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Chicken Skewers with Macedonian Taratur Sauce

This Chicken Skewers recipe makes the most tender, flavorful chicken served with a creamy Macedonian yogurt sauce called Taratur. It’s easy to make and out-of-this-world delicious!

A serving plate with cooked chicken skewers and lemon wedges

The Most Incredible Chicken Skewers Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy chicken dinner idea everyone will devour, look no further! This chicken skewers recipe can be prepped in advance and then cooks up in just 15 minutes. The end result is perfectly tender, juicy chicken threaded onto wooden skewers and served with a flavorful Macedonian dipping sauce called Taratur.

And friends, the dipping sauce is a whole experience of its own. Taratur is made with fresh ingredients and tastes like a big ol’ bowl of summer. It’s garlicky, it’s crunchy, it’s cold, and it’s ridiculously amazing.

Why You’ll Love These Chicken Skewers

  • Easy. Prep the chicken the night before and then grill it up for dinner. The marinade is super simple and cook time is 15 minutes in total.
  • Flavorful. The chicken is marinated in a lemon-thyme mixture together with garlic and olive oil. Need I say more? Every bite is brimming with flavor.
  • Flexible. You can serve these chicken skewers with all sorts of sides, like your favorite salad, grilled veggies, you name it. I have shared some of my favorite ideas below.
Up close shot of chicken skewers arranged on a serving platter.

How to Make Chicken Skewers with Taratur Sauce

Here’s a quick overview of how to make this easy chicken skewers recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for ingredients and full instructions.

  • Marinate the chicken. Cut chicken into long strips, then place the pieces in a ziploc bag with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Grill the chicken. Discard the marinade and thread the chicken onto wooden skewers. Cook over medium heat on a grill brushed with vegetable oil until the chicken is no longer pink (about 10 to 12 minutes). Turn the chicken once during the cooking time.
A bowl of taratur sauce with a spoon.
  • Make the taratur sauce. A few hours before you’re ready to start grilling, make the taratur sauce. Drizzle some oil, walnuts, and chopped mint on top. Chill in the fridge. Then serve with your skewers.

What Is Taratur Sauce?

Judging by the ingredients, you may think that Taratur is the same as Tzatziki, but let me stop you right there. Taratur is a traditional Macedonian summer side dish or dip (it can be served either way), which is similar to Tzatziki, but it is not the same.

The variations are in the extra ingredients used in Taratur and in the thickness of the yogurt. The yogurt used for Tzatziki is as thick as a spread, whereas the yogurt used for Taratur is thinner because Taratur is meant to be either eaten with a spoon, or used as a sauce or dip for various grilled meats and sandwiches.

Close up of a chicken skewer brushed with yogurt sauce.

What to Serve With Chicken Skewers

Chicken skewers are the perfect summer dinner. They’re quick, easy, and go with so many different sides. Here are a few of my favorite pairings:

  • Salad. I love this crunchy Green Goddess Salad with chicken and you can’t beat the summery freshness of this Tomato Burrata Salad. You can also serve this grilled chicken as part of a salad itself, like in this Lemon Kale Caesar Salad.
  • Veggies. Ok, have you ever tried halloumi? It is a kind of cheese and you can heat up on the grill and it’s unbelievably delicious with grilled vegetables. I also love air fryer corn on the cob and grilled zucchini with this recipe.
  • For all of the above suggestions, you can drizzle extra taratur sauce on top. It goes wonderfully with salad, crunchy fresh veggies, grilled veggies, and even bread.
  • Cocktails. Is it wrong to suggest a refreshing cocktail to go with this grilling recipe? I hope not cause I’m gonna do it. On a hot summer day when you’ve fired up the grill, there’s nothing like a White Claw Slushie or Campari Spritz to sip along with grilled chicken and your favorite sides.
A serving plate with cooked chicken skewers and lemon wedges.

How to Store Extras

  • To store leftovers, allow the chicken to cool before placing it in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months, defrosting in the fridge before reheating.
  • Store the Taratur sauce separately in a container for 2 to 3 days. Stir well before using. Avoid freezing the sauce as it affects the texture.

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A serving plate with cooked chicken skewers and lemon wedges

Chicken Skewers with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Katerina | Diethood
Deliciously marinated chicken skewers are grilled to perfection and accompanied by a refreshing Garlic Yogurt Sauce known as Taratur.
4.88 from 16 votes
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


For The Chicken Skewers
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • wooden skewers
For The Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Taratur)
  • 1 small English cucumber, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, , minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups non-fat plain yogurt
  • ½ cup walnuts, ground + couple more tablespoons of ground walnuts on the side for sprinkling on top of the dip
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped mint
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


For The Chicken Skewers
  • Cut the chicken lengthwise into 12 to 16 strips.
  • Place chicken in a resealable bag and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, Italian Seasoning, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper; whisk until well incorporated.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal the bag.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.
  • Thread the chicken onto wooden skewers.
  • Heat the grill to a medium heat.
  • Brush grilling surface with vegetable oil.
  • Place the chicken skewers on the grill, directly over heat.
  • Grill for 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, turning the skewers once during cooking.
For The Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Taratur)
  • Dice the cucumbers and try to absorb as much of the moisture as possible by drying off the cucumber pieces with a paper towel.
  • Place cucumbers and minced garlic in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil; mix it all together.
  • Stir in the yogurt and ground walnuts.
  • Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle with remaining ground walnuts and add the mint.
  • Chill before serving it in an individual, cup-sized bowl OR drizzle some of it over the chicken skewers as I have done here.
  • Add chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve.


  • Marinate the Chicken: Marinating the chicken before grilling infuses it with flavor and helps to tenderize the meat. Aim for at least 30 minutes, but if you have time, a few hours or even overnight would yield the best results.
  • Soak the Skewers: If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, remember to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken. This will prevent them from burning on the grill.
  • Uniform Pieces: Try to cut your chicken into uniformly sized pieces. This ensures even cooking.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Skewers: Leave a little space between the pieces of chicken on the skewer to allow heat to circulate evenly.
  • Taratur Sauce: Fresh ingredients are key here. Using fresh garlic, cucumbers, and quality yogurt will result in a flavorful and tangy sauce that pairs perfectly with the chicken.
  • Grill Care: Make sure your grill is preheated, and the grates are clean and oiled before adding the skewers. This helps the chicken cook evenly and prevents sticking.


Calories: 292 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 23 g | Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 50 mg | Sodium: 346 mg | Potassium: 622 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 8 g | Vitamin A: 87 IU | Vitamin C: 6 mg | Calcium: 192 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: chicken shish kebab, chicken skewers, greek chicken kabobs, taratur
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49 comments on “Chicken Skewers with Macedonian Taratur Sauce”

  1. This chicken is absolutely delicious! The tartar sauce is amazing. I’m already thinking about what else I can put it on.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Sure! I personally like them warm, but yeah, you can make these couple of days ahead, just don’t add the yogurt sauce until ready to serve.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      You will want to soak the wooden skewers in water, first. Then thread the marinated chicken on the skewers, transfer to a greased jelly roll pan and put them in a 450 degree oven on the center rack. Bake for 10 minutes, turn over and continue to bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until chicken is done. Chicken is cooked at 165F internal temperature.

  2. Made this tonight …excellent!! I just sauteed the chicken in my copper skillet, since I don’t have an indoor grill. I didn’t have walnuts or mint but the sauce was still awesome without it. I made the sauce about an hour before we ate. I think the sauce should be made earlier so the flavors meld together more. Lowfat & yummy. Served with a salad on there side.

  3. Yum! This looks like an amazing recipe. I know what I’m cooking for dinner tomorrow. Looks super fresh and healthy.

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    Happy Friday! Just letting you know that I featured this recipe today in my Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays. I am intrigued by the sauce; hope a lot of my readers will try it!

  5. Made this chicken for lunch today, but marinated it overnight. DELICIOUS! The only thing I would change is no italian seasoning and stick with just parsley and oregano. The basil and thyme made it less Mediterranean than I wanted but still super tasty! Also did not include the nuts in my meal, since I didn’t have any on hand but the sauce was phenomenal either way! Would definitely make this again!

  6. As an adult I get the whole texture thing, but for the youngins who haven’t got the taste buds yet, possible to purée the sauce in the processor for a smoother finish??

  7. I’m with you on thinking that 2005 was just 3 years ago – I mean, it’s seriously been 10 years? 🙂 Anyway, this looks absolutely amazing and I need to try this – that Taratur (how have I never heard of it before now??!) is calling my name!

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    Cate | Chez CateyLou

    You managed to make chicken look pretty!! These skewers are really so pretty, and that sauce…pretty sure I would eat that with a spoon!

  9. Made this tonight….I was literally licking my plate clean. The taratur sauce is so full of flavor and texture. I’m going to probably put it on everything this summer.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Wow! This sounds amazing, and your photos are amazing! And the sauce sounds amazing! Love everything about this!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft

    The taratur sauce is something I know I would put on just about everything. We grill almost every night and I’ll be putting this recipe on our menu this week.

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    I have a feeling I’m going to be putting this taratur sauce on everything, including these skewers. Looks amazing!!

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    Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Lovveee Persian food and I love these skewers!
    That sauce look delicious!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Oh my gosh these skewers look amazing!! We have a Persian restaurant that we have visited and it was amazing! I bet these are too!

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    Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    Everything about this recipe looks incredible, from the marinade to the taratur sauce! I’d never heard of taratur before but now I really want to try it!

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen

    Delicious! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes and I’ve actually never had this sauce so i’m dying to try it out.

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Time sure flies when your having fun! 🙂 Its weird to think I was in college back in 2005! Totally loving this recipe girl, the cucumber garlic yogurt sauce sounds incredible, pretty sure that needs to happen at our house asap!

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