Last updated February 14, 2018

This grilled lemon chicken wrapped in pancetta is bursting with fresh citrus flavor and is super juicy.

white platter of chicken skewers

This is the best summer chicken recipe I’ve ever created. It’s bursting with fresh citrus flavor and is super juicy thanks to the thin pancetta.

It starts with a quick marinade of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary. You don’t want to let the chicken marinate for more than 30 minutes because the acidity in lemon juice will begin to cook the chicken. Just toss it and begin wrapping.

bowl of diced chicken in lemon marinade

Each chicken nugget is wrapped in pancetta – an Italian bacon. It has that bacon-like smokiness we all love and just the right pork belly mix of fat and meat. Because it’s sliced much thinner, it cooks up fast and crispy on the grill. The crispy smokiness punched with the citrus and a hint of rosemary just screams summer.

close up of chicken wrapped in pancetta on skewers

Slide each wrapped chicken piece onto skewers. If you use wooden skewers, soak them first, so they don’t burn too much.

white platter of grilled chicken and grilled eggplant above

For a quick, easy side dish, make a little extra marinade for eggplant, zucchini or asparagus. Toss the marinated veggies on the grill while you prepare the chicken. Super summery and delicious.

white platter of chicken skewers

Grilled Lemon Chicken Wrapped in Pancetta

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, grilled, lemon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

This grilled lemon chicken wrapped in pancetta is bursting with fresh citrus flavor and is super juicy.

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Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 4 ozs sliced pancetta

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into about 2-inch cubes. Place in a bowl. Zest and juice the lemon. Add the zest and juice to the chicken with the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss to coat.
  2. Tear each pancetta slice in half and wrap around a chicken cube.
  3. Skewer the wrapped chicken onto kabob sticks.
  4. Grill on medium heat for 14 minutes (7 minutes per side). Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Lemon Chicken Wrapped in Pancetta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 577mg25%
Potassium 406mg12%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 15.6mg19%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.