Shrimp and Chicken Kebobs With Blackberry Hazelnut Marinade Recipe

Friday, July 15, 2011
A simple fresh marinade with fresh berries and olive oil, some garlic and you will love these summer grilled flavors.

Whether its seafood or chicken this marinade is perfect for both.

Grilled to perfection.

Blackberries are in abundance this time of year and just the right sweetness on this combo.

4 chicken breasts
20 raw extra large shrimp cleaned

1 cup of fresh blackberries or raspberries
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon each black pepper, garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and kosher salt
1/4 cup hazelnuts

Mix in a food processor put all ingredients except the meat and fish in the blender till smooth
In two separate bowls marinate the shrimp in one with 1/4 cup of marinade and the chicken in another with 1/4 cup marinade. Save the rest for basting while grilling. Marinate at least two to three hours. Put shrimp on skewers, you can also cut up the chicken and alternate kebobs and make chicken kabobs as well. Otherwise grill chicken and shrimp separately.On a hot grill start cooking the chicken first as the shrimp takes less time. (3 to 4 minutes for shrimps and 5 to 7 minutes each side for chicken.)

Grill till shrimp is pink and the juices run clear on the chicken.

 Serve with  assorted salad greens, topped with blackberries, hazelnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette below:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup pureed fresh raspberries or blackberries
1/2 cup raspberry wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
mix all together, pour over greens.


  1. What a particular recipe! I never thought to combine shrimp and chicken together. I'm curious about berries marinade too. These skewers look very good. Bye, ha a gret day

  2. Love the seasoning with the kebabs.....mmmm

  3. Yum! One of may favorite fruits plus favorite meats to grill. How can this be anything but good?

  4. The shrimp and chicken absolutely must be cooked separately. Also, I hope you bought a whole chicken and not just breasts.

  5. I love your marinade!Very original!Hugs,dear!

  6. This sounds so good. I love how you pureed the berries in with the other ingredients to give it that flavor and then used it again in the salad. This sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  7. love blackberries!
    I like your bbq photos!
    I love the recipe, though!

    Best Regards!

  8. Oh Claudia, it's been a hectic week. I am so tired right & sleepy now but just can't stand without leaving you a note. Your sauce sounds fantastic. I adored the blackberry so much. thanks for sharing & hope you're enjoying your day, dear.

  9. Claudia what an incredible marinade. The ingredients are so well paired and yet it's so simple to make - I love it!

  10. This sounds so delicious. Blackberries are just now starting to appear in our markets. I'll use some of my stash to make your marinade.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. What a delicious sounding marinade. The shrimp have my mouth watering. Yummy!

  12. Claudia this looks amazing. I love checking out these great combinations of fruit and spices. I first saw Bo from Bo's Bowl use fig and balsamic,(I had to try it) I just did chicken with pomegranate and chipotle, now I so want to try this! YUM!

  13. This looks like an fabulous change from everyday bbq!

  14. Maybe simple but definitely yummy.Great marinade.And lovely pictures;)

  15. Yum Claudia - this is going on my newspaper! xo

  16. It's so hard for me to get to blogs these days and when I finally am at home and sit down for an hour - you make it all worthwhile. My raspberries are just coming - just not into the house these days (I stand and snack) but now I raspberry pick with renewed enthusiasm.

  17. Your marinade is so incredible. Love it for both chicken and seafood.
    Your right about the abundance of the berries here in Florida.
    Everything looks so yummy and photos are beautiful'

  18. Claudia I want to eat at your place. A lot. :)

    This would be a perfect meal for me. honest.

  19. You know you've got a winner when I buzz something with hazelnuts in it cause I don't like them lol. But I could very well change my mind for this :-D Definitely buzzed!

  20. The berries make a great addition to your marinade! By the looks of them, I would have had to restrain from eating them as is. Nice grilled post.

  21. Claudia,
    You have the most inspiring recipes! I've been wanting to try tofu kabobs and this blackberry ( or rasberry) marinade sounds amazing. Can't wait to give it a try.

  22. Always looking for new kebob recipes! What a great twist with the hazelnuts! Yummo!

  23. I've never tried berries on marinade so this is something new to try. Lovely chicken but I just love shrimps so those get my vote.

  24. What a great marinade! Never would have put blackberry in there, but I am sure it is wonderful!

  25. What a fantastic marinade...beautiful summer flavor!

  26. Altho I can't eat shellfish, I can enjoy this delightful berry marinade. I'm sure it would be delish on pork or chicken! Your talent is amazing, Claudia!


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