil, butter, and cheese to ensure the flavor of the dish.
It contains carbs but isn’t high in calories: We’re serving the chicken with a side of spaghetti and tomato sauce to make it a wholesome meal. One serving of chicken and pasta provides only 480 calories, but it will surely leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Want to know more about your recommended daily calorie and fat intake? Check out our healthy eating guidelines for all the useful information you need.
Ingredients for Chicken Spiedini
Here are the main ingredients for today’s healthy, oven-baked chicken spiedini recipe:
Boneless, skinless chicken breast: We’ll show you how to prepare later.
Seasoning for the chicken: Italian seasonings, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes. We also use a touch of lemon juice to tenderize the meat and olive oil to keep it juicy.
Pasta and sauce: For this recipe, we’re making a simple tomato sauce with garlic, butter, and chicken broth to pair it with spaghetti. We use parmesan cheese to season the sauce and pasta instead of salt.
Fresh herbs: We use coriander for the chicken and parsley for the pasta. If you’re not a fan of these two, feel free to leave them out.
How to Cut Chicken for Chicken Spiedini
Some recipes may tell you to cut your boneless, skinless chicken breasts into cubes, but we have a better idea. For this recipe, we recommend cutting the chicken into ½-inch thick strips and, here’s why:
Strips are thinner and have more surface area than cubes. This allows them to absorb the seasonings better and faster without having to marinate for some time.
Since they’re thinner, they cook faster. You can cook them at high heat for a shorter time and they won’t become dry.
Skewers made with cubed chicken take more time to cook as the meat is thicker.
You need to cook the chicken long enough for the interior to cook. However, by the time it’s done, the outside will likely be overcooked and have become dry and tough.
How to Make Chicken Spiedini
First, you will need to marinate the chicken. Simply combine the chicken with all the spices in a large mixing bowl and you’re good to go.
“How long should I marinate the chicken?” you asked. Actually, since we cut the chicken into strips, it absorbs the flavors well and doesn’t need to rest.
At this point, you can proceed to assemble the skewers.
Fold a strip of chicken in half and pierce each layer through the pointed end of the skewer. Push that piece down to the bottom of the skewer and continue to stack more pieces of chicken on top.
Once all the skewers are done, bake the chicken on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet in the oven for 7 minutes. We recommend putting the chicken on the bottom shelf of the oven to prevent it from drying out too fast.
While the chicken is cooking, you can start cooking your pasta and sauce. It’s best to work simultaneously so that all of your food is ready at the same time to plate up.
How to Store and Reheat The Leftover
If you have leftover chicken spiedini and pasta, place it in a microwave-safe airtight container. It will last for up to five days in the refrigerator.
To reheat, simply unseal the lid so that it covers the food loosely and microwave for 2 minutes.
This dish is perfect for meal-prepping for the whole week. You can make a big batch of it and divide it into serving portions.
Meal preparation allows you to save time and energy as you don’t have to cook and clean up every day. Instead, you will have healthy, homemade ready meals waiting for you in the fridge.
What To Serve With Chicken Spiedini
Our chicken spiedini may be delicious, but it lacks fiber. We recommend serving it with a side of Greek salad to bring more vegetables into your meal.
Since both of these dishes are Mediterranean, their flavor profile naturally compliments each other.
We also reckon it would be nice, after this dish, to enjoy a glass of lemon watermelon juice to cleanse your palate. Don’t worry; it’s a low-calorie drink and won’t exceed your recommended calorie intake.
Comfort Foods in the Shapes of Pasta
This ground chicken pasta recipe will work its way into your list of comfort food recipes, we’re sure. It has all the components of a delectable and kid-friendly meal: easy-to-eat ground chicken with a smooth and creamy tomato sauce.
This one is also a homemade classic, with tender chicken, earthy bok choy, and soft egg noodles—all immersed in a deep, savory sauce. Everything comes together in just half an hour, possessing that iconic warmth and coziness of Chinese dishes.
20 oz skinless boneless chicken breast (cut into strips)
12 oz cooked spaghetti
4 oz cherry tomato (cut in half lengthwise)
1.5 oz shredded parmesan cheese
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic (minced)
1/4 cup unsalted chicken broth
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp fresh coriander (roughly chopped)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp fresh parsley (roughly chopped)
1/2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
Preheat the oven to 480°F
Marinate the chicken: While you wait, combine the chicken with 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp oregano in a large mixing bowl.
Mix well to distribute the spices evenly.
Assemble chicken skewers: Divide the chicken into 8 equal portions. Pierce it onto 8 bamboo skewers. Place it on a rack over a baking sheet.
Bake the chicken: Place the rack and baking sheet on the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake for 7 minutes.
Season the chicken: Remove the chicken from the oven. Sprinkle it with 2 tbsp coriander and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. Set aside.
Cook the pasta sauce: In a nonstick pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 tbsp minced garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds.
Add 4 oz cherry tomato and stir fry for 30 seconds.
Then add 1/4 cup unsalted chicken broth and cook for 2 minutes.
Season the sauce with 1.5 oz shredded parmesan cheese and 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard.
Mix the pasta with the sauce: Add 12 oz cooked spaghetti to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, sprinkle with 2 tbsp fresh parsley and mix well.
Garnish and serve: Arrange the chicken and pasta on a plate and serve.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 480Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Vitamin A 750IU
Vitamin C 11mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Chicken Spiedini Recipe
This is so flavorful and I keep all of these spices in my pantry, even better!
Thanks so much!
the flavor of the chicken is incredible!
So glad you enjoyed it!
Super tasty dinner – love the flavours!
I love the flavours in this dish, so easy to make at home too!
Thanks so much!
yum – loved everything about this meal
Thanks so much, Janelle!
Wow! This chicken spiedini recipe looks so delish!!:) I will be trying this on the weekend. Thanks!:)
Thanks so much, Jerika!
Wonderful chicken recipe! The flavors are amazing.
So delicious, a nice change from regular bolognese sauce.