Pinchos de Pollo (Chicken Skewers)

Pinchos are traditional street food in Puerto Rico and can be made from pork or chicken that has been marinated in a tangy sauce and then grilled to perfection. You can serve these as an appetizer or a light meal. Leftovers are great to put on top of a salad, too!


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Pinchoes de Pollo
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4 servings
  • 1 tablespoon (10 g) minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon fine Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (2 g) minced fresh oregano, or 1 tsp (2 g) dried
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 lime)
  • 1 ½ lb (680 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  1. Have ready 7 to 9 skewers. If using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  2. In a bowl, combine the garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, oil, and lime juice and stir to form a paste.
  3. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks and place in a glass container with a lid. Pour the marinade over the chicken and stir to combine.
  4. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight.
  5. Prepare a grill for direct cooking over medium heat (325 to 375F [170 to 190C]). Depending on the type of grill, this may take 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and thread it onto the skewers, spreading each piece as flat as possible and leaving a very small space between each piece.
  7. Once the grill is hot, brush the cooking grates clean, if necessary (to prevent sticking).
  8. Grill the kebabs over direct medium heat, keeping the lid closed as much as possible, until the chicken is firm to the touch and no longer pink in the centre, 8 to 10 minutes total, turning once or twice during cooking. Take care not overcook.
  9. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.

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  1. BUrban August 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    My husband and I have been wanting to grill this week. We are going to try this chicken recipe. It sounds great!

  2. maria Fernanda August 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Simple and delicious, to the thousands of ways I like chicken I add this recipe, thank you very much!

  3. maria Fernanda August 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    The right measure between sweet and salt … I love it !! Delicate to the look and a mouth-watering feast!

  4. Lili August 14, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Trying tonight!! What a great easy bbq recipe!

  5. Samantha August 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    The marinade was extremely simply and I plan on using it for chicken breasts in the future. I served these with zucchini and tomato in between the chicken during a cocktail event and everyone devoured the kebobs. Simple yet tasty!

  6. Delsin West August 15, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

    These chicken skewers are simply delicious! I like to add mushrooms and cut up bell peppers to the skewers to add extra flavor.

  7. Laura August 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Very simple skewers. I added shrimp and tomatoes with mine for extra flavor. I also cooked well done as I like my grilled items well done!

  8. Mel August 16, 2017 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Pinchos are something I grew up with and these came out great! I added mushrooms and peppers with mine, so it’s definitely a recipe to play with.

  9. Belle Carandang August 16, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Exciting to prepare with the grilling activity. I love it well done, very delicious with its smoky taste. The kids adore it!

  10. Anna August 16, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    This is perfection!! In love with the taste, so simple and so good!

  11. Reema August 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Love this recipe! Great summer dish. What else could be great on the grill? I am preparing this for tomorrow’s night. 😀

  12. Paxton R. Ozbun August 19, 2017 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Love grilling chicken. These skewers were great

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