Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos, or little skewers, are an Uruguayan delight of marinated chicken kebabs grilled and served with chimichurri  dip.
Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos is my recipe of the day with  the  blogging group Eat the World. We join hands once per month to post  new delicious recipes from other cuisines. And this month we travel to Uruguay in South America. Even if only from our kitchens.

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Pinchitos refers to “little skewers” and  in this case  it is grilled chicken, which is done up  in a simple savory marinade. I  serve it with a chimichurri sauce, which  you  can  either make yourself or buy.

A Green Side

But these kebabs also taste delicious  on their own.  They do  need something to go  with, however,  so I finished out my  plate with grilled asparagus. To  those,  I trimmed  the stalks, then tossed them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and threw them on the grill.

Those also taste great on their own. But they also taste great dipped  in chimichurri.

A Not So  Green  Side

And I finished out my plate with some fresh pineapple. They were on sale this week for a buck apiece so I grabbed two. It was a perfect complement to the plate. And all very healthy.

But the pineapple does not  go with the chimichurri. Imagine that.  (laughs)

And the Perfect Ending

I finished out  my healthy  meal with a plate of Capirotada de Leche, which is a Mexican bread pudding drowned in dulce de leche and atole  made from piloncillo syrup. You’ll see that one Monday  with Baking Bloggers. Sorry to make you wait,   but it is what it is. (more laughs) Hey. It’s  worth waiting for! 🙂

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Check out all the wonderful Uruguayan dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!

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Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Pasta Caruso
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Empanadas a la Criolla, Uruguayan Wines, and Upcoming Tannat Day
Kitchen Frau: Torta de Fiambre (Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches)
Cultureatz: Chaja Cake, an Uruguayan Peach Meringue Layer Cake
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Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

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Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Grilled Chicken Pinchitos

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marination Time 2 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine South American, Uruguay
Servings 4


  • Grill


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 wooden skewers soaked in water for one hour or more
  • 1/2 cup prepared chimichurri sauce optional dip


  • Soak wooden skewers in water several hours before using.
  • Chop chicken into chunks and mix with marinade; rest refrigerated for several hours.
  • Thread chicken onto skewers and grill over moderately hot coals, until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with chimichurri sauce as a dip if you like.


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Keyword chicken kebabs, grilled chicken
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6 responses

  1. These skewers look so delicious! Love the marinade and the tasty chimichurri sauce to go with them, yum!

  2. I’m so glad barbecue season is starting, because I can’t wait to try out your chicken Pinchitos. I love the simple combination of spices on them, but I’m guessing there’s a lot of fantastic flavour! Yum.

  3. This is excellent! The marinated chicken is wonderful all on it’s own; that is the way my husband ate it since he isn’t a fan of chimichurri. He kept saying how much he loved the flavor of the chicken. My son and I ate it with the chimichurri sauce mixed with some chopped avocado and thought it was amazing. Thank you!

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