How to Cook Kebabs in Air Fryer: Grill Flavorful Skewers the Easy Way


Last Updated: July 5th, 2023

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Are you curious about how to cook kebabs in air fryer? I got you! This quick recipe talks about everything you need to know, including tips that will help you prepare this dish like a seasoned chef, even if you do not have the experience!

From the charred exterior to the juicy flesh, air-fried kebabs are sure to be a treat to the tastebuds! The flavors come not only from the meat itself but also from everything else you cook it with, including onions and bell pepper.

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What is Kebab?

Kebab, kabab, or kabob? However, you spell it, one thing remains the same – it is a delicious dish bursting with flavors!

In this recipe, I will call it kebab. It is a delicacy popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries. It is grilled meat in a skewer, much like a barbecue on a stick. They are generally cooked over charcoal, giving them a unique texture and flavor.

One thing that you will often find in kebabs is that aside from meat, they are skewered alternately with bell peppers and onions. Although, some prefer to cook only the meat.

While the traditional way of cooking kebab is on a grill, you can also prepare it in an air fryer, which is what I will be using in this recipe.

Why Cook Kebabs in an Air Fryer?

One of the best things about cooking kebabs in an air fryer is that it is healthy. Cooking in high heat, especially in an open flame, exposes the food to carcinogens. According to studies, they can increase the risk of cancer. For your peace of mind, you might want to cook in an air fryer instead.

More than being a healthier choice, air frying kebabs is also convenient. It is a time-saver since you do not have to prepare the grill, especially if you intend to use charcoals. Plus, the clean-up will be a breeze. Most air fryers will have non-stick surfaces, so food will not stick. In turn, it is a snap to clean once you are done.

To add, grilling kebabs produces a lot of smoke. This is if you are not using a smokeless grill. You might not even be able to do it outdoors. Not to mention, the smell of the smoke can be annoying. Hence, an air fryer can be a better choice. This is especially true if you are using an air fryer grill combo.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Cook Kebabs in Air Fryer

For this recipe, I am using chicken breasts. While you can use other kinds of meat, I chose the latter because it is healthier. It is also more affordable.

1.    Ingredients

  • Chicken breast, cubed
  • Red bell pepper
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Zucchini
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger

2.    Instructions

  1. In a bowl, toss the chicken, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, and ginger. Mix until the marinade covers the chicken. While you can leave it for 15 minutes to an hour, I suggest marinating overnight to make it more flavorful.
  2. Assemble everything in a skewer. Before doing so, ensure that the length of the skewer is fit for the air fryer. Start with the chicken, then zucchini, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and onion. Repeat the same arrangement until you cover the skewer leaving at least an inch empty.
  3. Arrange the chicken skewers in an air fryer. Do not stack. Leave enough space between each piece. While it is optional, I suggest lining the air fryer with aluminum foil, which will make it easier to clean once done.
  4. Set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for ten minutes.
  5. Flip the skewer and cook it for 7 or 10 minutes.
  6. Check the meat. If you do not want to be left guessing, I suggest using a thermometer. It is cooked once the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


1.    How long to cook kebabs in air fryer?

The length of cooking kebabs in an air fryer depends on many things, such as the type and size of the meat, as well as the temperature. For cubed chicken breast in a 350-degree air fryer, cooking takes up to 20 minutes, flipping halfway. At 400 degrees Fahrenheit, it takes 8 to 10 minutes.

2.    What kind of meat do you use for kebabs?

Lamb is the traditional meat you will find in kebabs. However, with its regional variations, you can use almost any type of meat available, including chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and veal. Some may even use fish, especially those who are looking for a healthier alternative to red meat.

3.    Can I put wooden skewers in an air fryer?

Yes, you can put wooden skewers in an air fryer. It is safe. However, one of the most important is to ensure its proper length depending on the size of the air fryer. You might also want to use metal skewers as an alternative.

4.    Which sauce is best for kebabs?

While it is a matter of personal preference, one of the best sauces for air-fried kebabs is tzatziki sauce. It is made of yogurt, garlic, cucumber, salt, lemon juice, vinegar, and herbs.

5.    What do you eat with kebabs?

Rice is one of the best sides to eat with kebab. If you are looking for something healthier, pita bread or salad is great. You might also want to enjoy it with corn on the cob, potato salad, and baked sweet potatoes.


In this recipe, I shared how to cook kebabs in air fryer. As you can see, it is easy! The cooking time takes only 15 to 20 minutes. For the best results, I suggest marinating your choice of meat so it packs more flavors! Finish with the right sauce, and it will be a treat for the taste buds!

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Thomas S.

Hey there! I've been cooking for myself and loved ones since the age of 18. In our busy world I've always looked for ways to be more time efficient when it comes to preparing food but also creating tasty and healthy dishes. That's when I came accross air fryers a few years ago and eversince I am trying to spread the word of the benefits of these wonderful machines.