Buttermilk chicken skewers recipe

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  • Low-fat
makes: 6
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 249 kCal 12%
Fat 13g 19%
  -  Saturates 4g 20%
Carbohydrates 7g 12%

Buttermilk chicken skewers are a BBQ classic with a twist. Marinating the chicken pieces in buttermilk tenderises the meat, thanks to the acidity of the buttermilk. Chunks of fresh pineapple add a wonderful sweetness to these buttermilk chicken skewers, and the punchy dip gives an extra burst of flavour. Our dip is inspired by a classic American Thousand Island dressing, but we’ve added crème fraiche to give it a bit of tang that works so well with the chicken. Buttermilk chicken skewers are such a step up from plain chicken kebabs, but are simple enough that the whole family will be able to enjoy them, and they aren’t a faff to make either! For more family friendly barbecue recipes, check out our homemade burgers or our veggie halloumi skewers.


  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • ½ a whole pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
  • For the marinade
  • 120ml buttermilk
  • 2tsp smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 4tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4tbsp crème fraiche
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp Tabasco
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • You will need
  • 6 skewers


  • In a large bowl, toss together the chicken breast pieces, buttermilk, smoked paprika, and lemon juice. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour, or if possible, leave it overnight to get the best results.

  • The following day, remove the chicken from the marinade and season well with salt and pepper. Thread the chunks of chicken and pineapple onto skewers and grill on a medium-hot BBQ or in a hot griddle pan for 15 min turning regularly until cooked through.

  • To make the sauce, mix the mayonnaise, crème fraiche, mustard, paprika, Tabasco and lemon zest together. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl alongside the skewers as a dip.

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